Christmas and seasonal job postings in Ireland have increased by 11% compared to last year according to new data from jobs site Indeed.com. 

Indeed reported a surge in postings for Christmas related roles in the early Autumn, as businesses prepare for the busy festive period. 

Its analysis reviewed jobs posted on its website that included at least one of  the following - 'Christmas', 'Xmas', 'seasonal', 'elf', 'holiday', 'santa', 'claus' - in the job title. 

It said the seasonal roles advertised to date are predominantly customer-facing sales jobs in the retail sector with 73% of jobs on offer in shops. 

Other big seasonal roles help ensure that retailers do not run out of stock, with hiring focused on stocking, merchandising, driving and warehouse work.

Just 2% of the jobs posted are for the hospitality sector, while jobs that required the successful candidate to dress up as Santa, Mrs Claus or an elf accounted for 4% of the postings.

Pawel Adrjan, economist at global job site Indeed, said that Christmas jobs postings on the website soared earlier and faster than in 2017. 

"This is likely to be boosted by other seasonal retail events such as Black Friday, which happens in November.

"Demand for seasonal employment is increasing against a backdrop of record low unemployment, which makes it harder for businesses to find employees for temporary roles," the economist added.