IT still driving jobs growth in Ireland (infographic)

11 Nov 201586 Shares

IT roles once again played a primary role in the 6pc growth of professional job opportunities coming on stream in October, with finance and multilingual positions also playing their part.

The 6pc rise was exaggerated by a 10pc drop in professionals seeking job opportunities in comparison to this time last year, according to Morgan McKinley’s latest Irish Employment Monitor index.

Within the IT sector, a 5pc increase in software development and QA roles was recorded, while there was continued high demand for big data and business intelligence experts.

Jobs growth is steady overall but talent shortages within the tech sector remain and digital skills transfer programmes must be ramped up to meet current economic needs, according to Morgan McKinley.

Graduate programmes across professional services, engineering, accounting and financial services are a strong feature of the jobs markets again as companies compete for talent.

“Talent shortages in core areas of economic activity remain,” said Morgan McKinley’s Ireland COO, Karen O’Flaherty.

“The higher rates of employment generally have undoubtedly resulted in less people looking for jobs. In the first six months of 2015 alone, IDA Ireland announced that 9,000 jobs had been created.

“The fact is that many of the jobs created this year are new roles that do not require legacy skill sets. Advancing technology is underpinning this trend, regardless of sector, and is at the core of new emerging job disciplines.

“Digital marketing is an example of a specific sector seeking expertise in niche and leading-edge skills driven by data and mobile, creating unprecedented demand compared to five or 10 years ago.”

Irish employment monitor | IT jobs in Ireland

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Gordon Hunt
By Gordon Hunt

Gordon joined Silicon Republic in October 2014 as a journalist, moving on to a new position as senior communications and content executive at NDRC in August 2017. Unafraid of heights or spiders, Gordon spends most of his time avoiding conversations about music, appreciating even the least creative pun and rueing the day he panicked when meeting Paul McGrath. His favourite thing on the internet remains the ‘Random Article’ link on Wikipedia.

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