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As more jobs become available, jobseekers look for upskilling, opportunities and varied experience

Upskilling, opportunities and varied experience are increasingly important to employees as the Irish jobs market improves.

That may not sound like good news to many employers, but it is good news for the country. The jobs market has seen growth in both quarters of 2016. Foreign direct investment alone has created 9,100 jobs in the first six months of 2016. This is marginally up on a year-on-year basis, and the IDA is “reasonably confident” of matching last year’s record levels of FDI created new jobs.

In addition, the latest Cpl Employment Market Monitor indicates that steady jobs growth has continued in the second quarter of 2016. The strongest growth was in accountancy, finance and banking, but there was also modest growth in sales and marketing, science, engineering and supply chain.

Job creation from foreign direct investment looks set to continue. The IDA is already ahead of its 2015 -2019 FDI target – 80,000 new jobs, 900 new investments and €3bn in research and development money.