Job postings on e-recruitment platform IrishJobs.ie were up 42% in the third quarter of the year, compared to the same quarter in 2019.

The data suggests that the Irish jobs market is not experiencing a long-term deficit of jobs because of the pandemic, as many predicted.

"We actually have a huge number of vacancies nationwide," said Orla Moran, General Manager of IrishJobs.ie.

While this is good news for job seekers and the economy, Ms Moran said filling the number of vacancies in a competitive market is a challenge for employers.

"Strong candidates can easily pick and choose roles," she said.

Job postings across sectors

Of the 30 sectors analysed by IrishJobs.ie in the third quarter, 24 posted quarterly increases in vacancies and 19 surpassed their pre-Covid rate.

In the tourism, travel, and airlines sector, which was severely impacted by the pandemic and lockdown, vacancies increased by 80% compared to the previous quarter and 3,607% compared to the same time last year.

Meanwhile, job listings in construction, architecture and property rose 25% compared to the second quarter and 178% compared to the same time last year.

Sales vacancies also increased, up 25% quarter-on-quarter and 487% year-on-year.

Job listings in science, pharmaceutical, and food dipped for the second successive quarter, down 13%.

This is likely due to a drop off in Covid-related product manufacturing.

Some sectors have yet to return to their pre-Covid levels of vacancies, including hotel and catering, beauty, hair care, leisure and sport.

County postings

According to the data, all counties recorded a yearly rise in job listings.

Only two counties - Laois and Limerick - did not register a quarterly rise in vacancies in the third quarter, though their declines were modest - just 1% and 3%, respectively.

Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway, and Waterford accounted for 73% of all vacancies.

Remote work postings

The data shows that fully remote work postings increased by 8% in the third quarter compared to the previous quarter.

This suggests that most employers believe the office still has an important role to play in the workplace.