Recipients of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) have become more active in their job search, according to a survey from jobs website Indeed.

36% of respondents that are receiving the payment said they are urgently looking for work, up from just 13% in July.

That increase comes as phased reductions in PUP payments kicked in during September, with the Government flagging their plans in advance of the changes.

Meanwhile, the latest data from indeed shows that job postings in the tourism sector have more than doubled, as the industry begins its recovery.

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The data, which was published to coincide with UN World Tourism Day, reveals that job listings containing key words such as 'tourism' and 'hospitality' in Ireland jumped by 104% in the three months to the end of August, compared to the lows of lockdown last year.

The data shows that hiring in the sector picked up in May, which was the first month to show an increase in recruitment after 15 months in a row of decline.

However, interest in roles in the hospitality and tourism sector is not keeping pace with the positions that need to be filled.



Searches for tourism and hospitality related roles were up 38% in the three months to the end of August, rising by only a third of the pace at which employers are increasing job posts.

Speaking on Morning Ireland, Jack Kennedy, Economist with Indeed said the data paints a "welcome picture" of a sharp recovery in demand from employers as lockdown restrictions eased.

"However, it also shows that the level of demand from job seekers has not rebounded at the same pace, explaining the acute staff shortages that we are hearing from those in the hotel, pub and restaurant trade," he added.

Mr Kennedy said this is likely compounded by a dip in supply of workers from overseas, who often provide necessary support to the sector.

According to the findings of the survey, care responsibilities such as parenting and fears about contracting Covid in the workplace are continuing to act as barriers to those without jobs and not in receipt of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment returning to work.

"A sustained period of reduced case numbers and hospitalisations, coupled with high vaccination rates may help reassure this cohort that is holding back to avail of the large number of opportunities that are out there," Mr Kennedy said.

The pandemic has had a severe impact on the sector that accounts for 5% of GDP.

Figures from the Department of Social Protection show that of the 110,700 people in receipt of Pandemic Unemployment Payments as of 21 September, over 19,000 were in the hospitality, restaurant and food sector.

That is down from a peak of 131,000 in May 2020.

The data from Indeed shows that overall demand for labour has continued to rise, with job postings on the Indeed Ireland website as of 10 September over 32% above the pre-pandemic baseline as of February 2020.