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Sigmar Recruitment reveals skills in demand by Irish employers in 2017

Sigmar Recruitment has unveiled the Top 10 skills in demand by Irish employers in 2017.

Demand for talent grew by 26% across all sectors throughout 2016 despite the uncertainly around the Brexit referendum and US presidential election. Demand for talent peaked in November, the highest monthly demand Sigmar has seen in its 15 year history. This trend mirrors the fall in the unemployment rate, which fell to a post-crash low of 7.2% in December (Central Statistics Office), a 23% YOY decline. Demand for 2017 is again very strong, particularly in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) related disciplines across financial services, technology and life sciences sectors in particular. Early indicators suggest demand could increase by as much as 16% in 2017.

Top 10 skills in demand:

  1. Software development (Scala/Java)
  2. Software sales
  3. Data analytics (all industries)
  4. DevOps engineering
  5. Financial accounting
  6. Engineering (mechanical/electrical/process/project)
  7. Funds administration (accounting/transfer agency/Projects)
  8. Digital marketing
  9. HR/recruitment
  1. Financial and risk analytics

 Robert Mac Giolla Phádraig (pictured), CCO of Sigmar Recruitment, commented, “While demand for STEM talent has continued to grow in recent years, what’s particularly interesting about demand in 2017 is that many key skills being sought are operational drivers of growth. Demand for sales and marketing talent signals clear intent to acquire more customers, while demand for internal recruiters amplifies the continued demand for talent amongst mid-sized employers. Many of the financial accounting roles are in areas of commercial accounting, financial planning and analytics which are lead indicators of capacity planning and investment which in turn feed into the cycle of growth.”

Commenting on the impact of Brexit, Mac Giolla Phádraig added, “We also saw solid increase in demand for financial services talent in the second half of 2016 which will continue into 2017 as Brexit impacts demand further. While we have a strong supply of domestic talent and expats relocating, we anticipate a continued flow of talent from mainland Europe while attracting more international talent from the UK as Brexit unfolds.”

The report was compiled on January 9th 2017 and reflects the volume of open vacancies amongst private sector employers in Ireland across all industries.

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