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Number of Professional Job Vacancies Continue to Increase

Thinking about changing jobs? Now’s certainly a good time. The upwards employment trend continues despite an expected mid-season slump. In their monthly report, Morgan McKinley Ireland noted a positive shift compared to last year; the number of professional job vacancies available in June 2018 increased by 3.11% nationally since May. Not to mention, the availability of professional jobs increased by 12.3% in June 2018 compared to the same month last year. It’s no surprise that Ireland’s unemployment rate has fallen to 5.1%.

Who’s Hiring?

The sectors hiring in the greatest numbers for the month of June included Healthcare, Telecommunications and Medical Devices. While the most sought-after roles are based in:

  • Data Analytics: Data Analyst, Data Scientist,
  • Technology: Net Developer, IT Project Manager, Java Developer
  • Financial Services: Fund Accountant, Financial Accountant, Business Analyst
  • Engineering: Quality Engineer

About Morgan McKinley

The Morgan McKinley Irish Employment Monitor measures the jobs market by tracking new job vacancies and candidates within the Republic of Ireland each month. With offices across Ireland, the UK, EMEA, Asia, and Australia, its professional recruitment services deal with the financial services, technical and IT sectors.


Morgan McKinley Ireland, Global FDI Director, Trayc Keevans commented on the increase. ‘Despite the expected seasonal slowdown, the professional recruitment market remained comparatively strong in June… Data analysts have remained at the forefront of IT recruitment for June. There has been specific interest in specialists with exposure to Big Data frameworks such as Spark and Hadoop. From a skills perspective, hiring managers are looking for data specialists confident in liaising with business stakeholders in order to ensure that data is utilised effectively.’

The report also noted a spike in demand for data protection professionals in response to GDPR. In the area of IT, there has been heightened hiring activity of security specialists in particular. Across Finance, Data Analytics and Cybersecurity, industry developments continue; although multinationals and FDI companies are now focussing more on larger centers outside of Dublin. Cork, Galway, Limerick, and Sligo already acting as regional growth focal points.

As the unemployment rate now stands at the lowest in 15 years, competition to attract global professional talent to Ireland continues.

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