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Sigmar launches National Employment Week 2016

Sigmar Recruitment has launched National Employment Week (NEW) 2016, which will take place from 29th February to 4th March. Deputy prime minister, Joan Burton, helped to officially launch the event.


NEW is now in its sixth year and this year it is expected to draw over 1,000 talent leaders to three Talent Summits in Dublin, Cork and Galway. Founded by Robert Mac Giolla Phádraig, CCO of Sigmar Recruitment, NEW is a non-for-profit initiative to help stimulate employment that has seen unemployment rates fall from 15.1% to 8.6%.

Mac Giolla Phádraig commented, “As the war for talent intensifies, the National Talent Summit 2016 will look at the central pillars required to attract and retain talent through a central theme of creating a Culture with Purpose.

“We believe that the question of why people do what they do transcends generations at work and different ways of working, and is emerging as the fundamental competitive advantage to attract and retain the best.”

“With an international focus on best practice, this year we have a lineup of over 40 contributors with 12 international speakers from the US, Canada, UK and across Europe. We look forward to sharing global Irish innovation and international thought leadership on the above themes and to shine a light on some lesser represented cohorts of talent.”

1. 29th February: Launch in Dublin
2. 1st March: Galway Talent Summit
3. 2nd March: National Talent Summit, Dublin
4. 3rd March: Cork Talent Summit
5. 4th March: Mental Health & Employment Day                                     


Topics that will be covered during the week include diversity - aligning individual values with company vision; the voice of employee - the employer brand of 2016; recruiting for the future world of work; values cased leadership - creating a culture of leadership; engagement in action, retention strategies and mental health & employment.


Patty McCord, ex CTO of Netflix and co-author of Netflix culture code document “Freedom & Reasonability”, is the keynote speaker for the event who will discuss “Building a culture with purpose”. This presentation will focus on how to align generations of talent in the new world of work.


Lead speakers at the event include Adam Harris, founder of AsIAm, Brian Cody, manager of Kilkenny Hurling and Dr Bob Mauro, Head of the Global Leadership Institute, Boston College.

Contributors at the event are Microsoft, Dell, SAP, Sodexo,, Social Talent, Slack, Glassdoor, Trinity College, Qualtrics, Intercom, Cut-e, Tyco, Hortonworks, Malwarebytes, Wrike

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