Online job ads up 4pc in Q2 –

Online job ads up 4pc in Q2 –

The number of jobs advertised online grew by 4pc between the first and second quarters of this year, while they were up by 2pc year-on-year, according to the quarterly Jobs Index. said the annual increase was driven by a number of key sectors increasing year on year, most notably medical and healthcare, up by 19pc; science and pharmaceuticals, up by 27pc; and transport and warehousing, up by 38pc.

On a quarterly basis, the index shows growth in: IT, up by 14pc; tourism, travel and airlines, up by 15pc; legal, up 9pc; accountancy and finance, up 5pc; and transport, up 4pc. said construction is not showing the buoyancy seen in previous reports, with a quarterly drop of 22pc, albeit with an annual increase of 7pc. Related sectors like engineering (-13pc) and environmental health and safety (-23pc) are similarly affected this quarter.

“The Jobs Index brings more positive news on the jobs market,” said marketing director Safann MacCarthy. “A marginal annual increase in jobs advertised online and a fifth consecutive quarter of growth point to a gradual improvement, reflecting overall economic recovery.

“There is a concentration of jobs in production, science, hotel and catering, it and financial services sectors across the country. With employers confident about hiring expectations, there is a continued need to support the recruitment plans particularly for SMEs in Ireland.”

The Jobs Index records a quarterly rise in job advertisements across all larger markets in the second quarter compared with Q1: Dublin (+16pc), Galway (+22pc), Limerick (+14pc), Cork (+14pc), and Waterford (+11pc). Year on year, however, only Dublin shows an increase (+2pc), while all other regions are down, including Galway (-1pc), Limerick (-55pc), Cork (-21pc), and Waterford (-42pc). said the data confirms other report findings that the economic recovery is taking place largely in Dublin and to the exclusion of the rest of the country.

It was also announced that Reagecon announced 40 new jobs and plans for €50m in annual exports as reported by InterSearch Ireland.