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Record number of professional posts

A record number of professional job opportunities came to the market last month, it has been claimed.

Some 13,445 professional vacancies arose in April, according to the latest employment monitor from jobs agency Morgan McKinley. However, there was a 1pc drop in the number of professionals seeking jobs last month compared with the same period in 2014.

Karen O'Flaherty (inset), Morgan McKinley chief operations officer, said the monitor indicates that job creation for professionals is continuing to grow.

"Positively, this uplift continues to spread beyond Dublin, with the manufacturing and agri food industries driving job creation in the West and Midwest regions," Ms O'Flaherty said.

"Overall Finance, HR, IT and supply chain are the most active sectors."

Key results from the monitor include:

l An 18pc rise nationally in the number of IT jobs available in April compared with the previous month, with a significant increase in permanent roles.

l Some 70pc of IT roles were within the multinational and banking sector.

l HR candidates returning from overseas.

l Strong demand nationally for newly-qualified accountancy graduates, reversing the trend of recent years.

l The gender balance among candidates applying for careers in the HR profession is also evolving.

l Up until 2013, a ratio of 70:30 was estimated of women to men in the industry. This dynamic is now changing and is being driven by higher pay, Morgan McKinley said.