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Salary Guide 2019

Salary Guide 2019

Ireland’s unemployment rate of 5.3% has certainly dramatically improved from near 16% in 2012. More people are working in Ireland than ever, which is very positive. The drive to get more business into the regions and outside the main cities is on-going and working. Pressure on housing relative to other major cities, may be overstated but it is in everyone’s interest to balance employment in regional areas. Salary inflation has been increasing in specific areas (IT, legal/compliance, data security, life sciences, banking) and in many cases experienced double digit percentage increases. Ireland is still relatively attractive to mobile European talent, but there has been pressure on salaries because of unprecedented demand. Benefits are increasingly a consideration for applicants, particularly in the technology world where flexible working is becoming the expected norm rather than a differentiating factor. There is no question that the employers who are winning “talent battles” are really looking at their employee experience and also their applicant experience more closely than ever. Effective employer branding was a novelty a few years ago, but now essential in attracting top talent. The good news is that successful employer branding works and ensures salary inflation is not excessive and hiring new talent is controllable Overall, 2019 looks likely to be an interesting year, but as long as we stay competitive and offer some flexibility, Ireland has every reason to believe we can continue to outperform other countries in the war for talent! ​ 2019 Salary Guides for each discipline:​ Accountancy & Finance Banking & Financial Services Construction & Property Services HR Insurance IT Legal & Compliance Manufacturing & Engineering Marketing Multilingual Office Support Sales Software Sales Science & Pharma Supply Chain ​

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How Beyoncé Can Help You Kickstart Your Summer Job Search

How Beyoncé Can Help You Kickstart Your Summer Job Search

Winter has come and gone, and summer is finally upon us. With September typically being the busiest month in recruitment and an onslaught of new roles opening up for applications before autumn, many restless workers start thinking about initiating the job hunt over the summer months. It’s a daunting prospect to say the least, for many. Leaving a familiar workplace and steady salary for the unknown is never a sure bet. Luckily, our good friend Beyoncé is on hand to provide five sure-fire tips to ensure you get your job search off to the best possible start (and be in a good mood while you do so!). What’s It Gonna Be (DANGEROUSLY IN LOVE, 2003) The first question you should ask yourself is exactly what it is you’re looking for by searching for a new job. Is it a change in routine? A desire to try something new? A career change, perhaps? Whatever your reasons, make sure you know exactly what it is you’re looking to gain from the change, as this could well be a question you’re asked in an interview. It’s also important you’re aware of what you want so that you can streamline your applications and ask appropriate questions of your prospective employers to ensure that your move is as smooth and constructive as possible for your career. Hard to Say Goodbye (DREAMGIRLS, 2008) Most people’s first instinct is to immediately start looking for roles outside their current place of work. However, it is often worth considering that there may be opportunities worth exploring internally. If you enjoy working for your company but are looking for more out of your time there, perhaps consider asking around to see if there are any positions opening up in your office, or even other sites, if it’s a large organisation. You’ll find the transition much smoother while still undergoing significant changes in your day-to-day work life. As Queen B sings, it’s “hard to open up that door. You're not sure what you're going for…when you leave your current employer.” (Okay, maybe not that last bit). Upgrade U feat. Jay-Z (B’DAY, 2006) You’ve pinpointed what you want from your next job and that you want to move away from your current company – well done! The next step is to get back to basics and update your CV to suit the new roles you’re applying to. If you’ve been in the same job for a few years, it’s easy to fall out of the habit of doing this, so it might be worth brushing up on some of our top CV mistakes to avoid before you get started. It’s a great idea to revisit and brush up your LinkedIn profile too, particularly if you are applying to roles via the site. It’s easy to forget how important first impressions can be, no matter how experienced you are. So, remember to “Audemars Piguet” your CV and don’t bypass this step! Scared of Lonely (I AM…SASHA FIERCE, 2008) Job searching can be an unnerving experience when you’re doing it on your own. Never fear! You can meet with a consultant to help you through the process. At Sigmar, our consultants are experts in their field and will be ready to help you through the entire process, from application to offer. We’re here to help, so don’t hesitate to get in touch if you, like Bey, are scared of being “the only shadow [you] see along the wall.” Best Thing I Never Had (4, 2011) Sometimes, blessings come in the form of disappointments. If you’re not successful in a job application, don’t be downhearted. The right job will come at the right time, even if it may not feel like it right now. The important thing is not to lose sight of your goals and keep your spirits high. Blast Beyoncé on repeat and never give up! So, these are some ways you can channel the Queen of R&B’s unrelenting energy and determination into your job hunt this summer. Bey herself once said “I am a human being…I don’t have control over every situation” – as mere mortals, how can we possibly expect to either? All you can do is follow the steps listed above, stay organised and motivated and don’t be afraid to reach out for help. Make sure you enjoy the Summertime (feat. P-Diddy) and you’ll be Jumpin Jumpin for joy before you know it.

