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

9 May 201310 Shares

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 is managing editor of Siliconrepublic.com. She joined in 2011 as a journalist covering gadgets, new media and tech jobs news. She comes from a background in publishing and is known for being particularly persnickety when it comes to spelling and grammar – earning her the nickname, Critical Red Pen. When she hasn’t got her nose stuck in her laptop, you’ll find her in the kitchen, at the cinema, or on the dancefloor.

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