Computer software workers are enjoying a wage boom as their earnings soared by almost €10,000 in the last year.Irish Independant

But employees in industries including estate agencies, car sales and the wholesale trade suffered slumps of up to €804 over the same 12 months. As Leaving Cert students prepare to finalise their CAO choices, an Irish Independent survey shows the industries that are booming and those not faring as well on the wages front.

The most recent earnings figures show average wages grew at a modest 2pc to 3pc. The outlook for further earnings growth looks good, with the Central Bank and employer groups predicting pay hikes and unions seeking increases of at least 3.4pc.

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