The recruitment sector is a great market barometer. Through our dealings with clients and candidates, we obtain regular feedback that gives us an indication of the condition of the market. Here are some of the key points we have noticed:

> The market is now in the early stages of recovery as employers reactivate their workforce to meet client demand. The employment landscape will be a blend of full-time, part-time and temporary lay-off as employers stagger the return of staff and look to reduce unnecessary costs where possible.

> The Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) and Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS) payments from Revenue will likely expire at the end of August whereon employers will be forced to make decisions on their staff numbers and contracts they can offer.

> The majority of sectors have will have reopened to some degree come the end of June and PUP claimants are falling week on week which is positive considering over a million employees were being supported by the state at the peak.

> Every sector is having to adopt new business plans in order to overcome the current challenges. Social distancing guidelines remain an ongoing concern for the hospitality sector. The high street retail sector is also suffering the challenge of continued growth in online sales.

> A number of sectors continue to perform strongly like pharmaceutical, medical supplies and grocery along with their raw material and service suppliers. However, the uncertainty within the market is leading many companies to freeze recruitment to all but critical resources as they redeploy staff and extend remote working arrangements.

> A large number of the retail, hospitality and construction experienced candidates available in the market, unfortunately, have little prospect of transferring those skills into other industries in the short-term as so few opportunities will exist and employers, once again, will have the luxury of hiring only the most suitable candidates that require minimal training.

> The recovery is underway as the increase in traffic volume would indicate. Central Bank figures show deposits rose by €3 billion in April, the largest increase seen since the financial regulator began collating data in 2003. The expectation is for a bumper consumer spend once confidence returns to the market.

> Brexit is once again on the horizon as the UK seem determined to leave on 31st December come what may. Employers will dust off their Brexit contingency plans and again make the necessary arrangements to overcome this challenge. Employment opportunities in the areas of international marketing, customs clearance, trade compliance and supply chain planning are expected.

> We have noted an increase in temping resource demand as companies begin to ramp up their operations. It will take some time before permanent employment fully recovers as companies will begin to hire in stages that match the increase in demand/revenue.

> Similar to the recovery of the 2008 financial crisis, we expect to see a number of employment activation schemes implemented by the government similar to JobBridge and the Work Placement Scheme.

The recovery is underway, albeit, in certain sectors and whilst not everyone will notice it at first, it is moving in the right direction. We are resilient and determined as a nation with a proven ambition to succeed. Whilst we all await the return to a new normal, stay safe, be kind, manage stress and look after both your physical and mental health.