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Irish Job Postings Through 21 May: Almost Back to Pre-Crisis Levels

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Job postings recovery continues.

We regularly update this report to track the pandemic’s effects on the labour market. 

Job postings on Indeed Ireland have almost recovered to pre-crisis levels. Job postings — a real-time measure of labour market activity — were 0.6% below the 1 February, 2020, pre-pandemic baseline, seasonally adjusted, as of 21 May, 2021. That continues the steady recovery over recent months as the economy gradually reopens.  

Reopening sectors see growth 

Job posting growth over the past four weeks has been strong in sectors reopening or due to reopen over the coming weeks, including beauty & wellness, hospitality & tourism, food preparation & service and sports. 

Dublin continues to lag

Looking at trends in the five largest counties by job posting volume, Dublin remains a notable underperformer (postings 15% below their pre-pandemic level). County Kildare has seen the strongest recovery, with job postings 13% above the baseline.  

Variations between counties reflect the sectoral composition of jobs. Dublin’s weaker recovery is in line with trends seen across European capital cities, which have generally lagged their national economies. 

We will continue to provide regular updates on these trends as the situation evolves. We also host the data behind the postings trends plots on Github as downloadable CSV files. Typically, the site will be updated with the latest data one day after the respective Hiring Lab tracker is published.

Methodology

All figures in this blogpost are the percentage change in seasonally-adjusted job postings since 1 February, 2020, using a seven-day trailing average. 1 February, 2020, is our pre-pandemic baseline. We seasonally adjust each series based on historical patterns in 2017, 2018, and 2019. Each series, including the national trend, occupational sectors, and sub-national geographies, is seasonally adjusted separately. We adopted this new methodology in January 2021. 

Information is based on publicly available information on the Indeed Ireland website (and any other countries named in the post), is limited to Ireland (and those countries), is not a projection of future events, and includes both paid and unpaid job solicitations.