Saturday 24 March 2018

Optimism for Jobseekers

The volume of jobs advertised online has risen by 17pc compared to the same period in 2014, an increase of 7pc on the first quarter of 2015.

Against a backdrop of increased sentiment amongst jobseekers, the newly released Jobs index report records the top industries driving annual growth. The Financial Services and Insurance sector alongside the Telecoms industry are at the forefront achieving growth of 49pc and 41pc respectively. Science, Pharmaceuticals and Food garnered a 28pc rise. Construction, Architecture and property rose 18pc whilst Retail gained a significant 15pc and Tourism 14pc, compared with the same period last year.

Widespread growth

During the second quarter this year, April - June 2015, employers were hiring across numerous sectors. The Job Index reports increases across the following categories: Medical Professionals and Healthcare, Legal, Manufacturing, Hotel and Catering, Science, Pharmaceuticals and Food, Transport, and IT.

Jobseekers sentiment continues to grow

With steady optimism growing, job market confidence has increased 6pc compared with this time last year.  Confidence is high amongst those in education or training with 93pc of those surveyed stating that they would upskill or retrain for a new position. Of those in employment two thirds believe that the job market is getting better with almost two in ten already having received a salary increase in the last year and three in ten expecting an increase.

“We are seeing increasing confidence among jobseekers in a stronger jobs market painting a positive picture overall. Among those surveyed, either in a job, seeking a job or in education, there is a cautious optimism and a strong degree of mobility evident.” Safann MacCarthy, Marketing Director,

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