Job advertising volumes in Ireland has increased by 21% during the first quarter of 2014, according to the latest findings of the Robert Walters European Job Index. 

The IT sector saw a 19% increase in the number of adverts placed demonstrating the challenges of sourcing IT professionals in the Irish market. 

An increase in business activity and the return of newly qualified recruitment drives contributed to the 20% increase in accounting and finance roles reported over the quarter. 

The banking and financial services sector accounted for one of the largest increases in job advertising volumes in the first quarter up 33% from quarter four 2013, a  4%  increase year on year. The Index said this rise reflected an uplift in both job creation and candidate movement. 

"The jobs market in financial services has been very stagnant since 2008, but we are now witnessing growing candidate confidence and more movement in the market. 

"In addition, candidates are being offered salary increases when moving positions and we noted an increase in counteroffers," Louise Campbell, Managing Director of Robert Walters Ireland said.