There was a record number of professional jobs created in Ireland last month, according to the employment agency Morgan McKinley’s monthly monitor.

There were 13,445 professional job opportunities available in April. A sharp rise of 42 percent from the 9,475 vacant positions during the same period last year. Compared to last month’s figure (12,138) there was an increase of 11 percent.

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Geographically, the improving market for top jobs continues to be led by Dublin, but offers in manufacturing and agri-food industries are driving job creation in the west and mid-west. The finance, human resources, IT and supply chain sectors are leading the way in terms of job growth.

“This month’s Employment Monitor indicates that job creation for professionals is continuing to grow, with a record number of positions registered this month, reflecting continued confidence both within the indigenous and multinational sectors,” said Karen O’Flaherty, Chief Operations Officer of Morgan McKinley Ireland.

“Positively, this uplift continues to spread beyond Dublin, with the manufacturing and agri-food industries driving job creation in the west and midwest regions. Overall, finance, HR, IT and supply chain are the most active sectors.”

The monitor also shows that there was an 18 percent rise across the country in the number of IT jobs available in April compared to the previous month, with a significant increase in permanent roles. The majority of the roles were within the multinational and banking sector. There was also strong demand for accountancy graduates.

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