The number of jobs advertised online via IrishJobs.ie has increased by 7pc in the second quarter of 2013 – that’s according to the latest Jobs Index from the company. Tourism, engineering, accountancy and finance, banking, construction and beauty and leisure are just some of the sectors that have experienced a hike in online jobs advertising on the IrishJobs.ie platform.
Irish economist Dr Stephen Kinsella said the news is "remarkably good", despite the current challenging domestic outlook for Ireland.
The report looks at all corporate jobs advertised on IrishJobs.ie and Jobs.ie from 1 April 2013 to 30 June 2013.
The main findings from the report are that the second quarter (Q2) saw an increase of 7pc in the number of jobs advertised online when compared with Q1 2013.
Based on its analysis, IrishJobs.ie claims that jobs advertised in Q2 are up for sectors including tourism (+15pc), engineering (+20pc), accountancy and finance (+18pc), banking (+15pc), construction (+20pc), legal (+44pc), beauty and leisure (+28pc) and transport (+18pc).
Sectors that saw a decrease in jobs advertised in Q2 include marketing (-37pc), publishing (-9pc) and sales (-5pc).
Dr Stephen Kinsella, University of Limerick (UL) economist and author of the report, said this morning that "although the outlook domestically is challenging, with personal consumption down 3pc and investment down 8pc, employers in Ireland are looking to hire."
Tourist numbers up and improvements in Ireland’s manufacturing sector – Kinsella
Tourist numbers to Ireland, which grew substantially between March and May, in addition to improvements in the manufacturing sector, support the upward trend in key sectors in the Jobs Index, Kinsella said.
Orla Moran, general manager, IrishJobs.ie, added that the figures reported in the Jobs Index for the second quarter are "heartening".
She said they reflect the confidence of employers hiring across Ireland in the past three months.
"Sales, IT and finance account for the bulk of job availability, with tourism and manufacturing performing strongly. Customer services and languages is the highlight sector in Cork while in Limerick there are wins for engineering and utilities," said Moran.
The Jobs Index has been supported by the latest business sentiment survey from KBC Bank Ireland and Chartered Accountants Ireland, which also point to a recovery in the jobs market and hiring activity, IrishJobs.ie confirmed.