Morgan McKinley Ireland COO slightly disappointed with 5% jobs rise
Tue, 8 May 2012
The number of professional job opportunities in Ireland in April (9,246) increased by 5% compared to the same time last year (8,533), according to recruiter Morgan McKinley’s Irish Employment Monitor.
However, it also recorded a month-on-month decline of 4% in new jobs, with chief operations officer Karen O’Flaherty telling Recruiter: “Despite this figure and despite April being a four-week month with two holidays, we would have hoped that to be higher.”
There was also a decline in the number of professionals beginning their job searches in April 2012, decreasing by 15% from 12,200 in March to 10,390 in April.
O’Flaherty adds that there is now a “sense of uncertainty stifling after what was a good Q1… you just cannot underestimate what positive sentiment does”.
She also commented to Recruiter
on the government’s Action Plan for Jobs, announced in March
and reported on by recruiter.co.uk
. “I think it’s all very positive and necessary,” O’Flaherty says, “but I would question how much is a PR exercise.”
She adds that a priority for government should be ensuring that new graduates are work-ready.