The Irish labor market made a strong comeback in the first five months of the year, according to the latest IDA labor market analysis in partnership with Microsoft and LinkedIn.
Erasing rates were 27pc higher in 2019 than in the same period before the pandemic, despite the ongoing economic uncertainty from the war in Ukraine.
In May, the CSO reported that the number of people working in Ireland had risen to 2.5 million, well above pre-pandemic levels.
Employers are also paying attention to the demand for remote work, with nearly one in five Irish job postings on LinkedIn in April offering the ability to work from home. This is ahead of other markets such as the UK, where 13.7 per cent of job postings offer work from home.
Only 11.8 pc German job ads offered potential employees the opportunity to work remotely.
Microsoft’s 2022 Work Trends Index showed an appetite among Irish employees to switch to a full remote model, with 20 PCs among those surveyed interested in the model.
However, those who work entirely from home also expressed interest in returning to the office, with 42 percent of remote workers considering switching to a hybrid model.
The index also showed that a positive work culture and flexible working hours are the two most important benefits outside of pay.
According to the report, there has also been an increase in digital skills among the Irish workforce. LinkedIn’s 2 million members have increased the number of digital skills in their profiles by almost a fifth since 2019. There has also been an increase of about 30 pcs since 2015.
Digital skills are becoming even more important in areas outside technology, with LinkedIn increasing the digital skills potential in construction, transportation and logistics, healthcare and finance.