Follows on from 7% decrease in Louth last year
The number of job opportunities in Louth will grow by 8% in the coming year, according to a new forecast from FRS Recruitment, one of the country’s leading recruitment agencies.
This follows on from the 7% decrease experienced in Louth in 2022. Across the Republic, other significant decreases came in Kerry (down 10%), Leitrim (down 9%) and Longford (down 6%).
"We are confident that we will see growth in recruitment opportunities in Louth for the year ahead. We experienced a slight drop in opportunities in Louth last year and our belief is that things will become more positive over the coming 12 months,” said Lynne McCormack, General Manager with FRS Recruitment.
“Both in Louth and across the country we believe there will be opportunities. We are particularly confident in the outlook for the IT, healthcare and construction sectors nationally. There has been such a build-up in openings across these sectors over recent years that they have become relatively inelastic and that will continue throughout 2023. Not all parts of the economy will rise in 2023, but we are very optimistic about the prospects in those particular sectors.
18 of the 26 counties in the Republic experienced an increase in opportunities in 2022. The counties to perform the strongest last year included Dublin (up 36%), Wicklow (up 34%), Clare (up 31%), Sligo (up 15%), Cork (up 15%) and Roscommon, which recorded the highest year on year increase with the number of roles more than doubling (up 101%).
Nationally the number of job postings handled by FRS Recruitment rose by 32% in 2022, reaching a total of 107,802 – up from 81,528 in 2021. Year on year the monthly increase was across 11 of the 12 months and illustrated the return of the market to post pandemic normality, with the level of jobs aligning with 2019, the last pre Covid year of activity.
Despite the surge in opportunities available, the number of people applying for jobs was down last year. FRS Recruitment recorded a total of 123,305 job responses in 2022 as it became a “candidates’ market” in some sectors. This meant the average response rate per role was at 1.14, down from 1.66 in 2021.