For the fourth quarter in a row, employers in the pharmaceutical sector have reported the most optimistic hiring plans, according to the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey, which is the most positive yet since Quarter 3 of 2008.
Employers in the pharmaceutical sector report a net employment outlook of +11pc in terms of hiring intentions. This is four percentage points stronger than the previous quarter and represents a considerable 12 percentage point increase year-over-year.
Manufacturing employers report the strongest hiring prospects since Quarter 3 2008, with a net employment outlook of +3pc. Slightly improved job prospects are predicted in the construction and the public and social sectors, where outlooks stand at +2pc.
Finance, insurance, real estate and business services employers report mixed signals for job seekers, with a net employment outlook of 0pc.
Continued strong performance
“The pharmaceutical sector continues to perform strongly, which is likely to drive job creation and is positive news for job seekers in the sector. Furthermore, the survey reveals that employment opportunities could arise in the manufacturing, public and social and construction sectors,” said Krissie Davies, Manpower Ireland managing director.
“We’re also seeing a steady number of finance roles available at the moment. The predicament for employers is that many of the candidates suitable for these roles are already engaged in full-time employment. This may soon create some movement in the sector.”