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Irish Job Postings Through 3 December: Uncertainty as New Restrictions Take Effect

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Overall job posting levels remained high up to the most recent tightening of restrictions but food and hospitality postings were already on the decline in late November.

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 53% above the 1 February, 2020, pre-pandemic baseline, seasonally adjusted, as of 3 December, 2021, the day when the most recent set of public health restrictions was announced.

The strengthening of overall demand for new workers showed little sign of easing, despite a rise in COVID-19 cases in November and concerns about the omicron variant. While new job postings (those on Indeed for seven days or less) dipped in late November, the inflow of new jobs remained well above pre-pandemic levels as of 3 December. 

It is not yet clear whether the dip represents a change to the long-term upward trend. We will watch this trend closely in the coming weeks.

A line graph titled “Job postings on Indeed in Ireland” showing the percentage change in all job postings on Indeed Ireland since 1 Feb 2020, seasonally adjusted, to 3 Dec 2021, as well as the change in new job postings (those on Indeed for 7 days or less) over the same period. There was a 53% increase in job postings on Indeed in Ireland from 1 Feb 2020 to 3 Dec 2021.

Food and hospitality postings remain above pre-pandemic levels but they are falling

Media & communications, food preparation & service, and hospitality & tourism saw the biggest declines in the two weeks to 3 December. The decline in postings for pub, restaurant, hotel and travel-related jobs may have been driven by the introduction of a midnight closing time in mid-November. Growing uncertainty about the demand outlook, prompted by rising cases, may also have contributed to the decline in food and hospitality postings, although other high-exposure, customer-facing occupations like retail and arts & entertainment still showed growth during that period.

Table titled “Food and hospitality postings decline.” Indeed compared the percent change in Irish job postings, between 1 February, 2020, and 3 Dec 2021 across various occupations divided into sections “strongest performers,” and “weakest performers.” The strongest performers were retail, arts & entertainment, and pharmacy, while the weakest performers were media & communications, food preparation & service, and hospitality & tourism.

We will continue to provide updates as the situation evolves. We also host the data behind the postings trends plots on Github as downloadable CSV files, which are updated regularly.

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 website in Ireland, is limited to Ireland, is not a projection of future events, and includes both paid and unpaid job solicitations.