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3 Reasons Counter Offers Are A Bad Idea

3 Reasons Counter Offers Are A Bad Idea

On my commute home from work, I overheard a woman say to her friend “I don’t want to leave my job, so I plan to get a job offer and that will make my current boss offer me more money”. I know I shouldn’t be eavesdropping, but surely people shouldn’t be applying for jobs with intention of using an offer to leverage more money in their current role? This really caught me by surprise. Do people really go through the rigmarole of job seeking just to use the offer to stay in their current job? I decided to investigate this further to see if it really is a feasible plan. What I discovered was 3 reasons why you definitely shouldn’t follow in that lady’s footsteps. 1. Wrong Attitude – Bad Start From the get go the idea of applying for jobs with the aim of using a job offer to leverage your current pay is just poor judgement at best. If you want more money, you should have an honest conversation with your superior and if the conversation doesn’t go the way you hoped, you should apply for jobs that will offer you the pay you desire (with the intention to accept the job and leave your current role). 2. Burning Bridges Receiving a job offer is significant. The company who offered you the role clearly like you. They’ve taken the time to meet you and learn about your abilities and skills. They want you (over everyone else they interviewed) to join their company and because you have been eager through the recruitment process, they assume you want to join their team as well. This is until you suddenly come back to tell them you have accepted a counter offer. Now they know that you were never interested in their company, you only cared about money. You’ve essentially burned your bridges with this company, which could be damaging later in your career. You never know when your paths may cross again, and it could cause all sorts of friction to your work, not to mention awkward tension. 3. Ending Up In The Wrong Job (Regardless Of Which Offer You Accept) There are two outcomes to this scenario, you accept the counter offer or you don’t get a counter offer, and you must accept the job you’ve been offered. Either way, both are the wrong job for you. Let’s start with the counter offer, your boss is now acutely aware of your interest to jump ship and work somewhere else. Your counter offer may have been your boss’s reaction to the shock of losing you and premeditating the stress of finding a replacement. Once this shock subsides however, your boss will only remember the fact you tried to leave and this could affect you in a number of ways. After realising you might leave, your boss will now focus more attention on developing junior staff, this way if you leave he/she will be more confident in your subordinates. Then when the next promotion comes up you won’t be considered and when there are cut backs, it’ll be you that will feel the brunt of it. The second scenario is that you don’t get a counter offer. After all the effort you made to get your job offer to approach your boss and negotiate more pay, your boss shakes your hand and wishes you the best of luck. I imagine this would be quite devastating, but what’s more devastating is starting a job you never really wanted in the first place. You were job hunting for all the wrong reasons and now you have to start a job that really doesn’t suit you. Essentially, it’s not wise to job hunt to seek a counter offer. It’ll make you look disloyal and money hungry to both your current boss and to the company you applied to. If you want more money from your employer, ask for a pay raise and if you are denied, consider searching for a new job, with the aim to accept an offer and leave. Your goal should never be to receive a counter offer. I just hope the woman I overheard on the train didn’t go through with her plan. It looks to me like this can only go badly. I’m sure it is possible however for a counter offer to work out but to apply for jobs to seek out a counter offer, is not the right approach for climbing your career ladder. Let us know if you have ever accepted a counter offer. Do you think it’s a good approach?

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Spice Up Your Life – Why Not Give Temping a Try?

Spice Up Your Life – Why Not Give Temping a Try?

