Analysis of the job trends on during April

The president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ireland was quoted this week in The Irish Times that contrary to ‘the barrage of negative stories’ about Ireland over the last two years, many companies are encountering problems finding the correct skills (and individuals) to meet their immediate recruitment needs. This is reflected in the continuing rise in graduate job opportunities on, particularly in the area of technology and IT.

Analysis of the jobs on gradireland in April shows that there were 20 per cent more jobs on the site compared to the same period in 2010, with an average of 178 graduate opportunities online every day. The IT and telecoms sector continues to show strong and sustained demand. 40 per cent of the jobs were in the top three sectors – IT and telecoms; engineering; and accountancy and financial management.

As the class of 2011 finish their exams and prepare to graduate, graduates in these sectors are in great demand amongst employers, both in Ireland and also abroad (20 per cent of jobs are either UK-based or further afield, an increase of 7 per cent since the turn of the year. The financial services and accounting sectors are the areas with the highest number of international opportunities).

However, graduates from all disciplines are in demand and there are jobs across all sectors on the site. Recent additions include opportunities for copy writers, chefs, marketing graduates, researchers and teaching abroad, to name a few, and new graduate programmes are also starting up. There are also plenty of opportunities for work experience on the site: 15.7 per cent of the jobs on are classed as graduate work placements or internships.

So the message is a positive one – there is demand amongst employers for Irish graduates, so don’t allow ‘the barrage of negative stories’ to influence your thinking. There are opportunities out there, so good luck to those of you sitting exams, celebrate when they are over, and then get applying!

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