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Looking for a job? Munster is the place to be

Employers in the southernmost province are gearing up for a hiring splurge over the next three months

Rugby Union - Heineken Cup - Pool 6 - Edinburgh v Munster - Murrayfield Source: PA/Jeff Holmes

IRELAND’S RESURGENT ECONOMY continues to thrive, with employers forecasting a 6% increase in hiring forecasts for April through June this year, 4% greater than the same outlook last year.

As far as the regions go, Munster is the place to be if you’re looking for a job.

Manpower Munster graphic Munster employment outlook Apr - Jun 2015 Source: Manpower Group

Employers there have recorded easily the most optimistic hiring intentions for the next quarter with a positive outlook of 17%, 10% greater than the first quarter of the year, and 13% greater than for the same time period in 2014.

This represents Munster’s best showing in the survey since the heady days of pre-recession 2007.

Elsewhere in the country employment prospects remain fairly constant with the first three months of the year with the exception of the Ulster counties where the hiring outlook among employers is 14% less than that reported in January.

Meanwhile, Dublin’s hiring forecast sees an increase of 4%, up 7% year on year.

As far as sectors go staffing levels are expected to increase in 8 of the 11 sectors surveyed.

By sector Manpower Irish employment prospects by sector Source: Manpower Group

Transport and Communications will see the strongest job growth, with an outlook of 23% greater than the first quarter of the year, and some 26% greater than this time last year.

This is reflected in recent job announcements from comapnies such as Core Media who are embarking on their first formal graduate recruitment programme which will benefit college students graduating in June this year.

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Utilities companies such as Irish Water are also expected to accelerate their hiring with employers in the sector registering 13% greater hiring prospects than last quarter.

In more downbeat news, pharmaceutical companies are leveling off in their hiring with their forecast dropping 29% since January.

Restaurants and hotels employment has likewise slowed to a trickle with a hiring outlook of -1%.

The figures are taken from the Manpower Group’s global employment survey which is run once every three months.

In Ireland the survey is based off a selection from a set pool of 620 employers nationwide.

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