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Work Permits in Ireland

Here is an interesting table and graph. It shows the number of work permits issued in Ireland per year over the last 10 years from the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment.

I’m not sure how to interpret the graph in terms of the trends (for example, does the recent drop mean less people are interested in coming here, or does it mean that permits are now harder to obtain?). If you have any insight or thoughts,  I’d be interested in hearing them.

Market Analysis: Irish Jobs Market II

To update on an earlier post (Irish Jobs Market at September 2009), now that September has passed, I’ve revisited this graph and it looks like my prediction was correct. Here is the actual graph of placements CPL made to date this year in the IT industry (with the usual qualifiers that this is “bare” data, represents IT only etc.). It would seem to back up the anecdotal evidence that things are getting better:

2009 Trend

2009 Trend

Irish Jobs Market at September 2009

Market Analysis: Irish Jobs Market at September 2009.

I am getting asked a lot (and I’m asking too) how the jobs market is doing right now. Anecdotally, anyone I speak to is saying it “feels” like it’s getting busier, but I wanted to be in a position to give a better answer.

Therefore, I had a look at the CPL IT database and counted the placements since the beginning of the year (a placement is what we call it when we find someone a job).

The emerging trend would seem to support the stories that the jobs market is improving.  Below is a figure of job placements made by CPL this year so far (the grey portion is what we have done in September, the blue for September is a projection based off September so far). It would look like the general trend is up overall:

2009 trend

2009 trend

Even if my September projections prove to be overambitious, the general trend is in the right direction (up).

Of course, these are very “bare” figures that ignore things like seasonal factors (such as Christmas and August Holidays and so on), but I thought these would be interesting to you all.

I’d be interested to hear from you if you have any thoughts/comments etc about the market and what your experience is. Please feel free to fill in a comment below.

The Current Market (III)

Returning to the analysis of what the market is doing from the volume of jobs I have on – the spike of April/May seems to have passed, but I am still seeing an increased volume on contract roles from last year (about 30% more in May and June, and 25% more on July and August, although August figures are estimated for now).
Any recruiter will tell you that July/August is traditionally a quiet time in recruitment, so I am expecting a very busy September!
See also my previous posts:
The Current Market (II) and
The Current Market 

Salary Survey

Working on updating our rate cards for IT contracting, here is what I am seeing. All feedback welcome!

Interesting Article on Content Management: Keeping up with the files explosion

An interesting article from the SBP that explores Content Management:

Keeping up with the files explosion

The storage of files and information has come under the remit of Enterprise Content Management, an efficient and environmental friendly solution for business worldwide, writes Leslie Faughnan