A new survey has found that 51% of professionals in Ireland are afraid to post their profile on a jobs board in case their boss finds it. 

The survey, from Harvey Nash Ireland, also revealed that of those who do use jobs boards, 76% either do not know or do not trust that their data is being kept to GDPR standards when they post up their CVs.

The "Control Your Career" survey assessed the attitudes of 3,500 full-time professionals to their career management.

Harvey Nash Ireland said the survey reveals the opportunity to learn new skills (33%) was the most popular reason given for seeking a new job. 

This was followed by better remuneration (26%) and dissatisfaction with their current job (16%).

But it also showed that 45% of professionals are passive in their approach to seeking a new job.

Respondents said they would only consider a new job role if they are contacted in relation to it, but would not actively seek new opportunities. 

One in three of respondents also believe their current job role will either harm or limit future job prospects.

Gavin Fox, Director at Harvey Nash Ireland, said that the jobs market has completely transformed over the last decade. 

"In such a competitive jobs market, employers are leaning towards strategic partners who have the track record in delivering tech talent and candidates expect to be courted and enticed by prospective employers," Mr Fox said.

He also said that money is no longer enough to attract skilled talent, particularly in technology. 

"Candidates want a frictionless recruitment process with human beings not websites or robots. 

"Candidates have a thirst for knowledge at their fingertips, so it's more important than ever for companies to show who they are, what is the companies mission / culture, what skills they will acquire and how a move will benefit them in three to five years' time," he added.