FÁS/ESRI Employment and Vacancies Survey: December 2005

12/01/2006

FÁS/ESRI Employment and Vacancies Survey: December 2005

Embargo: 1:00 a.m. Thursday 12th January 2006 Key findings of the survey for the month of December 2005:

  • Economy wide vacancies decreased with 16 per cent of firms indicating that they had vacancies compared to 19 per cent in November;
  • The proportion of service sector firms reporting vacancies fell a significant 9 percentage points to 18 per cent;
  • The percentage of retail firms reporting vacancies reached its second highest level since June 2004 as 7 per cent of firms in the sector reported vacancies;
  • Overall private sector employment is expected to fall over the coming months;
  • The Net Employment Expectations indicator for the construction sector reached its lowest level in over a year (1 per cent) but employers remained optimistic, on balance, about future employment in the sector;
  • Employer sentiment in the services sector reached its most pessimistic level in over a year with 9 per cent more employers feeling employment levels would fall rather than rise over the coming months;
  • The industrial sector experienced a significant deterioration in employer sentiment as the Net Employment Expectations indicator for the sector reached its lowest level (minus 9 per cent) this year;
  • Employers in the retail sector remained pessimistic about future employment levels in their firms;
  • The most frequently reported difficult-to-fill vacancies in each sector were:
    • Construction: Quantity surveyors and site managers
    • Industry: Engineers, managers and sales personnel
    • Retail: Sales personnel
    • Services: Architects and supervisors

For further information contact:
Gerry Hughes (ESRI) at 01-6671525,
Nicola Doyle, (ESRI) at 01-6671525 or
John McGrath, (FÁS) at 01-6077431. 

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