In what has become the norm of late, professional job growth in Ireland continues to rise, with June sparking a major upward trend, according to the latest Morgan McKinley Ireland Employment Monitor.
The Morgan McKinley Ireland Employment Monitor has recorded a huge increase in the numbers of professional jobs since this time last year, but the vast majority of this hike has come since June of this year.
Compared to this month last year, there has been a 33pc increase in the number of professional jobs available. However, the main thrust of this hike has been in the second half of the year with a 24pc improvement between June and now. Not only does this speak well of the current health of the Irish economy, it bodes well as we move into 2015.
“With the number of professionals available continuing to fall, employers are becoming highly cogniscent of the need not only to attract new talent but also retain the employees they have,” says Karen O’Flaherty, Morgan McKinley Ireland’s COO.
Between October 2014 and November 2014 alone, there was a 5pc hike in the number of professional positions available. The trend of falling professional job seekers continued, with the numbers available in November 2014 (6,755) down 13pc compared to last month (7,795) and 8pc compared to last year (7,320).
“With that in mind, many firms are offering permanent roles where, previously, contract positions would have only been signed off for approval. Alongside this, organisations are more likely to counter offer some employees who are considering a move to a rival organisation, recognising the difficulty in trying to replace the requisite talent," says O'Flaherty.
“Interestingly, smaller tech firms are competing with larger, more well- known companies for the same talent and are exploring innovative recruitment strategies in order to assist them. These new organisations are offering unique services not seen in larger firms with regard to relocation benefits and assistance in dealing with visa requirements."
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