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Covid 19

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As the current COVID-19 situation develops, our key priority is looking after our Temporary & Contract workers, Staff, Candidates and Clients. If you have general queries regarding COVID-19 please visit the HSE website https://www.hse.ie for the latest information.

 

For information on potential sick pay entitlements please visit https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/99104a-covid-19-coronavirus/

 

We continue to monitor the situation carefully and will communicate any client-specific information to our Temp & Contract workers and Candidates as it becomes available to us.

 

 

We're still open, we're just working from home

For the protection of our staff, clients and candidates, our offices will be temporarily closed.  Staff will be working remotely and  conducting all meetings and interviews online to continue to find top talent for our clients and support jobseekers in their search for their perfect role.

Our thoughts are with our clients, candidates, staff and community and their families during this time.

 

 

Do you need Urgent COVID-19 Temp Cover?

in this challenging time we can support our clients balance business continuity and business flexibility, through providing short term resources. 

  • We can provide temps (vetted where needed) qualified and available across Retail, Healthcare & Logistics and all sectors.  
  • Our pool of temp candidates are pre-screened, registered and ready to fill-in for a variety of positions and durations.
  • We have 150 recruiters in Ireland adding to our database of temps every day.
  • A full admin and payroll team, working around the clock to ensure a seamless on-boarding process for all temp hires ensuring full legal compliance, prompt weekly payroll plus an online time sheet process.
  • Expedited Garda Vetting (1-2 days expected turnaround time) for any healthcare worker who is hired to assist with the Covid-19 outbreak.
     

For further information on hiring temporary/contract staff please contact Barry Rudden on + 353 1 4744612 or email brudden@sigmar.ie

 

Posted by Barry Rudden on 17 March 2020

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