September 29, 2020
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Waterford job vacancies bounce back after early Covid crash

Local job vacancies crashed in April as Covid-19 took a grip on the economy but new figures show that the market bounced back last month.

IT staff and sales professionals are  most in demand, followed by insurance and, surprisingly, the motor trade.  Hospitality is the sector hardest hit.

The figures are from Hartley People, a recruitment and training agency with its headquarters  in Waterford. They show that, after a buoyant January and February, the South East  saw an 83% reduction in live vacancies in April.

There was a substantial recovery across the region in July,  when the number of live vacancies quadrupled.

“This is largely due to renewed confidence in the market,” says Hartley People. “The introduction and subsequent extension of the EWSS (Employer Wage Subsidy Scheme) has given many SMEs a cushion and the ability to continue with business as normal.

“Overall, we are seeing a lot of companies that had put plans on hold are now back on track after the initial shock of the lockdown,” the agency adds.

Hartley People reports an increased demand for IT staff in the South East. The motor trade industry has also seen a spike locally as has auctioneering.

There has been a marked increase in the demand for high calibre sales professionals, as companies work hard to recover lost business.

The insurance sector is going strong and contact call centres are also faring well.

Multi-national manufacturing is returning to normal levels of production.

“Overall we’re seeing that many hiring freezes have been lifted and the outlook is overall one of positivity,” reports Hartley People.

The big exception is in the hospitality sector where “the recovery from a jobs perspective has been somewhat anaemic thus far”.

Shane Doran

Shane Doran is founder and Co-Managing Editor of News Now Media, incorporating KilkennyNow.ie, WaterfordNow.ie and WicklowNow.ie. He is a former newspaper editor who has held senior executive roles across five national newspaper titles, both broadsheet and tabloid. He was News Editor and Executive Editor of the Irish Independent for more than seven years and spent a number of years in South Africa where he worked as editor of The Daily Voice newspaper. Shane has held senior editorial position with The Sunday Independent, The Herald and The Irish Daily Star and has served as Executive Editor (Group) of Independent News & Media (INM), Ireland’s largest newspaper group.

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