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Fewer job opportunities in April when compared with last year

Professionals looking for new jobs also increased by 5 per cent in April.

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AFTER TWO CONSECUTIVE negative months in 2013, the number of job opportunities for professionals have increased by 9 per cent in April.

However, in comparison to April 2012, the Morgan McKinley Irish Employment Monitor found that the number of professional job vacancies available actually decreased of 1 per cent.

Professionals looking for new jobs also increased by 5 per cent in April, from 9,980 when compared with the 9,500 searching in March. This represented a slight decrease of four per cent when compared to the same time last year.

Karen O’Flaherty, chief operations officer with Morgan McKinley said demand for people in IT and manufacturing are strongest:

There is significant hiring activity being generated by multinationals and companies that are specifically export led particularly in the FMCG (fast-moving consumer goods), technology, manufacturing and food industries. Professionals with inventory management, quality control, regulatory and new product development experience are in particularly high demand.

The IT and technology market remain strong with an increase in demand for UI (user-intreface), online and digital skills.

She added that ‘hybrid’ professionals, with a mixture of experience, are also being sought in the financial services sector for jobs such as commercial analysts or financial accountants.

The study also found that longer term contracts are being offered by employers, typically 12-18 months compared to 6-9 months in the last couple of years.

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