Increase in number of jobs advertised online

By Business & Finance
14 October 2013

The number of jobs advertised online in the third quarter this year has increased by 5% according to the IrishJobs.ie Jobs Index for July to September.

 The increase is supported by sectors including retailing and wholesaling, HR, transport, security and production and manufacturing. This is the second consecutive quarter of increasing numbers in job vacancies online and paves the way for an overall increase for 2013 year on year signalling a stronger jobs market.

Orla Moran, general manager, IrishJobs.ie comments: “It is reassuring to see a second consecutive quarterly increase reported in the Jobs Index. This is an important time in the jobs market as it experiences growth. We have just completed a major redevelopment at IrishJobs.ie with a focus on providing all jobseekers with enhanced and personalized job search results, supported by industry specific news and advice. IrishJobs.ie is now fully responsive allowing candidates to use any device, transforming the job hunt.”

Sectors recording increases in jobs advertised online, reported by the Jobs Index for the third quarter include: Retailing, wholesaling and purchasing, up 22%; customer services and languages, up 9%; transport, up 10%; security, up 10%; and production and manufacturing, up 3%.

Dr Stephen Kinsella, University of Limerick and author of the report comments: “The news is good, jobs are up. While the annual picture remains mixed, looking forward with modest 0.5-1 per cent growth in demand over the remainder of 2013, we expect to see an increase in job availability as we head into the holiday season and Q4 2013.”

Regionally the jobs are coming from Cork (+18%), Dublin (+7%) and Limerick (+1%), with Galway (-2%), and Waterford (-5%) experiencing small drops.

The large Cork jobs increase may be explained by new jobs being created by companies, including GSK, PM Group, Jameson Whiskey distillery and Topaz all advertising hiring of more than 30 jobs per company.