November saw another increase in jobs coming on stream in Ireland, with the year as a whole showing remarkable spikes in career opportunities for IT professionals in particular.
An eye-popping “three to four” job opportunities are available for “skilled IT professionals“ at the moment, according to Morgan McKinley’s monthly job tracker.
This means that counter offers are now a major feature of the IT market, something we discussed with Hays earlier this year, as companies try to hang on to their top talent.
July saw a peak in professional job seekers, May saw a peak in professional opportunities and, nationally, November’s jobs increase of 9pc on last year is merely part of what is now a monthly theme.
IT jobs in Ireland
Also in November, “job flow” within IT was up 8pc, but the availability of candidates was down 18pc on the previous month, “influenced by seasonal factors”.
“Overall, 2015 has been an exceptional year for jobs growth, with a steady flow of professional opportunities across the country and across the year to date,” said Bryan Hyland, operations director at Morgan McKinley Ireland.
“The pace and level of growth is, however, creating challenges, as companies feel the pressure to fill roles, often in a short time frame.”
This timing issue has resulted in a surge in remote hiring, with Hyland noting a “clear priority” among HR departments to develop specific attraction strategies and talent pools.
This, it seems, is particularly targeted by multinationals, “who are often hiring large teams, with specialist skills in tight timeframes,” said Hyland. “The digital skills gap remains an issue.”
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