Sectors most vulnerable to a tightening of public health restrictions, including tourism, travel, and airlines, experienced a 96 per cent drop in vacancies over the past year, according to an Irishjobs.ie survey.
Vacancies in hotels and catering were down 82 per cent while those in beauty, hair care, leisure and sport sectors were down 56 per cent. These sectors continue to bear the brunt of the Covid-19 downturn, the report said.
Job vacancies were 23 per cent down year-on-year in the final quarter of 2020, according to IrishJobs.ie. The recruitment website compiles quarterly vacancy numbers to gauge the strength of the Irish labour market.
In contrast to the March-May lockdown, when economic activity ground to a halt, the employment market was more resilient in the final quarter of the year as businesses showed signs of adapting to the new Covid reality, it said.
The most resilient sector in 2020 was science, pharmaceutical and food, which saw vacancies increase by 161 per cent year-on-year.
Other sectors that performed strongly were medical professionals and healthcare (up 123 per cent), IT (up 49 per cent), construction (up 5 per cent).
Each of these sectors posted both year-on-year growth and quarterly growth in job vacancy creation, according to the report.
The group’s index also shows a sharp demand for remote working opportunities, with a 53 per cent increase in people searching for work-from-home roles from January 2020 to December 2020.