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Irish Job Postings Through 8 October: Upswing Continues

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Further growth in demand for staff ahead of the next phase of reopening.

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

Job postings on Indeed in Ireland continue to advance. Job postings — a real-time measure of labour market activity — were 38.5% above the 1 February, 2020, pre-pandemic baseline, seasonally adjusted, as of 8 October, 2021. The hiring upswing shows no sign of slowing, as Ireland approaches the next phase of easing restrictions towards the end of this month. 

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 8 Oct 2021. There was a 38.5% change in job postings on Indeed Ireland from 01 Feb 2020 to 8 Oct 2021.

Pharmacy, cleaning and sports see growth 

Over the last four weeks, the strongest improvements in job posting trends were seen for the pharmacy, cleaning & sanitation and sports categories. The biggest deteriorations were in chemical engineering, veterinary and medical information. 

Table titled “Pharmacy sees biggest improvement.” Indeed compared the percent change in Irish job postings, between 01 February, 2020, and 8 Oct 2021 across various sectors divided into sections “strongest performers,” and “weakest performers.” The strongest performers were the pharmacy, cleaning & sanitation and sports sectors, while the weakest performers were chemical engineering, veterinary and medical information.

Kildare continues to lead the recovery

Looking at trends in the five largest counties by job posting volume, County Kildare is leading the recovery by some margin, with job postings 74% above the baseline. Galway is second at 44%. Limerick has the weakest job posting recovery at 13% above the baseline. 

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 8 Oct 2021, by the five largest counties by job posting volume. Kildare had the highest increase at 74%, while Limerick was the weakest performer at 13%.

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.