News that Hays is hiring 60 people to satisfy growing demand in the Irish employment scene is yet more proof that the IT and tech industry is still booming.
The recruiter already employs 100 people in Ireland, so this 60pc increase of its workforce shows just how much strain is being put on the company by the constant surge in professional positions becoming available.
“I think it’s across all our areas really,” explained Hays' MD Richard Eardley. “We’ve seen a pretty dramatic upturn in positions listed at Hays. And if we project ahead accordingly, we’re going to need more bodies.”
As far as indicators go, when recruiters are on a major hiring buzz, the jobs market is looking pretty healthy. Similarly this morning we reported on an employment monitor in Ireland that showed a spike in HR roles becoming available, yet another indicator that positions are being filled all over the professional jobs industry.
“It’s interesting to see the types of HR people being hired,” said Eardley. “A few years ago it was people with change management skills and the likes. So people who could come in and help you scale down your operations, downsize. Now it’s talent acquisition. It’s completely different.”
IT and tech represent a significant part of Hays’ recruiting portfolio, with an ongoing surge in job availability part of the reason behind the company’s search for a 60pc increase in staff.
Demand is still outstripping supply according to Eardley, with his company’s actual tech and IT roles up 40pc on this time last year: “That’s both across permanent and contract work.”
Hays will hold a special graduate recruitment open evening on Wednesday 22 April in Chartered Accountants House, Pearse Street, Dublin 2 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Prospective candidates will have the opportunity to find out more about a career in recruitment and meet various Hays employees to discover their experiences of working in recruitment.
Hays expects second-half operating profit to be slightly ahead of its first-half level of €112m.
Noelle Brady, associate recruitment consultant; Liam Smyth, manager and Tristan Dent, associate recruitment consultant, at Hays' jobs announcement
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