Irish professional jobs rose 5% in April 12 compared to April 11

Sharon O'Donnell - 01/05/2012
La Creme Irish Employment Monitor


  • The Morgan McKinley Irish Employment Monitor recorded a decrease (4%) in the number of new professional jobs in April 12 compared to March 12
  • However, the number of new professional job vacancies was up 5% year-on-year from April 11
  • April 12 saw a 15% decrease since March in the number of professionals seeking jobs in the Irish employment market
  • Compared to the same time last year there was a significant increase of (63%) in the number of new professional job seekers in April 12.


The number of new professional job opportunities decreased slightly from March 12 to April 12, according to the latest Morgan McKinley Irish Employment Monitor. There was a 4% decrease from 9,246 in March 12 to 8,919 in April 12. This was however, a marginal increase (5%) from the April 11 figure of 8,533.

There was also a decline in the number of professionals beginning their job searches in April 12, decreasing 15% from 12,200 to 10,390 month-on-month. Compared to April 11, there was a 63% increase when 6,375 professionals entered the jobs market.

Karen O’Flaherty, Chief Operations Officer, Morgan McKinley commented:

“Professional job opportunities saw a small month-on-month decline in April 12. This reduction is likely to be a reaction to the ongoing economic domestic uncertainty coupled with the recent European updates of double dip recession. Seasonally it is also typical to expect protracted decision making around the Easter and holiday period.

Amidst the gloomy economic setting, we are seeing scattered pockets of hiring within the pharmaceutical, manufacturing and IT sectors namely Amgen, Mylan and Cisco. Positively, professionals are becoming more mobile and flexible in looking for alternative employment and employers are more conscious of the need to offer attractive and enticing remuneration packages to secure this talent.

April 12 saw a 15% decrease in professionals emerging in to the Irish jobs market. This can be largely attributed to the reduced momentum over the Easter period. The surge of 63% compared to April 11 is a positive sign that passive job seekers are now beginning to explore the jobs market.

The recent amendments to the draft AWD (Agency Workers Directive) bill, is welcome news for contract and temporary workers in Ireland. We hope that this legislation when enacted, will alleviate the uncertainty and concerns around potential hiring by employers and will not stunt job growth in Ireland in the coming months.”

Professional job volumes in Ireland from April 2011 to April 2012

Professional job seeker volumes in Ireland from April 2011 to April 2012

About the Morgan McKinley Irish Employment Monitor

The Morgan McKinley Irish Employment Monitor measures the pulse of the Irish professional jobs market by tracking the number of new job vacancies and new candidates within the Republic of Ireland each month. The first Premier Group Irish Employment Monitor was launched in May 2009 with data from April 2008 onwards.

Statistical methodology

Monthly new jobs and new candidates

Monthly new jobs and new candidate figures are based on Morgan McKinley’s own monthly records of new permanent job vacancies and new candidates registering with the firm for permanent employment. Statistics for the full market are derived using Morgan McKinley’s own market share.

Job classification

Job vacancies are professional level roles within the following sectors and functions: banking & financial services, commerce & industry finance, insurance, public practice & tax, legal, HR, IT, life sciences, engineering, process & manufacturing, professional services, sales & marketing, customer service, secretarial & office support.


The data is based on new job vacancies and new candidates registered with Morgan McKinley’s network of Irish offices in Cork, Dublin, Kilkenny, Limerick and Waterford.

About Morgan McKinley in Ireland

Morgan McKinley is an Irish-owned global professional recruitment consultancy connecting specialist talent with leading employers across multiple industries and disciplines.

With offices across Ireland, the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific, its professional recruitment expertise spans the accounting & finance, financial services, technical and IT sectors. Morgan McKinley is a preferred supplier to many of the major employers in its specialist sectors and thousands of smaller local firms.

In 2011, Morgan McKinley ranked 7th in the Irish Independent’s listing of Best SME Workplaces in Ireland and was also named in the 50 Best Small and Medium Workplaces in Europe by the Great Places to Work Institute. We were also proud to be ranked in Deloitte’s Top 20 Best Managed Companies in Ireland for 2011.

Morgan McKinley London Employment Monitor

Morgan McKinley currently publishes a similar Employment Monitor in London. It was launched in 2004 and reports on the new roles, candidates and salaries within the financial services jobs market in London each month.

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