Job opportunities advertised online rose by 5pc in the third quarter of this year, representing a 13pc year-on-year increase overall, according to the IrishJobs.ie Jobs Index for Q3 2012.
The report, which looked at all corporate jobs advertised on IrishJobs.ie and Jobs.ie from July through September this year, found that the IT sector was one of those driving this growth, with vacancies advertised online for this sector up by 5pc.
Other sectors seeing an increase in job opportunities were transport (35pc), marketing (30pc), hotel and catering (20pc), sales (10pc), customer services (8pc), and banking and finance (5pc).
“The picture presented by the IrishJobs.ie Jobs Index remains a mixed one across sectors,” said Dr Stephen Kinsella, lecturer in economics at University of Limerick and author of the report. “While total jobs advertised are up by 5pc, some sectors are experiencing solid year-on-year gains while others struggle.”
Those sectors which are seeing a decline in job vacancies are production, manufacturing and materials; education and childcare; publishing; legal services and tourism.
“The IrishJobs.ie Jobs Index tells us that the number of positions advertised is positive overall in 2012,” said Jane Lorigan, CEO Europe of Saongroup.com, which operates the two job sites.
“The goal should now be achieving increasing stability across all sectors. Ireland also faces the challenge of bridging a skills gap in certain IT and language-based roles, which is vital to ensure the continued presence of many of our multi-national employers and which should lead to increased opportunities in the future,” she added.