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Engineering and construction roles among hardest to fill jobs – report

By May 30, 2023No Comments

Engineering and construction related jobs are some of the hardest positions for employers to fill, according to a new report from hiring platform Indeed.

The analysis looked at Irish job postings from 1 January to the end of April this year to determine which positions were most likely to remain open for over 60 days.

Junior engineer positions were particularly hard to fill, with two in three of those openings remaining open for over 60 days.

Employers were also finding construction professionals of all types difficult to recruit for, with titles such as mechanical and electrical project manager, civil supervisor and construction manager featuring heavily on the list.

Positions such as tax senior and solicitor were both listed as some of the hardest to fill, so too were a number of tech roles including developers and moderators.

“It’s good news for employers in other parts of the economy looking to employ tech talent. It’s an opportunity for those employers to get some skills in that are typically difficult to do.” Jack Kennedy, Senior Economist at Indeed told Morning Ireland.

“It’s a bit more of an advantageous position in the market to fill those ‘more difficult to fill’ roles,” he explained.

The current shortage of healthcare workers was also reflected in the research, with caregivers being listed among the hardest to fill roles.

“Many of the roles listed are highly specialised and require extensive training or experience, which in itself can narrow the candidate pool,” said Mr Kennedy said.

“Coupled with the lowest unemployment rate on record since the early millennium boom, as well as the high cost of living driving youth emigration and making it increasingly difficult to attract overseas talent, some employers may feel talent bottlenecks in the coming months,” he added.

Indeed said that the current situation is good news for jobseekers who may be able to negotiate better salaries and for Irish diaspora who may be looking to return home.

“Longer term, however, employers and policymakers will need to examine talent pipelines and find ways to address the persistent barriers to recruitment in the industries most affected,” Mr Kennedy said.

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