Employers say they are giving the thumbs up to hiring new staff because of the economy and unemployment, but are not confident the labour market is improving.
A recent survey showed the number of people looking for work has risen in a big way in the past year, with almost two-thirds of respondents saying they had been contacted by employers.
But some employers said that was not enough.
Job seekers are reluctant to leave their jobs and are looking for alternative jobs that are not so appealing, according to a survey by a job search site.
Job seekers are giving their thumbs up, but not enough, said Job Search Ireland, which asked employers to tell them whether they were hiring new or looking for a replacement for a long-term position.
The Irish JobSearch website says the number seeking jobs fell to a six-year low in April, down from an average of nine a month since May 2011.
It said jobseekers are now more willing to leave a job for a job elsewhere.
Jobseekers are reluctant, said the survey, which was conducted from April to June.
“There is a lot of anxiety in the job market,” said Joe O’Brien, who has been working for a construction firm for more than a decade.
Job Seekers Ireland said it had spoken to around 1,000 employers in the first quarter of this year. “
I’m really scared for my career and my future.”
Job Seekers Ireland said it had spoken to around 1,000 employers in the first quarter of this year.
The survey showed that of those who were hiring, about 70 per cent said they were looking for experienced workers who could handle a variety of tasks, and the rest said they wanted a “good quality candidate” to fill a particular role.
About 60 per cent of those polled said they had not heard of the new jobs agency, but that the organisation would be open to applicants.
Job Seekers has been involved in the economy for a decade and has been a key player in promoting the idea of a “job search economy”.
However, the survey found that in some sectors, especially in the construction and service industries, there was concern about the impact of the job-hunting industry on job seekers.
Some companies were saying they were not seeing enough new job applicants, said Joe, who asked that his last name not be used.
There is an anxiety around the prospect that job seekers might not be able to find jobs because of job vacancies and there is a feeling that there are not enough people to go around, he said.
Mr O’Connor said that job-seekers are looking out for their own jobs and that they were trying to avoid leaving their jobs.
People are anxious about what is happening with the economy, he added.
It’s not the way we would like to work, he explained.
A spokesperson for the Irish Job Search organisation said it was important to be clear about the nature of the survey.
We are asking employers to share information about their own job market.
We also ask employers to consider the effect of job-search agencies on job search activity and potential employment.
If an employer has any concerns about an applicant, it is important to contact them immediately.
Job search organisations and Job Seekrs Ireland have both provided a range of advice on how to get more people into the workforce.
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