There was a 5% increase in the number of jobs advertised online in 2013, according to an analysis by recruitment site Irishjobs.ie.
The year on year increase in jobs was driven by a few key sectors - accountancy and finance, customer services and medical professionals showed strong growth.
Irishjobs.ie reports a 1% increase in the number of jobs advertised in the last three months of the year, but within the figures, there was a diverging picture.
The number of jobs posted for Dublin increased, but the numbers in cities across the rest of the country fell.
Today's figures also show that construction made something of a come back in the last quarter with jobs in that sector, and in architecture, up 26%. Jobs advertised in the legal services rose by 10%, while beauty and leisure increased by 13% in the last quarter of 2013.
Sectors that saw a decrease in jobs advertised in the last three months of the year included IT, which fell 17%, retailing, wholesaling and purchasing (down 10%) and customer service (down 12%).
Irishjobs.ie's general manager Orla Moran said that expectations for the year ahead are good. "On the jobseeker side, a surge in applications is evident in this last quarter of 2013, with applications increasing 30%," she added.