The Talent Summit

National Employment Week 2016 – Videos From The Talent Summit

The Talent Summit

Here are the full videos from each session of the Talent Summit 2016 which was held in the Mansion House in Dublin.


Building a Culture with Purpose 


Patty McCord, former Chief Talent Officer at Netflix in conversation with Robert Mac Giolla Phádraig, CCO at Sigmar Recruitment.


Values Based Leadership 


Speakers included; Brian Cody, Manager, Kilkenny Hurling Team; Cliff Taylor, Business Editor, The Irish Times; Dr. Robert Mauro, Director, Global Leadership Institute at Boston College; Cathriona Hallahan, Managing Director, Microsoft Ireland; Michael Flynn, Assistant Professor & Director of Trinity MBA Programme, Trinity College.


Employer Engagement


Speakers included; Sarah Marrs, Employee Engagement Expert, Qualtrics; Patricia DuChene, Director of International Sales, Wrike; Darragh Curran, VP of Engineering, Intercom; Eileen O’Mara, Senior Area Vice-President, Salesforce; Rossa Mullally, Associate Director, Sigmar Recruitment.



Speakers included; Adam Harris, Founder, As I Am; Margot Slattery, Managing Director, Sodexo Ireland; Kristen Doran, Senior Human Resources Business Partner, SAP; Ingrid Devin, EMEA Diversity and Inclusion Lead, Dell; Marina Morrissey, Operations Manager, Sigmar Managed Services.


Employer Branding

Speakers included; Andrea Bertone, President of Europe, Monster; Lauren Wright, Director of EMEA, Glassdoor; Geraldine Finn, Head of Recruitment EMEA, Twitter; James Sherrett, Accounts and Marketing Lead, Slack; Robert Mac Giolla Phádraig, CCO, Sigmar Re


The Future World of Work

Speakers included; Holly Fawcett, Curriculum Development Director, Social Talent; John Nurthen, Executive Director of Global Research, Staffing Industry Analysts; Sean McDonagh, Managing Partner, Dalríada Executive Search & Selection; David Head, Managing Director, Recruitment International; Frank Farrelly, COO, Sigmar Recruitment.

Posted by Jamie Harnett, Associate Director Marketing & People Engagement on 7 December 2017

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Irish jobs market reaches 20-year high, as office re-entry drives unprecedented levels of recruitment activity

Irish jobs market reaches 20-year high, as office re-entry drives unprecedented levels of recruitment activity

Sigmar Recruitment today reports a record high number of job placements over April, May, and June 2021. The number of placements during this period is higher than any other quarter in the recruitment company’s 20-year history. Current figures are up 6% on the previous record set in 2019 before the pandemic. As one of the largest recruiters in Ireland, Sigmar has offices across the country and is present in all professional sectors. The first half of the year saw strong, consistent growth with job placements breaking all records in the month of May, with June accounting for the second-highest month ever. Commenting on the rebound of the labour market, Sigmar founding Director, Robert Mac Giolla Phádraig says: “The jobs market in Ireland has never been stronger or more buoyant than it currently is. We’re seeing several macro trends converge all at once, which is creating significant churn in the market. Remote working has literally opened up a world of new opportunities no longer bound by location. This is coupled with a rising tide of consumer confidence, as many professionals find themselves in a stronger financial position than before the pandemic. “The last 18 months has asked big questions of us all, and the humdrum of lockdown has created a desire for change which is now resulting in unprecedented numbers of people moving jobs. Employee loyalty is increasingly under question, with remote work being less enjoyable, many workers are now committed to the experience of work over the employer, adding further to the current levels of churn.” IT accounted for one-third of all job placements throughout the quarter, followed in order by Financial Services, Sales & Marketing, Accountancy, Life Science & Manufacturing, Office Support, Public Sector, Construction, Professional Services. Business confidence has also grown steadily over the course of the year, as vaccination gathered momentum. The “low-touch economy” is booming is sectors such as e-commerce, digital, and logistics. Says Mac Giolla Phádraig: “The resurgence of permanent recruitment is somewhat unique to how we’ve rebounded from previous downturns, where we typically saw flexible work return quicker.” Although the vast majority of job placement in Q2 were understandably remote, Sigmar reports that the tide is beginning to change with the majority of employers now committing to hybrid work over the coming three months. Mac Giolla Phádraig advises: “As we now choose our workplaces, at a time when the power dynamic has shifted to the employee, employers need to ensure adequate work practices to reconnect the workforce with the workplace equitably. There is an inherent risk that new workforce inequities may emerge, such as “proximity bias”, where those closest to the centre of influence get greater recognition and therefore promotion opportunities as opposed to remote workers. When it comes to individual contribution the opposite could be argued that remote workers get the benefit of having less in-office distractions and their output is therefore greater.” Mac Giolla Phádraig likens remote work to long-distance relationships, which in many cases don’t work out. “We’ve gone from “living” with our employees in an office environment to long-distance relationships, which often sees commitment recede over time. The context of location also opens up new experiences and possibilities, which are now being explored on a scale never before seen.” He adds, “if we thought the war for talent was tough, just wait for the battle of attrition. It’s now emerging as the number one challenge for businesses across the globe.”