The total number of jobs advertised online has increased by 4pc, driven by certain sectors achieving large gains, the IrishJobs.ie Jobs Index for the first quarter of 2012 reveals.
The 4pc increase follows a six-month decreasing trend in the previous two quarters. The sectors experiencing gains include production, manufacturing, materials (+82pc); science, pharmaceuticals and food (+52pc); banking and finance (+30pc); and engineering and utilities (+22pc). IT continues in a steady upward trend.
The IrishJobs.ie Jobs Index also reported sectors that experienced a decline in Q1 2012 compared with the previous quarter. The sectors that have seen a slump include telecoms (-55pc); transport and motor (-24pc); legal (-14pc); marketing (-14pc); publishing (-12pc); and retailing, wholesaling and purchasing (-11pc).
The IrishJobs.ie Jobs Index measures the number of jobs advertised online across the main recruitment websites in Ireland, serving as an indicator of jobs market trends in Ireland.
“The jobs picture overall is reasonably positive especially when considered in the context of an unemployment rate of above 14pc in Ireland," said Dr Stephen Kinsella, lecturer in economics at the University of Limerick and author of the report.
"The IrishJobs.ie index is a good leading indicator of the state of the Irish labour market, because it gives a sense of what employers are expecting the future to look like.’’
Jobs in Ireland’s cities and counties
Relative to the second quarter of 2010, jobs in Dublin are showing a marked increase over time, but a sharp downturn relative to the last quarter, according to the IrishJobs.ie report.
In comparison to Dublin, jobs in Cork and Galway are surging ahead, while jobs in Limerick have fallen consistently and are consistently lower in absolute numbers than the other cities. Overall, the report reveals a mixed picture for Ireland’s cities, with some experiencing large increases, and others, sustained declines.
The IrishJobs.ie report looks at all corporate jobs advertised on IrishJobs.ie and Jobs.ie between 1 January 2012 and 31 March 2012.