The job opportunities in the newspapers of 1916 were extremely different to today, as space was a premium, the cost of printed paper was relatively astronomical when compared to today and papers were rarely larger than 8 pages. Job ads as a result were confined to no more than 10 lines of small print. Most advertisements required applicants to send their applications through to a specific Box number and the variety of jobs on offer was hugely different to 2016.
What jobs were in demand in 1916?
There was a huge demand for private servants and grocery assistants. Other jobs advertised were for van drivers, cabinet makers, yardmen (to mind farm animals), butter makers, sewing machine sales, dental mechanics, book-keepers, drapery assistants and bar personnel.
However what stands out with a large proportion of these Job ads is that the age, gender, religion and strength of preferred applicants is clearly stated. In 2016, needless to say, this would be in violation of several laws.
A typical ad of the time is illustrated above
On the eve of the centenary of probably the most iconic and transformative events in Irish history, which led to the birth of a nation, it is interesting to travel back in time from a job hunters perspective in 1916.