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I really enjoyed the conversation that I had with some fellow recruiters at the IrishRecruiters Tweet-Up in Dublin last night. For the first time in 2 years there was an overwhelming sense that the market has turned and that this reversal of fortunes was not just a blip but is here to stay. Over a few drinks in Ely in Grand Canal Square last night, fellow IT, Accountancy, Financial, Sales and Technical recruiters were consistently telling a tale of a surge of new jobs coming in from clients over the last 4 to 6 weeks. All of these agencies, most of them very well established international and Irish names, are all looking for new staff. Those “in the know” told how most of the large tech-multinationals are also desperately trying to hire new in-house recruiters.
So it would appear that the Irish recruitment market may have finally reached the Tipping Point towards recovery. What I found most interesting was the fact that recruiters are making placements from these vacancies. The danger of a surge of orders is that they often fail to translate into placements, as has been the case on several occasions for Irish Recruiters in the last 12 months but this latest surge seems to be translating into bankable business, which is good for recruiters, good for candidates and good for the economy in general.
So as we in Ireland head into the August bank holiday weekend, usually one of the quietest times of the year for recruiters, let’s hope we’re seeing the green shoots that have been so often spoken about since the walls came tumbling down 2 years ago. The Tipping Point? Here’s hoping so.