Latest research has found that there has been a 15% month-to-month increase in the number of professional job opportunities nationally during May.
The findings, carried out by Morgan McKinley, found that there is strong demand for recently qualified accountants, tax consultants and candidates with between two and three years of experience looking to specialise in more niche areas.
It was also found that IT is a continuing growth area for the recruitment sector and according to the data, Brexit has resulted in a steady influx of strong candidates in the contract IT sector who are moving from the UK to Ireland in search of more market certainty.
Demand is particularly strong for .Net, Java and Python developers with experienced infrastructure specialists and DevOp engineers in short supply.
Morgan McKinley Ireland, Operations Director, Bryan Hyland, commented, “This month’s figures are indicative of a very active month following a flat period so we expect this type of uplift.
“The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into effect in May 2018 will have an impact on the way in which businesses process and store the personal data of EU citizens. Many businesses, especially SME organisations, are concerned as to how exactly this new regulation will affect their business. Apart from the financial services sector we would be concerned that some businesses are leaving themselves exposed with no great urgency to recruit professionals to ensure compliance in this area and we would encourage them to inform themselves of their obligations under the new law.
“Recruitment in the aircraft leasing and investment management space continues to grow. This is hardly surprising as more than half of the world’s leased aircraft are owned and managed from Ireland. From a recruitment perspective, we believe there will be more opportunities for candidates working in the financial services sector specialising in this area, with companies looking to improve their overall compensation and benefits packages to attract and retain the best candidates in this sector.”