Number of professional job openings at record level

The number of job opportunities for professionals reached a record level last month, as multinational and Irish employers stepped up recruitment in Dublin and other regions, according to a survey of top job vacancies.

There were 13,445 job openings available to professionals in April, up sharply from the 9,475 opportunities available a year earlier, with jobs in finance, human resources, IT and the supply chain sector leading the way, the Morgan McKinley Monthly Monitor found.

The improving market for top jobs continues to be led by Dublin, but offers in manufacturing and agri-food industries are driving job creation in the west and mid-west. The buoyant market for these jobs is also reflected in the 1% drop in the number of professionals seeking work in the past year.

The monitor recorded a rise of 18% in the number of IT jobs available, with many of those jobs becoming available in the multinational and banking sectors.

The buoyant manufacturing and export sectors led demand for professionals in procurement and production planning, while accountancy firms continued to drive strong demand across the country for newly qualified graduates. More of those new accountancy graduates are staying in the country too, McKinley said.

“This month’s Employment Monitor indicates that job creation for professionals is continuing to grow, with a record number of positions registered this month, reflecting continued confidence both within the indigenous and multinational sectors,” Karen O’Flaherty, chief operations officer at Morgan McKinley, said.

Morgan McKinley uses its own market share of the jobs market to calculate the country-wide figures.


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