There are advantages and disadvantages to any job, and temporary contract positions are no exception. Finding work as a temp can be the ideal solution to both career and/or personal requirements, or simply fill in the financial gaps while you search for permanent position. In honour of the Spice Girls’ tour Dublin leg this weekend, here are some of the reasons you should definitely consider temping…with a little help from our favourite 90s girl band! 1. ‘A Day in Your Life’ – Gain New Experiences You've gotta live beyond your limitations, yeah And keep your dreams alive Even though you're feeling this frustration, yeah You've gotta push it all aside You've got to look to the future, yeah Before the future is here Qualifications are all well and good, but proven experience is an invaluable card to play in any permanent job application. If you’re looking to move into a new career, or want to stand out from the crowd in the mind of a hiring manager, it’s impossible to underestimate the importance of practical experience on your CV. You could learn how to use a new technology or software, a different filing system or even how to adapt to diverse personality types. All new experiences are valid and could provide useful fodder for anecdotal answers in interviews and will put you in a great position when you next apply for a permanent role. 2. ‘If U Can’t Dance’ – All About That Flexibility Can't you just feel the groove? Why don't you move? It's easy, can't you see? One of the best advantages of temporary contract work is the flexibility a short term posting offers you. Not having a permanent job (and salary!) can be scary, but there is so much to gain from a shorter stint at a company. If you’re in the process of changing careers, undergoing shifts in your personal life or simply don’t know what to commit to, temping is a great way to earn money and continue building your resume until you find what you’re looking for. 3. ‘Move Ove’r – Speed Is Of The Essence Next phase, next stage, next craze, next wave Let me tell you 'bout a thing, gotta put it to the test It's a celebration, motivation generation next A lengthy recruitment process can be completely draining, as outlined in this Forbes article. The longer it takes for a candidate to progress from interview to offer (or rejection), the more demoralised and underappreciated they can feel. There are no such issues in the temp world. Often temporary positions need to be filled as a matter of urgency, so there’ll be no long, drawn out interview process or extensive waiting period. This works in your favour not only in terms of reducing the anxiety typically induced by the process, but also in that candidates who may not land a permanent position due to lack experience may be successful securing a comparable temporary position. 4. ‘Never Give Up on the Good Times’ – Temping As a Career Never give up on the good times, living it up is a state of mind (Never give it up, never give it up no oh oh) Never give up on the good times, gotta believe in the love you find (Never give it up) For some, temping is a wholly satisfying career choice. The flexibility of contracts and the wide variety of responsibilities, atmospheres and teams you can encounter as a temporary worker are perfect for some workers. Although this is more common in the tech sector, the consulting field offers some benefits that similarly fit well with certain personality types and lifestyle choices. 5. 'Viva Forever’ – Get Paid While You Job Search! Viva forever, I'll be waiting Everlasting, like the sun Live forever, for the moment Ever searching, for the one If you’re between jobs, changing career, or entering the workforce for the first time, temp work provides considerably more financial security than shift work or applying unsuccessfully to permanent positions while unemployed. Although you could be let go without much notice, you’re being paid a regular wage (sometimes more than permanent workers earn!), maintaining a good cash flow, and will only find it easier to land positions once you’ve got experience under your belt. So, if you’re looking for more experience, flexibility, speed or simply a placeholder while you search for a permanent position, temporary contract work could be perfect for you! At Sigmar Recruitment, we place both permanent and temporary workers with companies across Europe. If you are looking for temporary work, don’t hesitate to email your CV to info@sigmar.ie.

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7 Ways to Increase Engagement in Your Company

7 Ways to Increase Engagement in Your Company

Changing the way that employees understand and interact with culture can significantly increase engagement in the workplace. We’ve listed 7 ways to increase engagement among employees through cultural realignment: 1. Talk About Culture Management need to communicate the culture of the company to all stakeholders in order for everyone else to understand what the company believes in. Buy-in from management is essential. 2. Energise Existing Jobs Offer job rotation, job sharing and combine tasks so that staff are not doing the same thing every day. Introducing a new task which will improve abilities or push employees to learn new skills will motivate staff to improve in their role. Forming self-directed teams can help employees feel like they are in control of their jobs and have a say in the company. 3. Hire for Fit When hiring for new staff it is important that companies don’t just hire people with the right skills, without judging if they will fit in with the company culture. An introverted project manager can be detrimental to an IT project so knowing your culture and the culture of the job role you are advertising is paramount. If outsourcing the hiring process to a recruitment company, it is important that the company understands the culture that you are portraying. In a climate where new recruits are hard to keep and are constantly changing jobs for a better company fit, knowing both the culture of the company and the role can save a company time and money 4. Leverage Manager/Employee Relationship Employee satisfaction relies quite closely on the affiliation they have with their manager. Frequent praise and recognition will empower employees to keep up the good work but if managers are too busy to take notice of their team or to spend time talking with them this bond will turn stale, leading to eroded trust and confidence on both sides of the relationship. Taking the time to schedule meetings with team members and keeping note of the work that your team is doing will leverage this relationship allowing a confiding and open connection. 5. Upward Mentoring Mentoring does not always have to be downward. For employees that have been in the company for a longer period of time and understand the inner working of the company they can provide valuable insight that managers may not have thought of before. Fresh eyes can alert companies to newer technologies and more efficient ways of doing jobs so do not discount something until you have tried it 6. Job Referral Bounties Offering rewards for employees finding and placing workers in your company that suit your culture can prove a successful recruitment strategy. Presenting long-term bounties are even better as employees are motivated to help others progress through impromptu coaching and team working. 7. Measure Improvements Send out surveys every two to three months to measure key performance indicators to see if the culture is changing for the better and if people are becoming more engaged. Measuring the profit and productivity levels in the company overtime can also highlight how successful the project is. Conducting six monthly reviews where employee satisfaction rates are measured and bench-marked can show if some employees are lacking culture fit. Having a programme in place to help these employees find their feet can further increase engagement in the company as you are showing staff that you value them.

