While job listings fall by 37 per cent in the month of March, some sectors experienced surges, with the medical professional and healthcare sector seeing the highest jump.

Covid-19 has had a massive impact on employment in Ireland over the last month, but the latest IrishJobs.ie Job Index indicates recruitment is down but not out, with positives to be taken from the report.

In its analysis, the e-recruitment platform tracked job activity in March 2020 and found that job listing had fallen by 37 per cent (pc) overall.

As expected, jobs increased rapidly in nursing, healthcare and medical category, which was up 77pc. At the same time, vacancies remained steady in the science, pharmaceutical and food (+1pc) sector, which bodes well for a crucial Irish internationally traded sector over the coming weeks and months.

“We worked side by side with Irish recruiters through the crash and the recovery, so we know how incredibly resilient Irish businesses are”

The economic shutdown has impacted livelihoods and job security in just a matter of weeks, with the unemployment rate jumping to 16.5pc last Thursday.

Resilient recruiters

A number of sectors bearing the brunt of the health crisis, with jobs in hotel and catering falling by 66pc, tourism, travel and airlines is 63pc and beauty, hair care and leisure, which dropped by 66pc, all impacted.  

Orla Moran, general manager at IrishJob.ie, says recruitment may be down, but believes resilient recruiters will rethink their hiring strategies.

“There has been a marked change in the recruitment landscape since the 1st of March. Our Index is a barometer, reflecting this moment in time for the Irish job market. Sectors such as hospitality and tourism, are paused while others, such as medical and healthcare food retail and logistics are experiencing increased demand for staff.

“IrishJobs.ie has over 20 years’ experience in the Irish market. We worked side by side with Irish recruiters through the crash and the recovery, so we know how incredibly resilient Irish businesses are. I believe that employers will transition to a new way of recruiting.”

“This is a real moment of truth for employer branding and people management”

Many leading companies across Ireland had already increased their virtual hiring processes, with video interviews being relatively common in certain industries. These methods will benefit a business, help reduce overall recruitment costs and improve hiring efficiency as well.

“This is a real moment of truth for employer branding and people management. Focusing on retaining critical talent and improving internal communication is essential so all staff feel engaged and connected.

“A company’s greatest advocates are its employees, so how a business treats its staff during this time matters. Employers should aim to have a positive brand legacy that will power talent acquisition to help recovery post coronavirus,” she added.

The IrishJobs.ie Jobs Index found almost every county in Ireland has experienced a decrease in jobs with the cities also feeling the impact of the coronavirus with jobs in Galway (-17pc) Dublin (-16pc) and Cork (-14pc) all falling back.

By Stephen Larkin

Published: 17 April, 2020

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