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Forget Ulster Bank, there WILL be hiring in Ireland in 2012 and 2011 wasn’t that bad

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Even as Ulster Bank prepares to cut 950 jobs, it’s not all bleak for hiring inIreland.

A new survey by finance-focused recruitment firm Morgan McKinley has found that 65% of ‘professional employers’ intend to hire people in 2012. Nor was 2011 as bad as it may have seemed: last year, professional job opportunities inIrelandrose 34% according to Morgan McKinley’s ‘Employment Monitor.’

“The financial services sector experienced quite a turbulent year in 2011 but certain niche skill sets emerged as a result of this. Restructuring and debt recovery specialists, qualified financial advisors and collections professionals were highly sought after and fixed term contracts featured heavily given the current flux in global financial markets,” said Karen O’Flaherty, Chief Operations Officer, Morgan McKinley Ireland.

The apparent buoyancy of the Irish market is in stark contrast to the UK, where Morgan Kinley’s local Employment Monitor suggests London employment opportunities fell 8% last year and were half their level of 2007.

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