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10 Ways To Reduce Workplace Stress

10 Ways To Reduce Workplace Stress

We’ve all got responsibilities such as working and building a career, running a household and/or raising children which can all be very overwhelming and lead to lots of stress. Here are 10 things you can do to start feeling better and minimising stress: 1. Identify causes of stress What triggers your stressful feelings? Are they related to your workplace, children and family, friendships, finances or something else? Once you’ve identified the trigger, you can get down to the root of your stress and find the best ways to handle it. 2. Recognize how you deal with stress Are you using unhealthy behaviours to cope with work or life stress? For example are you using sleep deprivation, smoking, consumption of alcohol or junk food as a means of coping? 3. Get a good night’s sleep A lack of sleep can result in an increase in stress as a person will not be able to stay focused at work. Sleep deprivation also impairs our decision making ability as we are unable to think clearly. Getting 8 hours sleep a night will help improve a person’s health as you will be able to stay alert throughout the day. 4. Eat a balanced diet Hectic work schedules leave us short on time to prepare healthy meals for ourselves and people then have a tendency to grab fast foods. However eating a balanced nutritional diet will help you stay healthy and keep your brain alert. Deficiency in food nutrients such as lack of vitamin B in the body can result in depression and irritability. Also when a person is under stress, vitamins C and E may be lost. 5. Exercise When you exercise, your brain produces “feel good” transmitters called endorphins. Producing these endorphins will help you deal with stress healthily as people who exercise regularly have more energy. 6. Stay organized It is an overwhelming feeling to think that there are not enough hours in the day. Therefore it is imperative that you manage your time. Come up with a daily plan and keep a diary to keep yourself on track. 7. Do not procrastinate Work piles up when you keep on delaying tasks. There is no use putting off for tomorrow what can be done today. 8. Don’t take on more than you can handle at work Avoid creating your own stress by over-scheduling and failing to say no when too much is asked. Don’t overpromise, and give yourself time to finish the things you do agree to tackle. Don’t be afraid to ask for help/delegate if you can’t meet all the demands placed on you. 9. Ask for support Accepting a hand from supportive friends and family can help you persevere during stressful times. If you continue to feel overwhelmed by stress, you may want to talk to a psychologist who can help you manage stress. 10. Finally, treat yourself When you accomplish a personal goal or finish a project, do something nice for yourself. Go out for a round of golf with friends or take a weekend break with your family. Treating yourself between tasks can help take the edge off and prepare you for the next challenge.

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Salary Guide 2019

Salary Guide 2019

Ireland’s unemployment rate of 5.3% has certainly dramatically improved from near 16% in 2012. More people are working in Ireland than ever, which is very positive. The drive to get more business into the regions and outside the main cities is on-going and working. Pressure on housing relative to other major cities, may be overstated but it is in everyone’s interest to balance employment in regional areas. Salary inflation has been increasing in specific areas (IT, legal/compliance, data security, life sciences, banking) and in many cases experienced double digit percentage increases. Ireland is still relatively attractive to mobile European talent, but there has been pressure on salaries because of unprecedented demand. Benefits are increasingly a consideration for applicants, particularly in the technology world where flexible working is becoming the expected norm rather than a differentiating factor. There is no question that the employers who are winning “talent battles” are really looking at their employee experience and also their applicant experience more closely than ever. Effective employer branding was a novelty a few years ago, but now essential in attracting top talent. The good news is that successful employer branding works and ensures salary inflation is not excessive and hiring new talent is controllable Overall, 2019 looks likely to be an interesting year, but as long as we stay competitive and offer some flexibility, Ireland has every reason to believe we can continue to outperform other countries in the war for talent! ​ 2019 Salary Guides for each discipline:​ Accountancy & Finance Banking & Financial Services Construction & Property Services HR Insurance IT Legal & Compliance Manufacturing & Engineering Marketing Multilingual Office Support Sales Software Sales Science & Pharma Supply Chain ​

