Irish firms’ hiring intentions rise to nine-year high

Irish employers have indicated their strongest staff-hiring intentions in nearly 10 years, a jobs survey shows.

Irish firms’ hiring intentions rise to nine-year high

The latest employment outlook survey from recruitment specialist ManpowerGroup Ireland found a net employment outlook of 9% for the third quarter of this year — a four percentage point improvement over the last quarter and three percentage points ahead of the same time period last year.

The latest quarterly outlook is the strongest to be reported here since the second quarter of 2007.

In all, Manpower surveyed companies across the country in 11 sectors and all said they expect to hire more people in the coming quarter.

“The results... strongly demonstrate that employer confidence in the Irish marketplace is growing at an accelerated pace,” said Cara O’Leary, sales director at ManpowerGroup Ireland.

“This is only the second time since 2008 that we are seeing a positive net employment outlook across all 11 sectors surveyed, meaning that employers in all sectors expect to grow staff numbers over the coming months. This is really great news for both the Irish economy and jobseekers.”

Regionally, employers in Dublin are reporting the strongest hiring intentions, with an outlook of 15% employment growth. However, rises are evident in most other places with employers in Ulster the only ones recording negative hiring intentions (an outlook of -1%) for the third quarter.

The latest Manpower survey shows that the greatest hiring activity is set for the utilities market with electricity, gas and water suppliers having a combined employment outlook of +20%.

This is followed by those in the restaurant and hotels sector, registering a positive hiring increase outlook of 13%.

The transport, storage and communications sector is showing the strongest hiring growth outlook on a year-on-year basis, with the strong results being boosted by job announcements from big firms such as Ryanair, which plans to fill 1,000 positions for pilots, cabin crew and engineers before the end of the year.

“The news is good at a regional level,” Ms O’Leary said.

“Leinster, Munster, and Connacht are also performing well with strong single-digit growth, which will be of interest to those seeking positions outside of the capital.”

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