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Irish Job Postings Through 5 November: Continued Growth

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Demand for staff continues to advance.

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

Growth of Irish job postings on Indeed continues. Job postings — a real-time measure of labour market activity — were 49.1% above the 1 February, 2020, pre-pandemic baseline, seasonally adjusted, as of 5 November, 2021. The strengthening of labour demand over recent months shows no sign of easing, with Ireland having further eased restrictions on 22 October. 

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 05 Nov 2021. There was a 49.1% change in job postings on Indeed Ireland from 01 Feb 2020 to 05 Nov 2021.

Dental, medical information and chemical engineering see improvements 

Over the last four weeks, the strongest improvements in job posting trends were seen for the dental, medical information and chemical engineering categories. Pharmacy, mathematics and community & social service saw the biggest deterioration. 

Table titled “Dental job postings rise.” Indeed compared the percent change in Irish job postings, between 1 February, 2020, and 5 Nov 2021 across various sectors divided into sections “strongest performers,” and “weakest performers.” The strongest performers were dental, medical information and chemical engineering, while the weakest performers were pharmacy, mathematics and community & social service.

Kildare continues to lead the recovery

Looking at trends in the five largest counties by job posting volume, County Kildare leads the recovery by some margin, with job postings 88% above the baseline. Galway follows at 77%. Limerick has the weakest job posting recovery at 19% 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 1 Feb 2020, seasonally adjusted, to 5 Nov 2021, by the five largest counties by job posting volume. Kildare had the highest increase at 88%, while Limerick was the weakest performer at 19%.

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 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.