WORKERS' expectations are improving, with seven out of 10 staff set to ask for a pay rise this year.
A survey has revealed that staff are getting restless about their pay, with just under a third of workers saying they were satisfied with their salary. A total of 41pc said they would ask for a small pay rise this year, while 28pc said they intended to ask their boss for a big raise.
Almost half of workers surveyed were prepared to move jobs for more money. One in three were confident they could find a new job in less than three months, but most believed it would take longer.
And there is further good news for employees, as a new survey reveals the jobs market is bouncing back - with online notices of vacancies up by 7pc last year.
In the final three months of last year, there was a surge of 80pc in banking and financial services jobs, a 26pc rise in security vacancies, a 19pc hike in engineering and technology posts, and construction jobs recording a four per cent boost.
But jobs at call centres, education, childcare, publishing and retail slumped by 19pc to 24pc.
IrishJobs.ie, which carried out the research, said the annual 7pc increase in jobs advertised on its website was driven by an increase in vacancies in the transport and warehousing industries, which was up by 22pc. Accountancy and finance positions are up 20pc, tourism posts rose by 17pc and positions for medical professionals went up by 16pc. Less than half of staff believe the jobs market will be better this year than last - 36pc believe it might, and 14pc believe it will not.
The marketing director of IrishJobs.ie, Safann MacCarthy, said 2015 was shaping up to be a great year for Irish companies and job candidates.
"The more robust economic environment will tip the balance in their favour and companies will have to work harder at finding, attracting and keeping talent," she said.
Economist and author of the report Stephen Kinsella said the number of almost all job vacancies had risen since 2009.
He said the largest job vacancy increases were in production and manufacturing, which soared by 300pc since the recession struck, with ads for construction, architecture and property roles up 205pc.
Meanwhile, last year saw the greatest yearly increase in job creation for skilled professional staff since 2008, according to the Morgan McKinley Employment Monitor. There was a 49pc rise in the number of jobs available compared to 2013.