Growth in Roscommon employment openings forecast to reach 3% in 2024

Employment opportunities are expected to grow by 3% in Roscommon during the course of 2024, according to leading recruitment company FRS Recruitment. This follows a disappointing 2023, when the number of opportunities in Roscommon declined by 6%.

The positive outlook for the coming year is in line with FRS Recruitment’s national projections, with 8% growth also forecast for the country as a whole over the next twelve months. They are anticipating particularly strong demand for accounting, insurance, engineering, science, construction, cybersecurity and social care personnel on a national basis for the coming year.

It is also expected that upward pressure on salaries in Roscommon and the rest of the country will continue over the next twelve months, with the economy at full employment and cost of living challenges still being felt by local employees.

The analysis is included in FRS Recruitment’s 2023 Review & 2024 Trend Forecast report. In total, over the course of 2023, FRS Recruitment advertised a total of 88,964 opportunities nationally. There was also a strong level of response from potential candidates to the openings that came on market, with FRS recording a 32% rise in the average number of applications received per opportunity.

On a county by county basis, 20 of the 26 counties experienced a decline in job opportunities in 2023. Dublin and all the other main urban areas experienced a drop in the number of roles with Limerick down 20%, Cork down 19% and Galway down 18%. Proportionately, the largest decline was experienced in Monaghan (down 51%).

However, six counties did buck the national trend and recorded a rise in the number of opportunities in 2023. There was significant growth in activity in the north-west part of the country in particular, with the largest county by county increases occurring in Donegal (up 43%), Leitrim (up 40%), Mayo (up 36%) and Sligo (up 13%). Additional increases in the number of opportunities were also seen in Tipperary and Wicklow.

The 2023 Review and 2024 Trend Forecast report is available on frsrecruitment.com.