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The Talent Isle

The Talent Isle

There can be no denying that the Irish economy has benefited hugely from foreign direct investment, particularly from the US. The statistics speak for themselves; today there are 700 US companies with Irish operations directly employing 165,000 people. But, the historical economical and political US-Irish relationship works both ways. With Murphys, Kennedys and O’Neills making their presence known in boardrooms the length and breadth of the 50 States, Ireland is well represented in the highest echelons on US soil. Likewise, the statistics on that side of the Atlantic speak for themselves; there are also 700 Irish companies with operations in the US who employ 100,000 US citizens. Recent changes to the political environment in the form of US protectionism has undoubtedly threatened our status as the location of choice for US companies, making up 12.1% of US FDI investment into Europe despite accounting for just 1% of the entire European economy. At a time of green shoots growth in the aftermath of one of the worst recessions the State has known, this hard won reputation in now in jeopardy. Speaking at the Boston College Ireland Business Council symposium, John Harthorne, CEO MassChallenge described protectionism as grabbing the largest slice of the pie. The responsibility of leadership should be to increase the size, not of the slice, but of the pie itself. So, what can business leaders do? Well, of course we can leave it to the Government and State agencies to do their job, or else we can get out there ourselves and deliver the message that Ireland is still a great place to do business. That is exactly what Ireland Gateway to Europe did on Wednesday April 11, 2018, when a delegation of more than 40 Irish business leaders arrived in Washington to deliver the message that Ireland’s trade partnership with the US is stronger than ever, is truly bilateral and that Ireland remains the location of choice for FDI in Europe. Ireland Gateway to Europe met with their US counterparts and political representatives on Capitol Hill with the purpose of strengthening existing business relationships and create new ones. This initiative is a not-for-profit annual trade mission made up of professional advisory firms who travel the US annually to provide a secure resource network for business expansion to help US investment succeed in setting up operations in Ireland. Founded in 2012 as a response to the economic challenges at that time of global recession, Ireland Gateway to Europe is now in its seventh year of US, UK and global trade missions. Ireland has traditionally enjoyed a particularly strong business, cultural and political relationship with the US. However, in light of the recent announcements of trade tariffs, data privacy, immigration and other protectionist policies, our concern is that there may be a perception that Irish-US trade linkages may have subsequently diminished. The fact of the matter is that the transatlantic economy grew stronger, not weaker over the past year, as did Irish -US trade with US exports to Ireland up 9% and imports to Ireland up 6%. While the Washington mission was the focal point of the 2018 trade mission, the second leg of the trip saw the group travel to Boston to engage directly with the US business community at the stateside launch of the transatlantic Boston College Ireland Business Council (BCIBC). Having launched this side of the Atlantic in Dublin last October, the US BCIBC launch took the form of a Global Leadership Symposium where US CEOs met with their Irish counterparts. The event looked at Global Leadership, where a panel of global CEOs discussed how they, as a transatlantic leadership community, can create opportunities against the backdrop of economic challenges. The purpose of the BCIBC is to establish new, and strengthen existing, transatlantic business ties between the two countries, and it is designed to enhance transatlantic business between the US and Ireland through creating connections that allow for entrepreneurial ventures to grow and prosper. The Global Leadership Symposium is one of a series of planned BCIBC CEO Exchange events that will take place twice annually over the coming years, both in Ireland and in the US. The nest event is scheduled for Dublin this coming October. Founded by the Global Leadership Institute, Boston College, and Ireland, Gateway to Europe, and Chaired by Neil Naughton of GlenDimplex, the main aim of the BCIBC is to bring influential business leaders from both communities together once a year in Dublin and in Boston to create one deeply connected transatlantic trade artery. By establishing the BCICB, the tight commercial and social bonds we share with the US can be strengthened and build upon bilaterally, business to business, in spite of any potential external or internal protectionist political policies. It’s widely known that cultural ties between Massachusetts and Ireland are deep but possibly lesser known are the strength of economic ties with 11,000 people employed by Irish companies there and Ireland being the 6th largest exporter from MA. With threats from the uncertainty of the Brexit situation ringing in our ears from the East and murmurings of protectionism coming from the West, Ireland is again in a unique position to act as the economic transatlantic hub. What will the future hold? As it stands nobody knows for certain, but the community of transatlantic business leaders has a collective, critical role to play to ensure the future foundation of business relations is maintained for generations to come. Those business relationships benefit both Ireland and the US. Let’s both grow our slices of the pie by growing the pie itself. Article featured on The Business Post