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Professional jobs jump 26pc

THE amount of job opportunities for professionals jumped by 26pc within the year, indicating a turnaround in the economy.

The key figures outlined by the Morgan McKinley Employment Monitor also include the small firms sector.

There was also a notable decrease in the number of new professional jobseekers in February 2011 compared to the same time last year -- highlighting the shortage of skilled workers in specific sectors.

"The 26pc year-on-year increase in job vacancies suggests that business confidence, which we have seen return in certain niche areas over the past year, is now starting to improve across all sectors in the professional jobs market," said Karen O'Flaherty, chief operations officer of Premier Group.

In addition, the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey suggests further jobs potential. Employers in the restaurants/hotels and pharmaceutical industry sectors have forecast net employment should rise 4pc and 3pc respectively.