Increased recruitment activity in Ireland in the first half of 2018

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Welcome to the Robert Walters Ireland half year market update.  

Throughout the first half of 2018, we have seen an increase in recruitment activity, a high demand for candidates across multiple specialisms, the prevalence of the counter offer, and HR professionals setting their priorities on staff attraction and retention. 

With the decision of the UK to leave the European Union, Ireland has been the choice location for a number of institutions wanting to set-up offices in a English speaking European country. As a result, we have seen an extremely high demand for regulatory professionals across risk, compliance, legal and finance sectors, all who will be instrumental in the initial start-up phases in Ireland. This, coupled with a steady level of growth across both financial services and certain commercial sectors, has dominated the majority of recruitment processes in the market for the first half of the year. 

We expect the remainder of 2018 to continue in a similar vein, with increasingly streamlined recruitment processes to reduce time-to-hire, greater focus on employer branding, staff attraction methodologies and cultural shifts on traditional benefits packages to include remote working and flexible working hours

I hope these updates are a helpful tool for you and if you have any questions about the content please do not hesitate to contact me or one of my specialist colleagues.

Louise Campbell
Managing Director, Robert Walters Ireland

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