Through our dealings with clients and candidates, we obtain regular feedback that gives us an indication of the condition of the market as below:
- The market has now recovered with near full employment reported by the CSO. The recovery has been most recognisable within the major cities and surrounding counties with many parts of rural Ireland still experiencing slow employment growth.
- The lack of accommodation within Dublin and its subsequent high cost, is leading job seekers to look outside of the capital, closer to their homes within the commuter belt.
- The increase in economic prosperity has lead to more traffic on our roads. The associated congestion is now a major concern to job seekers as they look to reduce the time spent travelling to and from work.
- There is a recognisable shortage in skills for experienced air, sea and road freight operations clerks as well as experienced multi-modal sales and business development resources with Irish market knowledge. The number of vacancies well outstrips the availability of candidates in the market which is resulting in higher salaries.
- The skills shortage has resulted in the development and rollout of a new Logistics Apprenticeship programme. This is a clear sign that the industry recognises the shortage and has implemented the program to assist with future capacity.
- Clients are now more open to hiring candidates that possess the right personal attributes along with a little market experience. The lack of experienced candidates that exactly match their immediate requirements is now few and far between leaving clients with the realistic option to hire and train.
- The increase in new job seekers arriving in Ireland in a welcome boost to the market. However, employers for the most part, continue to look for an unrestricted hire (no work permit applications), fluent English capability and experience within recognisable employers or industries. Employers appear to be generally looking for available EEA workers with fluent English and who do not have any work permit restriction.
- There is an increase in temporary assignments as temps move from job to job in search of better conditions or permanent employment.
- With regards to talent from non-EEA countries, recent changes in Stamp 1G work concessions for non-EEA graduates of listed third level institutions have increased the availability to work for two years from graduation. Also, the Highly Skilled Eligible Occupations List has been reviewed as of 26th March 2018 and applicants with these skills may apply for Critical Skills Employment Permits.