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Jobs market on the up as vacancies rise 7pc despite UK fears

According to the latest IrishJobs.ie Jobs Index, the number of roles advertised online jumped by 4pc in the three-month period ending in June compared with the opening quarter of the year.

Positions in the environmental, health, and safety sector experienced the largest improvement, up 47pc on the same period last year.

Despite the improving jobs landscape the outcome of the Brexit vote remains a concern for Irish workers with three- fifths of them hoping for a second referendum. IrishJobs general manager Orla Moran said the recruitment website is seeing steady growth in the market. "More people working will have increased disposable income and it's interesting to see that reflected in our quarterly findings with the jump in jobs for beauticians and hairdressers," she said

Jobs in the beauty, haircare, leisure and sport sectors received a welcome boost from an increase in disposable income in the economy.

The index reports a 24pc increase in the area for the number of jobs advertised. Engineering and utilities improved significantly increasing by 38pc while construction, architecture, and property all benefited from an improving economy. IrishJobs' data is prepared and analysed by economist Dr Declan Curran and DCU economic geographer Chris van Egeraat.

The pair measure job vacancy against the local employed population, providing a rate that shows the number of vacancies per 1,000 people in any county.