Professional job vacancies up 38% with spike in IT posts

PROFESSIONAL job opportunities rose by 38% in June compared with last year.

Demand for workers in the IT sector saw a particular increase, according to the Premier Group Irish Employment Monitor.

Month-on-month however, job vacancies fell by 7% from 6,124 in May to 5,669 in June. Despite this there was a 31% increase in newly available professional jobs across Ireland this year compared with the second half of 2009.

Chief executive of Premier Group Ireland Brian Murphy said the growth levels indicated that some confidence has returned to the jobs market and that businesses are taking a more positive approach to hiring. “Although June ’10 saw new professional job opportunities decrease by 7% compared to May ’10, the volume of job vacancies was still at the second highest level since November ’08.

“It is encouraging to consider the significant professional jobs growth, since the lows experienced in Q3 ‘09 we have now seen three consecutive quarters of growth in job numbers: Q4 ’09 grew by 13% over Q3 ’09, Q1 ’10 grew by 18% over Q4 ’09 and Q2 ’10 has grown by 8% over Q1 ’10,” he said.

Premier Group also reported a 55% rise in professionals entering the jobs market between June ’09 to June ’10. The number of professionals looking for new career opportunities also remained strong in June this year with a 12% increase on the previous month. Mr Murphy said that demand in the IT sector for software developers is a trend he expects to continue into Q3.

“Many companies are still quite selective when recruiting so the market remains challenging.

“However the IT market has shown over the last couple of months the pool of talent available is not bottomless and as demand picks up in niche areas companies may speed up their decision-making to ensure success with their hiring requirements,” said Mr Murphy.


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