What were the most applied for jobs in 2018? This year our most applied for jobs feature a variety of sectors and skills including technology and IT jobs, healthcare jobs, banking & finance jobs and jobs within the pharmaceutical industry.

Although a broad mix, almost all the jobs require a good mix of technical and interpersonal soft skills, highlighting the value of both soft and hard skills as we enter 2019.

1. IT Support Roles

The interest in entry-level technology roles in 2018 was huge particularly IT support jobs such as multilingual moderation roles and quality control jobs.

Technical skills and language skills are predicated to be two of the most in-demand skills for 2019, so this trend looks to continue into the new year.

2. Health Sector Special Care Social Care Workers

The aim of the special care social workers is to provide support and skilled therapeutic intervention to vulnerable children and young people with the goal of moving them to a less secure placement.

This kind of care role suits an empathetic professional who listens to and really cares for the young people in this environment. A tough but incredibly rewarding area of social care.

The interest in jobs like this shows that although technology and finance are dominating the highest paying jobs lists, there is still a demand for caregiving, people-focused careers.

3. Customer Service Jobs within Banking

The world of banking is changing, with an increased focus on digital banking and new banking products and services. Customer Service Advisors are responsible for delivering customer service to both personal and business customers and answering queries on online and phone banking.

These jobs require great interpersonal skills and again highlight the need for human skills at work, even in relation to more digital sectors such as digital banking.

4. Manufacturing Associates within Pharma

Like the support roles within the tech industry, we saw a high volume of applications for support roles within the Biopharma industry.

These jobs involve working with the manufacturing operations group, project design team and the CQV team, execution of commercial manufacturing processes and assisting with reviewing batch and exception reports.

5. Temp Jobs within Labourer and Logistics Companies

One of the most popular jobs within Construction this year were labourer temp jobs in Dublin. Training is often provided for this kind of roles, but a high level of attention to detail is needed as is the ability to undertake heavy lifting. Flexible shift work is the norm for this role, with overtime and a bonus scheme available for staff.

6. Clerical Officer

Temporary and permanent office support roles were popular this year, particularly the role of Clerical Officer.

Key responsibilities here include general clerical work, working with the latest technology to record and advance services, supporting line-managers and colleagues and communicating with the public.

7. Maintenance Technician within Pharma

Maintenance technicians, specifically within the pharma industry, was another in-demand job for 2018.

This role involves technical expertise to support pharma engineers as well as excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Depending on experience the salary for this job can range from €45,000 – €97,000.

8. Healthcare jobs – Healthcare Assistants & General Nurses

Healthcare jobs, such as healthcare assistants and general nurses, that provide essential direct care to patients across Ireland and the UK were sought after this year.

Cpl Healthcare place agency and permanent nurses nationwide and across all forms of nursing. Visit their website for more details.

Looking for a job in 2019?

As Ireland nears full employment, job opportunities were plentiful this year. If you’re interested in a new job in 2019 you can browse all job opportunities via our job search or get in touch to organise a meeting with one of our specialist recruitment consultants.