The number of professional jobs available in Ireland is continuing to rise, with fintech and IT still driving forces, but the number of people seeking out these opportunities is actually declining.
As a microcosm of Ireland’s acute struggle to fill the major gaps in the labour pool, a 16pc monthly increase in professional job opportunities (amazingly, 33pc up on last year’s numbers) contrasts to a marginal 1pc drop in the number of professionals seeking employment.
A host of banking roles are growing in availability, such as regulatory, financial and statutory reporting, as well as many internal audit skills that are in high demand.
IT jobs in Ireland booming
However, it’s the IT market where the real niches are emerging. People with expertise in key technologies such as Java, .Net and mobile are well positioned as financial institutions continue to modernise.
More professionals with niche skills, including Angualr JS & Bootstrap, are moving towards contract work, due to the security afforded to their position in the employment chain (and the increased financial rewards).
“The professional jobs market in July performed ahead of expectations, despite the seasonal holiday slowdown recorded in previous years,” said Karen O’Flaherty, COO of Morgan McKinley Ireland.
“This is in line with strong job creation in 2015 to date and bodes well for the next two quarters of the year.
“Of note is the steady increase in returning Irish professionals, primarily from Australia, Canada and UAE. The decision to return is made more attractive by the increase in job opportunities outside of Dublin and Cork.”
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