Irish Job Postings Through 13 August: Postings Edge Higher
Growth continues, albeit at a slower pace.
We regularly update this report to track the pandemic’s effects on the labour market.
Job postings on Indeed Ireland continue to rise. Job postings — a real-time measure of labour market activity — were 21.6% above the 1 February, 2020, pre-pandemic baseline, seasonally adjusted, as of 13 August, 2021. The headline indicator rose 4.1 percentage points since the last update to 16 July. That represents a cooling in the pace of growth following an 11 percentage point gain in the previous four-week period.
Cleaning, medical information and food service on the rise
Over the last four weeks, the strongest improvements in job posting trends were seen for the cleaning & sanitation and medical information categories.
Food preparation & service was also on the upswing amid the reopening of indoor hospitality. Retail, agriculture & forestry, driving and loading & stocking all saw gains.
Sports, therapy and physicians & surgeons saw the biggest deteriorations.
Kildare and Galway have strongest recoveries
Looking at trends in the five largest counties by job posting volume, County Kildare leads the recovery, with job postings 41% above the baseline. Galway is close behind in second at 39%.
Limerick and Dublin are laggards, with job postings only 1% and 8% above the baseline respectively.
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.
All figures in this blog post 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.
Jack is an Economist on the Indeed Hiring Lab who focuses on the UK/Ireland labour market. Before joining Indeed, Jack was a senior economist at Nationwide Building Society and prior to that at global information provider IHS Markit. He holds an MSc in finance and economic policy from SOAS, University of London and a BSc in economics and finance from the University of York.