Professional job opportunities increase by 33% in January compared to December 2016

Trayc Keevans 14.02.2017

6% increase in professionals seeking jobs on the previous year:



  • The monitor recorded a 33% month-on-month increase in professional job vacancies in January 2017. 
  • There was a 56% month-on-month increase in the number of professionals active in the job market between January 2017 and December 2016.
  • One in two professional positions available in the first month of the year represented regional opportunities which is a new trend when compared to the same period in 2016 when the trend was towards more urban centred positions.  
  • In light of Brexit the largest number of inquiries are currently coming from UK based Asian Financial Services institutions who are contingency planning 
  • In engineering for the first time since the downturn environmental health specialists are in strong demand again. However the highest demand is for R&D engineers due to further investment in innovation hubs around the country.  
  • In Financial Services Ireland is competing with other financial jurisdictions including Frankfurt, Luxembourg and Paris to attract more banking operations to Ireland. The interest among returning diaspora with this skillset is growing.  
  • More niche skillsets are being sought after for regional fund operations in private equity and real estate and the market has been able to meet these demands largely due to talent willing to relocate outside of Dublin.


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About the Morgan McKinley Irish Employment Monitor

The Morgan McKinley Irish Employment Monitor (previously known as the Premier Group Irish Employment Monitor) measures the pulse of the Irish professional jobs market by tracking the number of new job vacancies and new candidates within the Republic of Ireland each month. See for details.

  • Statistical methodology:

Monthly new jobs and new candidate figures are based on Morgan McKinley’s own monthly records of new permanent job vacancies and new candidates registering with the firm for permanent employment. Statistics for the full market are derived using Morgan McKinley’s own market share.

  • Job classification:

Job vacancies are professional level roles within the following sectors and functions: banking & financial services, commerce & industry finance, insurance, public practice & tax, legal, HR, IT, life sciences, engineering, process & manufacturing, professional services, sales & marketing, customer service, secretarial & office support.

  • Geography:

The data is based on new job vacancies and new candidates registered with Morgan McKinley’s network of Irish offices in Cork, Dublin, Kilkenny, Limerick and Waterford.

About Morgan McKinley in Ireland

Irish owned Morgan McKinley is a global professional recruitment consultancy connecting specialist talent with leading employers across multiple industries and disciplines.

With offices across Ireland, the UK, EMEA, Asia and Australia, its professional recruitment expertise spans the accounting & finance, financial services, technical and IT sectors. Morgan McKinley is a preferred supplier to most of the major employers in its specialist sectors and thousands of smaller local firms.

In 2016, Morgan McKinley was recognised as one of the top five Best Workplaces in Ireland, in the Great Place to Work Awards. The company also received an award for the best Learning & Development Organisation at the Irish Institute of Training and Development Awards and ranked sixth globally on LinkedIn’s list of the Most Socially Engaged Staffing Agencies.

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