Morgan McKinley have today released their February 2016 Irish Employment Monitor.
The Monitor measures the pulse of the Irish professional jobs market by tracking the number of new job vacancies and new candidates within the Republic of Ireland each month.
It registered a 11% decrease (11,762) in the number of professional job opportunities compared to January 2016 but was on a par with the same month last year.
There was a 2% decrease in the number of professionals seeking employment this month compared to the previous month, but a 14% increase compared to February 2015.
The high skills sectors is the most buoyant nationally with share options and flexible packages proving attractive to IT professionals on the move.
Morgan McKinley Ireland Operations Director, Bryan Hyland commented, "Talent shortages remain challenging in high-skilled sectors and niche expertise is sought in manufacturing, engineering, IT and risk areas within banking and insurance. This has led to salary inflation in these sectors where the talent pool is limited. Gradually the market is recognising the need for a collective strategy to combat these shortages by attracting new talent to Ireland and lure expatriates back from overseas.
He added, "Within the competitive hiring ICT sector, more tech startups are winning the war for talent this month by focusing on their employer proposition, promoting their company culture and overall remuneration package. Notable high demand areas include; IT security due to continued cyber security concerns and iOS developers reflecting the industry focus on mobile and front end customer solutions."