Signs of jobs growth in Ireland, says LinkedIn

Ireland saw a marginal return to hiring growth in October, but second wave of virus could see a further sag in hiring, according to LinkedIn data.

LinkedIn’s data revealed that hiring in Ireland had returned to growth in mid-October, with a hiring rate of approximately +4pc for the week ending 17 October, compared to the same period last year.

However, from 15 countries, including Ireland, Brazil, China, France, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, the UK and US shows that while hiring has improved since the pandemic first struck, most countries can’t get back to consistent growth. 

“The labour market recovery is stalling and that is putting billions of people around the world at risk”

As many countries face a second wave of infections, LinkedIn’s data suggests that hiring isn’t likely to improve at a rate that will offset rising unemployment, with figures showing that over 85,000 more people were paid the Pandemic Unemployment Payment in the wake of new public health restrictions.

As Ireland continues with Level 5 lockdown restrictions, LinkedIn’s international data suggests that avoiding a lockdown to preserve the economy doesn’t improve the national hiring picture in the long run.

Hiring in the new normal

Brazil saw one of the steepest declines in hiring globally, while Sweden’s hiring rate still hasn’t returned to growth and is tracking behind other European countries. Meanwhile, France is showing one of the most consistent recoveries of all 15 countries, despite having containment measures in place.

Trends from earlier in the year also suggest there is potential for another significant sag in hiring within the next few months. While the picture for job seekers is very challenging, LinkedIn data shows there are pockets of hiring growth, with 14+ million jobs available on LinkedIn globally. 

LinkedIn has identified 10 jobs that have experienced steady growth over the last several years and predict will continue to grow. Digital skills are in particular demand, with LinkedIn predicting the technology sector will add nearly 150 million jobs in the next 5 years.

In Ireland, LinkedIn’s data has also revealed the ten roles most in demand by companies still hiring, which are outlined in the IDA Labour Market Pulse.

“The labour market recovery is stalling and that is putting billions of people around the world at risk,” said LinkedIn’s chief economist Karin Kimbrough.

“The difficult reality is we are facing a long-term disruption to the labour market that extends beyond the availability of a vaccine; solving the unemployment crisis will require more than opening back up. We need to support people in vulnerable positions to find new opportunities, in particular helping them to build new skills. While the overall labour market is challenging, we are seeing pockets of hiring growth and want to help people understand where opportunities exist, and how they can put their best foot forward.”

The company has also launched a new number of new resources including the interactive Career Explorer tool to help people find jobs that match their skills as well as 1,000 hours of free learning courses from from Microsoft and LinkedIn at opportunity.linkedin.com

In the past three months alone, nearly 13 million people around the world, including 42,000 in Ireland, have learned digital skills.

LinkedIn members can use the #OpenToWork profile photo frame to signal to employers that they are looking for new opportunities while managers can also use the #Hiring profile photo frame to signal open roles to their network so job seekers can easily see who is hiring.

By John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published: 5 November, 2020