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Salary Survey 2019 - out now!

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The Irish recruitment market is in the midst of an evolution as it reacts to, and predicts further, changes in technology, politics and the economy. Cyber Security and Brexit are two key drivers, seeing the emergence of unique roles in response to a growing demand for online security specialists, and a jobs boost across supply chain, banking, pharma and science industries as major European businesses set their sights on the capital.

The housing issue which is prevalent in Ireland’s major centres such as Dublin, Cork and Galway in particular has also seen an increase in companies offering relocation packages or “sign on” bonuses to attract re-locators from Europe. In particular, Dublin based firms are seeing external factors such as rental market inflation impacting their ability to attract talent and thus there has been continued upward pressure on salaries in order to attract the best people.

Pensions, private healthcare, free on-site breakfasts, workplace gyms, free fruit and yoga sessions are just some of the popular perks being used to attract the best candidates. Flexible ways of working are top of the agenda for both employers and job-seekers and are very important in an ever changing and diverse workforce, particularly for those in commuter towns and cities and employees with young families.

Commenting on the latest figures, Barbara McGrath, Managing Director, said: "Understandably, Brexit remains high on the agenda for firms as they look ahead to the economic landscape. Whilst uncertainty surrounding a deal may slow things somewhat for the first quarter of 2019, the signs are that Ireland will become a far more attractive place to do business which is good news for jobs and we are already seeing considerable positive movement, particularly within the banking, financial services, fund services and legal sectors.

"Overall, it remains a candidates’ market with job seekers moving quickly. Therefore those organisations who can move their recruitment and selection process promptly have an advantage in the market to secure the best talent.”