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Irish Job Postings Through 18 June: Continued Growth

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Job postings now 6% above the pre-pandemic baseline.

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

The job postings recovery on Indeed Ireland continued over the latest month. Job postings — a real-time measure of labour market activity — were 6.4% above the 1 February, 2020, pre-pandemic baseline, seasonally adjusted, as of 18 June, 2021.  

A line graph titled “Job postings on Indeed Ireland” showing the percentage change in job postings on Indeed Ireland since 01 Feb 2020, seasonally adjusted, to 18 Jun 2021. There was a 6.4% change in job postings on Indeed Ireland from 01 Feb 2020 to 18 Jun 2021.

Growth in cleaning, sports and food jobs 

The categories seeing the strongest growth of job postings over the latest month were cleaning & sanitation, sports and food preparation & service. Pubs and restaurants have been ramping up hiring recently with indoor hospitality due to open on 5 July, though this is now in doubt due to concerns over the spread of the delta variant. 

Table titled “Cleaning, sports and food see growth.” Indeed compared the percent change in Irish job postings, between 01 February, 2020, and 18 Jun 2021 across various sectors divided into sections “strongest performers,” and “weakest performers.” The strongest performers were the cleaning & sanitation, sports and food preparation & service sectors, while the weakest performers were social science, agriculture & forestry and beauty & wellness.

Kildare leads the upturn

Looking at trends in the five largest counties by job posting volume, County Kildare continues to lead the recovery, with job postings 26% above the baseline.  

Limerick saw a deterioration in the latest month and is now 9% below the baseline, while Dublin’s recovery remains sluggish (-7%). 

A line graph titled “Kildare leads job posting recovery” showing a breakdown of the percentage change in job postings on Indeed Ireland since 01 Feb 2020, seasonally adjusted, to 18 Jun 2021, by the five largest counties by job posting volume. Kildare had the highest increase at 26%, while Limerick was the weakest performer at -9%.

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.