Cautious Optimism Lifts The Jobs Market

Business Plus Magazine

October 2012

Despite high unemployment, specialist recruitment agencies and head-hunters report buoyancy on the jobs front compared with last year writes Robert O’Brien

Colm Buckley, Managing Director of ‘The People Group’ gives his  opinion on the state of the market

The People Group has been trading steadily throughout 2012. There has been a pickup in the volume of sales and marketing roles we’ve been dealing with throughout the summer, which is a marked difference over the past few difficult years. Business sentiment seems to be somewhat more positive and there are indications of cautious optimism across a range of industries. We have seen a bigger increase in hiring for interim positions that have translated to permanent roles a number of months later.

While we have continued to successfully fulfil assignments in the FMCG and drinks sector, we have also had good success in the technology, services and business-to-business spaces. Digital marketing skills are increasingly in demand and Ireland is behind the UK and the US in this respect.

Most employers we are dealing with are not only only seeking levels of technical skill and experience but also the right attitude and fit for their companies and cultures. For a mid to senior level hire, it is vital that the right type of individual is introduced to the recruiting process.

While we have embraced many of the new social media channels, we continue to maintain our reputation for producing the right results by focusing on the tried-and-tested methods of recruitment. We continue to meet with candidates, where possible, and fully explore their experience, attitude and fit for roles and work cultures we are dealing with on behalf of our client.
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