The National CSO results for May show little change in the live Register figures with unemployment remaining steady at 14.3%. There was however an increase of 7% in the number of long term unemployed which is a worrying statistic.
Cpl still sees a two tier job market with a high demand for professionals in technology, science and multilingual sectors. Conversely, opportunities in construction and semi-skilled vacancies remain relatively hard to come by, however the recent announcement of NAMA’s €2 billion investment over the next 4 years is projected to create up to 25,000 which is positive news in this sector. There continues to be encouraging stories around Foreign Direct Investment in Ireland and a visit to the IDA website certainly gives one hope.
A recent survey I saw by the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland (CPA) suggests that jobseekers are not spending the requisite time ensuring their CVs and interview skills are honed. Employers are scrutinising and screening candidates to a far greater degree than a few years ago and as a result; it has never been so important to present yourself well on paper and in interviews.
Cpl will be supporting gradireland this month at their jobs fair in Dublin which offers recent graduates the opportunity to see what opportunities are on offer. We are also speaking on talent acquisition and retention at the Institute of Directors on June 14th and finally we are holding a table quiz for IT professionals for our chosen charity of 2012 the LauraLynn Children’s hospice.
We hope you can join us at one of these events over the next few weeks.