Lim­er­ick leads way as jobs growth spreads out of Dublin

Irish Independent - - Business - Gavin McLough­lin

JOB open­ings are ris­ing at a faster rate in Lim­er­ick than in other cities, ac­cord­ing to data from jobs web­site Ir­ishJobs.ie.

The num­ber of jobs ad­ver­tised in the city was up 43pc year-on-year in the third quar­ter, the com­pany said. In Dublin the cor­re­spond­ing fig­ure was 9pc, with rises of 16pc in Gal­way and 1pc in Cork.

Over­all there was a 3pc in­crease in jobs ad­ver­tised.

“Broadly speak­ing, Ire­land is in a strong po­si­tion. While we are not see­ing as steep an in­crease in job cre­ation as wit­nessed in re­cent years, we re­main on course for another year of steady growth, with a sus­tained, al­beit mod­est, in­crease in the num­ber of jobs va­can­cies,” said Ir­ish Jobs gen­eral man­ager Orla Moran.

“Un­sur­pris­ingly, Dublin still en­joys the lion’s share of job cre­ation and in­vest­ment, but ur­ban cen­tres like Cork, Gal­way, and in par­tic­u­lar Lim­er­ick, are prov­ing in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar as al­ter­na­tive lo­ca­tions for busi­ness growth,” she added.

Ho­tels and cater­ing, bank­ing, fi­nance and in­sur­ance, sales, IT, and man­u­fac­tur­ing were among the top-per­form­ing sec­tors.

Some 14pc of all va­can­cies were in the ho­tel and cater­ing sec­tor. Bank­ing, fi­nance and in­sur­ance ac­counted for 10pc and has been grow­ing steadily, Ir­ish Jobs said.

Ms Moran said the science and med­i­cal in­dus­tries had in­creased their hir­ing by 15pc and 6pc re­spec­tively year-on-year.

“How­ever, while the Jobs In­dex re­sults are pos­i­tive, a num­ber of chal­lenges threaten con­tin­ued eco­nomic growth. De­spite some coun­ties buck­ing the trend, we’re see­ing ru­ral Ire­land lag be­hind in job cre­ation.

“In the Mid­lands and the South-East, un­em­ploy­ment rates are the high­est in the coun­try,” she added.

Monthly un­em­ploy­ment fig­ures for Oc­to­ber are due from the CSO to­mor­row.

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