en

Services

Ireland's leading employers trust us to deliver fast, efficient hiring solutions that are tailored to their exact requirements. Browse our range of bespoke services and resources.

Read more
Jobs

Let our industry specialists listen to your aspirations and present your story to the most esteemed organisations in Ireland, as we collaborate to write the next chapter of your successful career.

See all jobs
Services

Ireland's leading employers trust us to deliver fast, efficient hiring solutions that are tailored to their exact requirements. Browse our range of bespoke services and resources.

Read more
About Robert Walters Ireland

Since our establishment 25 years ago, our belief remains the same: Building strong relationships with people is vital in a successful partnership.

Learn more

Work for us

Our people are the difference. Hear stories from our people to learn more about a career at Robert Walters Ireland

Learn more

53% of Irish professionals want to contract

Employer attitudes towards contract workers has changed dramatically over the past years in Ireland. Traditionally, contractors were utilised for projects, long term sickness and maternity cover or to bypass headcount restrictions, but as the quality of professionals in the market improves, employers are seeing the value that contractors can bring to their businesses. With Ireland reaching full employment and companies competing for talent, many employers are turning to contract options as a solution to ease their increasing workloads and skills shortages.

Suzanne Feeney, Country Manager of Robert Walters Ireland said:
“We have seen companies shift towards contract hiring as a solution to overcome the candidate shortage in Ireland. There has been an increase in the amount of contracts with a view to go permanent as employers and employees both see it as an opportunity to determine if it is a good fit.” 

The increased demand for contractors has come at a good time, as more than half of professionals in Ireland are open to contract opportunities. One of the main drivers for this growth in contracting is the benefits available to professionals. Two thirds of candidates are using contracting as a way to improve their skill sets and more than half say that they would take on contract roles for an increase in remuneration and better work/life balance than what permanent opportunities can offer.

However, some professionals are still slightly hesitant to contract, with less than half not willing to pursue contract roles due to their fear of long-term job instability.

Suzanne continues:
“With candidates recognising the benefits of what contract roles can offer them, we will continue to see the candidate perception surrounding contracting change. With higher salaries, better work life balance and the ability to up skill quicker, professionals will open themselves up to more opportunities in the Irish market.”

 

Share this article

Related content

Salary Survey
Get in touch

Find out more by contacting one of our specialist recruitment consultants

Related content

View all

Over half of professionals think employers should be doing more to help with workforce wellbeing

Over half of Irish professionals think employers should be doing more to help with workforce wellbeing 55% professionals think employers should be doing more to preserve employee wellbeing 70% professionals now expect more from employers in this space 58% of managers feel employees are more outspoke

Read More

Over half of Irish employers are struggling to attract and retain talent

Over half of Irish employers are struggling to attract and retain talent – 42% blame high salary expectations 57% of Irish employers are struggling to attract and retain staff this year 42% blaming too high salary expectations. Other factors include high competition for talent (38%) and lack of dive

Read More

Ireland’s Motherhood Penalty: Two thirds of working-mothers claim their promotions at work have been blocked

Workplaces across Ireland aren’t providing working mothers with the support packages, pay-rises and promotions they need – according to a new survey of 2,000 professionals. 3x the number of fathers in professional roles earn €87,517k+ compared to mothers Twice as many fathers in professional roles e

Read More

I'm Robert Walters Are you?

Come join our global team of creative thinkers, problem solvers and game changers. We offer accelerated career progression, a dynamic culture and expert training.