Leisure section job demand increases
Demand for labour in Limerick in the leisure sector increased significantly in March, with the number of jobs advertised in March at 147 (up 56 per cent), according to the Bank of Ireland Business Banking Job Index.
Another sector that saw a rise was IT ITechnology, which peaked in Limerick in October 2005 when 54 jobs were advertised.
Since then figures have dropped significantly, reaching a six- month low last month.
March, however, has seen an increase of 360 per cent, with 23 jobs advertised.
Another significant driver of recruitment during March in Limerick was the manufacturing sector with 51 jobs advertised, while financial recruitment remains steady.
In percentage terms, the manufacturing sector increased strongly (+65 per cent) during March, while the finanCial sector remained on a par with February's figures.
The professional sector fared less well, with a 64 per cent decrease in the number of jobs advertised compared with February.
The retail and healthcare sectors suffered similarly, with drop-offs of 39 per cent and 37 per cent respectively. The construction sector recorded a drop of 10 per cent.