Nearly one in five job ads now advertise remote working, says reportBlathnaid O’Deaon February 25, 2022 at 09:47 Silicon RepublicSilicon Republic

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Remote working options are continuing to expand, with almost one in every five (19pc) jobs postings on LinkedIn now offering the perk.

That’s according to the latest Labour Market Pulse report by IDA Ireland in partnership with LinkedIn and Microsoft. The report also found that hiring rates in the final two months of 2021 were on average 22pc higher than the same period in 2019.

This surge has continued into 2022 also, with hiring rates this January coming in on average 28pc higher than in January 2019.

The latest report covered the three-month period between October and December 2021. It found that remote working options increased since the previous quarterly report, which found that one in seven jobs postings on LinkedIn offered remote working.

This represents a 118pc year-on-year increase on the availability of flexible work roles, placing Ireland one of the highest for the availability of remote roles across eight markets monitored by LinkedIn. The other markets were France, Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, the United Arab Emirates and the UK.

The share of job postings in the software and IT services industry group increased by 22pc year-on-year, while there were increases of 9pc in the finance industry and 6pc in transport and logistics. The manufacturing sector’s share of total job postings declined. However, in volume terms it did experience a year-on-year increase.

IDA Ireland CEO Martin Shanahan welcomed the data showing an increase in remote working opportunities, which he said he hoped would allow “employers to tap into the talent base across all regions of Ireland.”

James O’Connor, VP of Microsoft International Operations claimed that “The growth in the number of job postings that include the option to work remotely demonstrates the degree to which the Irish economy is continuing to digitally transform. It’s clear, an increasing number of Irish-based employers are providing greater flexibility to employees who are seeking to embrace this new era of hybrid working.”

“In a climate where employers continue to face challenges in terms of attracting and retaining talent, it’s hugely positive to see hiring rates continue to grow and sectors that were more exposed to the challenges of Covid-19 begin to recover.”

Sharon McCooey, head of LinkedIn Ireland said the January hiring data pointed towards “continued momentum” into the year ahead.

“Globally we are at a unique inflection point with people re-evaluating how, where and why they work – and Ireland is no different as we can see from the heightened activity across our two million strong membership,” she said, adding that it was very much a jobseekers’ market thanks to the number of options available.

“In order to continue to attract the best talent, employers need to continue to offering the same level of flexibility that people have become accustomed to over the past two years,” she cautioned.

Labour Market Pulse report. Image: IDA Ireland

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