There was a 5% increase in the number of professional job opportunities in Ireland in June compared with the previous month.
This represents only an anaemic 1% uplift compared with June 2011, according to a report released by Morgan McKinley.
Even though the bulk of jobs are in the multinational sector, domestic firms are also creating more opportunities for professional staff.
There are 7,890 professional vacancies, mostly in the areas of IT and graduates with multilingual backgrounds. However, there was a 20% drop in the number of professionals looking for employment in June compared with month earlier levels.
At the end of June there were 10,150 professionals looking for jobs, a 3% increase on June 2011.
Morgan McKinley’s chief operating officer, Karen O’Flaherty, said: "The hiring market showed no significant fluctuation in the volume of new Irish professional job opportunities from May 12 to June 12. We are beginning to see the effects of the traditional seasonal downturn experienced over the summer months which have slowed the volume of new jobs and new professionals emerging onto the market this month."
She said the clarity gained in the recent enactment of the Agency Workers Directive coupled with the flexible, cost-effective aspects of contract hiring, is contributing to more jobs of this type being released, many contracts being extended further, and ultimately less of a focus on permanent hiring.
She said: "July and August are traditionally quieter months for recruitment and we would expect the hiring process to continue at a slower pace throughout this period."
This appeared in the printed version of the Irish Examiner Tuesday, July 10, 2012