The recruitment market in Ireland for supply chain and procurement professionals continued to increase in the first half of 2016. Consumer demand increased as the economy continued to improve and the industries that showed the most activity continued to be pharmaceutical, food and manufacturing. We witnessed a small increase in activity within SMEs as they look to add to their existing headcount.
Within supply chain, there was most demand for supply & demand planners, supply chain analysts, and operations and logistics specialists. Buyers, procurement specialists and purchasing managers were in high demand within procurement. Those with SAP skills were highly sought after as preference was given to those with ERP experience. These positions were predominantly at mid to executive level.
The recruitment market in engineering professionals continued to increase in 2016. Manufacturing output remained positive and demand for engineers with mechanical, electrical and automation backgrounds steadily increased. Engineering requirements within the civil and utilities sectors also increased, particularly within the water and energy sectors. A lot of this demand has been met by candidates returning to Ireland from overseas.
The market is very much candidate driven at present; this has resulted in employers increasing salary packages in order to retain existing staff and attract new candidates.
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