Ireland has one of the lowest job vacancy rates in the EU.

Figures from the EU's statistics agency Eurostat show the vacany rate here during the first quarter of the year was 1%, compared to an average of 1.9% across the 28 member states.

The job vacancy rate is the number of new positions employers are seeking to fill expressed as a percentage of the overall workforce.

High job vacancy rates can indicate employers are struggling to fill certain roles, possibly because of skills shortages.

The rate across the EU rose from 1.7% over the same period in 2016.

The Czech Republic has the highest job vacancy rate at 3.1%. The lowest rate in the bloc is in Spain at 0.8%.