The job market in Dublin is heating up again, with more people seeking to relocate to the city and job vacancies at record highs.
The Irish Times can reveal that the number of people seeking jobs in the capital increased by nearly 1,000 in the past year, with a total of 11,500 job vacancies reported across the capital.
There was a surge in vacancies last year and the Dublin unemployment rate was up to 12.5pc, with unemployment being the most common reason for seeking work in the city.
There were 7,000 vacant jobs in Dublin, while there were 6,500 vacancies in the north of the city, according to the latest figures from the Employment and Training Agency.
While there were 5,400 vacancies in Dublin’s south, there were only 5,100 vacant jobs there, the latest numbers show.
The figures show that in the first three months of 2017, the unemployment rate in Dublin was 5.3pc, compared with 8.3 per cent in the rest of the country.
There has been a significant increase in vacancies across the whole of the capital, with the biggest increase in the south and the south-east.
The unemployment rate for Dublin is now 12.4pc compared with 7.3 percent in the whole country.
While in the west of the county, there was a slight drop in the number that sought a job in January, the number seeking a job increased by almost 2,000 since January.
While vacancies in Ireland are down compared with a year ago, there are more people looking for work in Dublin than in any other part of the United Kingdom.
The number of vacancies in England and Wales is down by nearly 30 per cent, compared to January.
There are more vacancies in Wales than in the United States, which is the only country in the EU with a job vacancy rate lower than 7.2pc.
There are currently 2.6 million people looking to relocate from the UK, with 1.6m in the Dublin area, with another 729 vacancies reported in the North of Ireland.
The number of vacant vacancies in Northern Ireland is up by more than 1,500, with 7,500 vacant jobs reported in that region.
The unemployment rate is the most commonly cited reason for a move to Dublin, accounting for about 10 per cent of all job vacancies.
The other common reasons for leaving the city are the cost of living, unemployment, and the cost to stay in Dublin.