Vacancies advertised on IrishJobs.ie are well up year on year between April and June - and have exceeded pre-pandemic levels, according to the job listing website.

Compared to the same three months of last year, vacancies are 157% higher.

However, that is comparing it to the time when Covid-19 restrictions were at their tightest.

Compared to the April to June period of 2019, pre-pandemic – listings are also 19% higher.

Some of that is due to a spike in construction-related vacancies which came as the sector reopened earlier this year.

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The areas to see the biggest jumps in the year are the ones that have largely been able to continue as normal during the pandemic.

For example, accounting and finance saw a 136% rise year on year, while banking, finance and insurance listings were up 119%.

While there was a solid rise in listings in almost every county in the country – Sligo and Limerick were the only ones to see declines.

The listings with no location listed enjoyed the strongest growth, as work from home vacancies increased by 77% when compared to the first three months of the year.

Orla Moran, General Manager of IrishJobs.ie, said the latest Jobs Index shows an economy in rebound.

"What makes this quarter's figures particularly interesting and so encouraging is the fact that current job vacancies are now higher than pre-Covid vacancy levels.

"Sectors that were especially hard hit by restrictions are recovering quickly, while it is clear from the growth in financial and business support sectors that pent-up demand for talent during lockdown is transforming into active recruitment," she said.

Ms Moran said they expect a rise in job seekers looking to kickstart their career, or change career path.

"While many employees will have opted to stay secure in their current job during lockdown, the increased certainty that reopening brings, the new culture of openness to hybrid working, and the sheer number of vacancies means that 2021 is likely to be a year of mass movement between roles, or what some economists and recruitment professionals are calling the 'Great Resignation’," she said.