Ireland’s unemployment rate is now at its lowest level since February 2008 and salaries are on the increase to attract a high level of talent. There has been an average wage increase of 3.9% across the market, with entry-level salaries now rising above €30K in Dublin.

It’s a candidate’s market at the moment with skills shortages and high demand for certain professions in key sectors such as Finance & Accounting, Technology & IT and Pharmaceuticals.

If you are thinking of upskilling or are curious as to job market trends in Ireland for 2019 these are the most active sectors now according to our expert recruiters’ insights, 2019 Salary Guide information and statistics:

  1. Accountancy & Finance

Due to Brexit uncertainty, many financial institutions are now choosing Dublin to set up in. Skilled workers with the right experience and cultural fit are becoming more difficult to secure.

As a result, businesses are trying to speed up their hiring process and add to their benefits packages to secure the best talent.

Some of the most in-demand finance jobs in Ireland for 2019 include Payroll Specialist, Financial Analyst, Regulatory Reporting Accountant and Accounts Payable. Finance professionals with language skills are also highly sought after.

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  1. Pharmaceuticals

The pharma industry is developing quickly in Ireland and there are numerous new jobs available with innovative companies like Pfizer Aerie Pharmaceuticals.

Over the last year, there have been numerous high-profile announcements for new entrants into the pharma and biotech industry in Ireland. In total, the IDA has announced almost 2,000 new jobs countrywide, with more announcements expected throughout 2019.

Demand is high for candidates – particularly QA (Quality Assurance) professionals, which has resulted in pharma salaries becoming more competitive.

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  1. Digital Marketing

Digital start-ups, SMEs & large multinational companies are all looking to develop their brands to gain competitive advantage. Whether big or small, almost all companies are now seeking to add digital marketing expertise to their teams.

We have seen a drop in senior marketing jobs recently but have noticed an increased effort to retain good digital marketing talent via competitive benefits.

For 2019 e-commerce, content marketing and CRM are all key hiring areas.

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  1. Technology

Dublin is now home to a vast range of technology companies, both huge multinationals such as First Data and DXC Technology and successful homegrown companies.

The tech sector has been and continues to thrive in Ireland. The demand for tech talent is so competitive companies in Ireland are now increasingly looking to abroad to source the employees they need.

This has led to spikes in salary expectations, both contract and perm, and an increase in work from home/flexible working arrangements.

Some of the most in-demand job for 2019 include software engineers and developers (Java software engineers who have experience with React are particularly in demand), PMO, agile coaches, product owners, scrum masters, UI developers and UX/UI designers and data analytics professionals.

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  1. Language Jobs

At the time of writing this article, there was 412 different jobs with language skill requirements live on the Cpl website. The demand for professionals with language skills is huge. Language skills are in demand across all sectors, especially IT, finance, e-commerce, sales and digital marketing.

The most in-demand languages in Ireland (other than English) are German, Dutch, French, Russian and Nordic.

Global companies who are based in Ireland are investing in recruitment campaigns to attract those with the right language skills to Ireland and it is now common to offer competitive salaries and benefits to the right candidates.

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  1. Insurance

The insurance 2020 strategy aims to grow direct employment in the insurance sector to 35,000 by 2020.

Ireland’s appeal as a centre for insurance excellence has been improved further by the EU’s Insurance Framework Directives which allows insurance companies in Ireland to carry out business in all EU member states through establishing branches or selling passport rights.

Areas that have in-demand positions for insurance professionals include Brokerage, Compliance, Reinsurance, Actuary and Claims.

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Looking for a job outside of these sectors? There’s plenty of those too…Find Jobs

Note: This article was originally published on the 16th of September 2016 and has been completely updated for 2019.