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Job vacancies dip slightly in Ireland

There was a -4% decrease in the number of new professional job vacancies registered in Ireland in September 2013, compared with the same month last year, according to the Morgan McKinley Employment Monitor.

The number of new professional job seekers entering the market in September fell by -5% compared with the same month in 2012, dropping to 9,670 from 10,225 last year.

During Q3 2013,there was minimal change in the number of vacancies, dropping to 24,393 from 24,631 compared with Q3 2012. For the year to the end of September there has been a 3% increase in the number of vacancies, compared with the same nine month period in 2012.

Karen O’Flaherty, Chief Operating Officer for Morgan McKinley, commented: “The month-on-month decrease of -4% in the professional jobs market in Ireland overall reflects a flat month compared with August. The latter half of the month showed a significant upswing in jobs available and we would expect to see this trend continue into October.  We are still seeing growth in key industries like FMCG, pharmaceutical and ICT. There is continued movement in established markets, specifically in the professional services area where accounting, legal and HR roles are increasing available.”

“The digital space in Ireland is particularly buoyant right now, with many companies seeking marketing professionals with 5 to 7 years experience in analytics, social media and mobile marketing. Hiring managers in this space are looking for high achievers with specific skill sets and are unlikely to hire career changers. Our September jobs figures have seen marketing roles outweigh sales roles in terms of new opportunities coming onto the market. Furthermore,we are seeing a shift towards these types of positions being permanent contracts rather than fixed term or temporary.

She continued: “Specifically within the professional services market, there is a demand for solicitors with commercial property experience, legal secretaries and office support staff due to the slight but steady uplift in transactions in the Irish property market however this is mainly restricted to the greater Dublin area.”

“In terms of professional job seekers, we registered a 17% increase in the number of professionals in the market when compared to last month. It is usual to record increased activity in terms of job seekers after the summer months and, interestingly, we are seeing a trend of Irish nationals returning from abroad. Driving this return of experienced professionals are job seekers who moved away at the beginning of the recession and now have young families, making the desire to return home acuter. They are also seeing tangible signs of improvement in the Irish market. We welcome this development as a positive one for Ireland’s economy and future in general,” Ms O’Flaherty concluded. 


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