Digital skills still in demand as Irish jobs market increases 9pc

9 May 2013

The latest figures from the Morgan McKinley Irish Employment Monitor show an increase in job vacancies for the month of April, with the tech sector remaining a key recruiter.

The number of professional job opportunities on the market reached close to 9,000 in April 2013, according to the Morgan McKinley report, up 9pc from March and dropping a marginal 1pc year-on-year.

The number of professionals seeking employment also rose 5pc from the previous month, but declined 4pc year-on-year.

“The IT and technology markets remain strong, with an increase in demand for UI, online and digital skills,” said Karen O’Flaherty, chief operations officer at Morgan McKinley. “This trend is reflective across a number of businesses and sectors, where new product and service offerings are displayed and sold online, demonstrating changing buying behaviours.”

Another indication of growing confidence in the jobs market is longer term contracts being offered by employers. “As visibility and confidence returns, many of the jobs being registered are for longer periods of time, typically 12 to 18 months compared to six to nine months in the last couple of years,” said O’Flaherty.

Elaine Burke
By Elaine Burke

Elaine Burke was editor of Silicon Republic until 2023, and is now the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. Elaine joined Silicon Republic in 2011 as a journalist covering gadgets, new media and tech jobs. She later served as managing editor before stepping up as editor in 2019. She comes from a background in publishing and is known for being particularly pernickety when it comes to spelling and grammar – earning her the nickname, Critical Red Pen.

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