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Good news on jobs front

TWO recruitment firm surveys have indicated that employment opportunities will continue to increase throughout 2010.

Research carried out by the Premier Group has stated that the number of employment opportunities for professionals in the Irish jobs market rose by more than 33pc compared with the same time last year.

The company's Irish Employment Monitor takes the number of candidates as well as the number of vacancies registering with its network of offices on a month-by-month basis and the June 2010 data shows the group had 5,669 vacancies last month, compared with 4,117 positions in June 2009, an increase of 38pc.

Although the number of vacancies has increased dramatically this is somewhat cancelled out by the fact that there are more job candidates in the market. There were 12,480 registered in June 2010 compared with 8,070 in June last year, an increase of 55pc, with an additional 1,945 jobseekers registering in the period between May and June alone.

Brian Murphy, the Premier Group's Irish CEO, pointed out that the volume of professional jobs grew by 31pc in the first six months of 2010 compared with the second half of last year and he expected this trend would continue into the third quarter of this year.

"The IT sector has shown particularly strong growth for the second consecutive month," Mr Murphy said.