Saturday 16 December 2017

Jobs figures show major slump in white collar work

Aideen Sheehan Consumer Correspondent

GLOOMY new employment figures show fewer people working, particularly in white collar jobs.

The latest Quarterly National Household Survey for the first three months of the year shows 309,000 people are unemployed -- an increase of more than 13,000 on the same period last year.

Worryingly, over 60pc of them have been out of work for over a year, as long-term unemployment soared by 15pc to 187,400.

The total numbers working in Ireland fell by more than 18,000 to 1.786 million, according to the report from the Central Statistics Office.

Redundancies in the public service have contributed to a steep 21,900 drop in the numbers working there, whereas 13,500 new jobs were created in the private sector.

Hotel and restaurant work was one of the few job sectors enjoying significant jobs growth with an extra 8,700 people working there, an increase of over 8pc in the year.

By contrast, white collar work slumped. There was a 7pc drop in employment in the professional, scientific and technical sector, and a 6pc fall in public administration and defence -- again linked to civil service redundancies.Non-nationals fared better than Irish workers in finding jobs, with an extra 20,000 finding work compared to a 38,900 decline in employment amongst Irish nationals.

Recruitment firm Morgan McKinley also said its monthly employment monitor showed a 5pc drop in professional jobs on offer in Ireland in the last year, combined with a surge in the number of jobseekers.

The decline was down to turmoil in Europe and international financial markets.

Employers group Ibec welcomed private sector job growth amongst disappointing total employment figures.

Irish Independent

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