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Morgan McKinley March Employment Monitor finds 33% increase in jobs

While overall Q1 2015 saw an increase of 27% in professional job opportunities compared to Q1 2014.

Morgan McKinley Ireland Operations Director, Bryan Hyland, commented:

“The March edition of the Morgan McKinley Employment Monitor confirms that job creation for professionals has continued to grow steadily in 2015. 

The sectors that have seen the greatest uplift nationally are Financial Services, HR, Multilingual and Engineering. In addition IT has remained consistently buoyant across both contract and permanent roles.

In Financial Services risk advisory, treasury and business development within the retail banking sector are the most commonly sought after roles currently, reflecting the continued improvement in the financial services and banking market. We predict the challenge in the short and medium term is attracting relevant talent, our focus is now on attracting international based professionals either home or from other financial service hubs to Ireland.

The demand for HR professionals nationally has increased steadily particularly for professionals with an employee engagement and retention skill set. This reflects the importance companies are placing on career planning, training and general staff retention programmes in order to minimise attrition levels.

In 2015 to date, traditional languages such as French, Spanish and German remain in high demand along with Nordic, Finnish and Russian. These multilingual roles are primarily across the IT, FMCG and financial services sectors and include positions in customer service, technical support, telesales and marketing.

Ireland’s reputation internationally in life sciences and the pharma sector has remained consistently strong and new expansionary projects within this sector are providing an active and buoyant market for engineering professionals in the first three months of the year.

Generally quarter one has been very positive in terms of hiring activity and is in line with recent CSO figures indicating consecutive growth over the last several quarters. The challenge ahead relates to those sectors and industries where demand is outstripping supply in the Irish market.”

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