Around three in ten workers surveyed by recruitment website Indeed said they were open to new employment opportunities but are not actively looking.
The survey showed that 7% of workers said they were urgently looking for a new post while around half said they were not searching for a new role.
Indeed said this suggests that employers who are looking to recruit immediately as businesses emerge from the pandemic may struggle to do so.
Today’s survey shows that 46% of respondents were not searching for a new job right now and 29% were not actively looking, although they admitted they were open to opportunities.
People in full time employment were least likely to be urgently seeking a new role (4%).
But even those out-of-work, or currently in receipt of PUP support, do not appear in a hurry to find a new job, today’s survey reveals.
Indeed said that people appear to be biding their time until the right job opportunity presents itself, with 29% of overall respondents saying they will start searching when more opportunities are available.
Others may be waiting for the end of the summer holidays, with 20% saying they wanted to have taken a holiday before looking, and 11% saying they will look when the new school year has started.
Vaccine concerns are also a factor, with 10% saying they will start job hunting when more people they would be working with are vaccinated and 8% waiting until they or their household are all vaccinated.
Jack Kennedy, economist at Indeed, said that several factors appear to be holding Irish people back from looking for a new job at the moment, even though the demand for labour has rebounded quickly as the pandemic restrictions have eased.
“Family and household responsibilities appear to be an issue, and are a reminder that the barriers to labour market participation posed by access to childcare and caring responsibilities prior to the pandemic are still with us,” Jack Kennedy said.
He said that lingering health concerns look to be another factor in deterring job search, with some preferring to wait until they, their household, or more of their would-be colleagues are vaccinated against Covid-19.
“It also seems people feel they’re likely to have better job options if they wait a bit longer. So while search activity may begin to pick up in the autumn, there’s little sense of urgency among would-be jobseekers right now,” he added.