The Robert Walters Global Salary Survey for 2017 contains recruitment market updates, hiring advice and benchmarks salaries across our global markets.
Here we discuss the outlook for the engineering, supply chain & procurement sectors in Ireland.
Increased demand for professionals in 2016
Ireland saw increased demand across engineering, procurement and supply chain during 2016. The main industries with recruitment requirements continued to be within pharmaceutical, food and manufacturing.
Flexibility on working hours, office location and distance from home will become key deciding factors for professionals considering a career move.
We expect procurement professionals across all industries will continue to be popular hires in 2017 as multinational organisations look to set up global procurement centres in Ireland. Demand for procurement managers, category managers, senior buyers and procurement analysts will remain high as companies look to focus on cost savings.
Within engineering, demand for civil and construction professionals remains high due to a continued increase in commercial and office development and large infrastructure projects within the utilities sector. The ongoing shortage of residential housing will further increase demand for skilled employees in this sector.
Candidate shortages influencing remuneration packages
Darragh Golden, Manager of Engineering, Supply Chain & Procurement for Robert Walters Ireland said: "Robert Walters are actively working with professionals based abroad in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada to encourage them to return to Ireland in order to meet demand."
The pharmaceutical industry in Ireland went from strength to strength in 2016, with a number of new start up companies setting up operations in Ireland. Demand for professionals in this industry was highest in the areas of process engineering, quality, supply chain and for those with previous experience in contract manufacturing.
Candidate shortages will lead to higher remuneration packages from employers across the board and aspects such as flexibility on working hours, office location and distance from home will become key deciding factors for professionals considering a career move.
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