Ireland’s impressive economic revival continues to gather pace, driven by further growth in the labour market and an uplift in private investments.
A significant positive development is the rising employment across the country. Even the west, where recovery has lagged behind the rest of the county, is registering robust job growth, with 5,100 new jobs on the market over the past 12 months.
Growth is also very evident within our accountancy firms, who are concentrating on exploiting our economic revival as much as possible. There are great opportunities to help clients capitalise on indigenous and international business opportunities, and practice accountants are working hard under the radar to add real value by making informed decisions. This has led to increased demand for commercially astute accountants who have strong business acumen and are able to work with clients in a consultative capacity.
Intense competition for candidates
The increasing complexity of reporting standards in Ireland, coupled with changes to audit requirements, has put additional pressure on small to medium sized practices. They currently face intense competition to secure technically strong, well trained accountants in a market where public practice firms are paying a premium to secure suitably qualified candidates.
Clear career paths for practice professionals
For those who decide to stay in practice in Ireland, career paths tend to be well defined and reasonably transparent. In order to attract and retain the best people, progressive practices are enhancing their benefits packages as well as focusing more on delivering effective CPD, providing a high level of client exposure and helping staff develop business acumen.
As the role of the practice accountant evolves from a mainly statutory reporting position into a more consultative role, those at manager level and above are enjoying fulfilling careers where they are able to add tangible, measurable value to clients whilst also driving the growth of their practice.
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According to the Economic Survey of Ireland, released by the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) in Feb 2020: The country is well positioned to take advantage of the opportunities presented by technological change, though there are various challenges that need to be carefully navigated. ” This outlook is positive, and my initial thought is we will certainly put the above to the test!While I appreciate that large swathes of the domestic market have been extremely challenged, I have been pleasantly surprised and impressed by how well the professional labour market has adapted to the changing workforce landscape in Ireland. Embracing working from home, increased productivity and looking for genuine growth opportunities are all the hallmarks of a functioning and performing economy.Since September 2020, there has been very encouraging signs across certain sectors here in Ireland, namely Tech, ICT, pharma and consulting, as well as the bellwethers of this pandemic – FMCG, logistics and online retail. Our job opportunity statistics are indicating that there is pent up demand in terms of hiring strong finance, consulting and technology professionals, with companies keen to “get a move on”.There is however, a continued lack of available professionals, which is unusual in a recession or as David McWilliams of The Irish Times has coined it - “pandession”. With the above in mind, there is ample opportunity for those with specific skill sets across finance, consulting and technology in the Irish market, where there is the reluctance to move roles in the current economic climate, and understandably so.As the advent of Brexit draws ever closer, those across the British isles may find exactly what they are seeking in Ireland as the Irish Protocol predicts a rebounding economy in 2021/2022. Relocating or returning to Ireland is already proving an attractive option for international and UK professionals living in a post pandemic and post Brexit Britain!For further updates on the Irish market feel free to get in touch with myself, or visit the Marks Sattin Ireland homepage to browse opportunities in Ireland.
