The Abrivia Recruitment 2015 Salary Survey has revealed key indicators of Ireland’s economic recovery. The data was compiled from a survey of 4,000 companies and 45,000 employees across multiple industry sectors. The key highlights are:-
• 73% of companies hiring in 2015 will be looking for permanent staff
• 22% of employees will consider changing jobs in 2015
• 55% of employers are happy to ‘virtually hire’ in 2015
• 52% of employers do not believe that they will find the staff they need on the live register
• 87% of employers say they are either “likely” or “very likely” to hire in 2015
• 49% of employers are willing to offer sponsorship to non EU candidates
• 74% are considering increasing salaries in 2015 (up from 68% last year). 54% of employers intend paying bonuses for 2014 to reward staff.
• 10-20% variation in salaries between Dublin and elsewhere. Companies in large urban areas now have to match Dublin salaries for some highly skilled roles.
For the full survey, including salary breakdown by role and sector, go to www.abrivia.ie
RISE IN PERMANENT STAFF OPENINGS
Abrivia Recruitment in Leeson Street, Dublin 2 compiled the data from a survey of 4,000 companies and 45,000 employees across a broad range of economic sectors. Donal O’Brien, managing director, Abrivia Recruitment, said “Where companies are uncertain about the economic outlook they generally hire a lot more temporary and contract employees. 87% of the companies that were surveyed plan to hire in 2015 but what is especially significant is that almost three quarters of those roles, 73% in fact, will be on a permanent basis. This is a strong indicator of the way the Irish economy is going.”
BIGGEST DEMAND FOR STAFF
The hardest positions to fill are in IT said 65% of employers. This represents a huge jump on last year, where only 29% reported this issue. This is followed by sales and marketing (26%) legal *(25%), human resources (18%) and accountancy (15%).
Cormac Moore, head of Abrivia IT and Telecoms team, commented, “The demand for specialist IT employees remains a serious issue in the marketplace where it continues to outstrip supply. Where companies cannot find talent it absolutely impacts on their ability to grow, develop and ultimately execute work on behalf of their clients. But this is not just an Irish issue , it’s global one.”
The demand for IT and telecoms staff increased by 31% from the previous year; demand for human resources staff was up 27%, followed by accountancy and finance (up 26%) and office support (up 23%). Donal O’Brien commented, “Support function roles like HR and office support tend to suffer the most in a downtown so it’s always a good sign when companies start increasing their staff numbers in these areas.”
52% of employers do not believe that they will find the staff they need on the live register. Donal O’Brien, managing director, Abrivia Recruitment, commented, “It is true that the longer you are out of work, the more difficult it is to get a job. If there was a two tier economy in Ireland of export led v. domestic, there is also a two-tier jobs economy. There is one where those who are already working are able to get jobs. The other is where those who have found themselves unemployed are finding it harder and harder to get back into the workforce.”
‘VIRTUAL HIRING’ ON THE RISE
55% of employers will now hire people following a video conference call. This includes the use of Skype and other similar technologies. Multinationals lead the way in the use of video conferencing technology because of the international dimension to their operations and consequently their workforce.
SALARY AND OTHER REWARDS
56% of employees surveyed said that their basic salary was the important part of the reward package, followed by work-life balance (flexible working week, working from home, etc) at 21%, bonus (7%) and amount of annual leave (5%).
Over the last number of years most companies either paid very small bonuses or none at all. As a result employees have placed a reduced emphasis on it.
REGIONAL DEBATE – DUBLIN V. ELSEWHERE
• There is a 10% to 20% variation generally between salaries in Dublin and the regions
• There are exceptions to the rule and there are niche/hard to fill roles where candidates have relocated to the regions on the same or higher salaries
• Larger urban areas like Cork, Galway and Waterford are now having to match Dublin salaries for some of their more highly skilled positions (particularly prevalent in the IT, pharmaceutical and accountancy and finance sectors)