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Even though it appears that the world has turned on its head right now, surprisingly we have seen an increase in the number of professionals who have decided now is the time to make a move. Why now!? … well along with all the other changes lately, candidates are experiencing a range of changes to their roles, and for some, the negatives are outweighing the positives. In order to ascertain whether a candidate is ready to move, I have look for the five P’s in my conversations. What are these five P’s I hear you say?, (or maybe not, and lockdown is getting to me already!):Payment – It’s usually the first reason I get from a person looking for a new role, but the truth of it is that although payment or feeling you are being paid fairly is important, it’s only ever part of the reason you look to change your job. There is more to life than money and being in a very well paid job that you hate will never last! With people currently working from home and saving on travel, lunches and the extortionate amount of coffee we purchase – payment is only ever part of the puzzle! I regularly speak to candidates who are being paid up to 20% below the market average salary and when I ask them about making a move and tell them the disparity, they often respond with, ‘but I’m happy in my job’. This might sound crazy to some, but another ‘p’ is priorities, and everyone’s are different! People – Now, more than ever, people’s relationships with their colleagues are being tested. But not how you might think - I have spoken to professionals who are no longer searching for their new role to escape interpersonal challenges at the office, because rather than sitting beside someone for eight hours a day, it’s now virtual meetings a couple of times a week! Similarly, I have other candidates who were staying in roles just because they had very strong relationships with their colleagues, and that was the most positive aspect of their working day. Plateau – Growth is important and feeling like you are learning and growing year on year is an integral part of your career happiness. However, if this doesn’t go hand in hand with at least some of my other ‘P’s’, it’s unlikely that you will see a professional leave when they have hit the glass ceiling in a company they love working for. Often these candidates will actively seek out other opportunities for growth within their organisation. Sometimes candidates will give lack of progression as the reason when in fact they are unhappy with other aspects of their role. Place – Location and commuting are less relevant at the moment than ever before. Having to battle the traffic on the stairs in the morning is the most many of us have been doing recently. However, one consideration under this point at the moment is - has your employer made your ‘place’ any better for you? I spoke to a candidate recently and part of their reason for wanting to make a move was because their company did not provide them with a monitor to work from home comfortably. A monitor is a relatively small thing, but it helped the employee to work more efficiently. This was the last straw for them and gave them the drive they needed to look for a new role. I have also spoken to candidates who have praised their companies for sending a desk, supplies, treats and anything to make their working from home life better. These acts of kindness by employers are earning loyalty points with employees. " Praise – People who feel appreciated by their colleagues and managers for the work they do generally work harder to continue this circle of praise. It’s human nature to seek positive reinforcement that we are good at our job and really appreciated for the work we do.So what can we take from this? That you can be well paid and feel you are developing within a company, and still be motivated to move. Similarly we can have great work colleagues and feel valued in our role, and still seek something more in our careers. However, in my opinion and experience, if your job ticks most of the P’s then are you really looking for a new job, or just testing the waters?I think we will see an even bigger focus on being content at work going forward, because although our work life balance might be a bit better these days, our job is still a big part of our lives. I would be very interested to hear if you think there are other strong motivators that drive professionals to leave, or stay in a role?
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2020 has been an unexpected year across the world, and it has been crucial to monitor and deal with all the effects of the Covid pandemic in business and in our personal lives. Amidst this crisis we have also had the uncertainty surrounding Brexit looming over us, which has left many businesses trying to deal with the immediate challenges to society and the economy at large. The effects of both have been felt, and we can see this within the jobs market. As experts within specialist markets we have been privy to fluctuations within specific industries. Below are some of our observations across the market.Custom and duties tax specialists We have seen an increase in activity and growth across custom and duties tax specialists for large import/export FTSE businesses. Particularly businesses are looking for candidates on an interim basis to make sure effective processes and controls are implemented. This is an evolving space and once we have further clarity we expect demand to increase. In the last 6 months, we’ve seen an increase in recruitment activity from businesses in industries such as food manufacturing and FMCG that have had an increased demand for their products on the back of lockdown. In addition to this, businesses that do a significant amount of importing and exporting see customs and duty as a key area of focus with Brexit looming, and we have advised and recruited for several clients who have required specialist knowledge. This is a niche skill set that can be provided at premium rates by consultancy firms, but there is a recent trend to bring this expertise in house. The cost of doing this would be in the region of £40-50k for a perm hire and c£250 per day for a temp hire - watch this space if you're a candidate within this market. Audit and riskAudit and risk have also experienced an increase in resource on both the temporary and permanent markets. As organisations seek to learn effectiveness lessons from the crisis they require resource to conduct and undertake Covid specific reviews. In addition, the offering of flexible working arrangements also provides a great opportunity to test network capabilities as well as controls across user access, disaster recovery, business continuity, as well as high level IT controls testing to ensure remote working does not compromise the risk appetite of the business. Start ups Over the past 6-12 months we have also undertaken a number of start up engagements, helping businesses recruit permanent heads of department to develop strategy internally. This is a trend we expect to continue as businesses look to cut spend on consultancy fees and take ownership of these disciplines, ensuring a consistent level of quality and cost efficiency. To view more of our live roles, visit our job search page.