Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA), the global advisor on staffing and workforce solutions, has unveiled its 2017 list of the 100 most influential European staffing leaders, and Sigmar Recruitment’s COO, the current National Recruitment Federation President- Frank Farrelly has been named on the list. In its fifth year, the list recognises a diverse group of individuals and lauds them for their role in taking the staffing industry forward. Comprising of both men and women from across the industry, SIA compiles the list based on the impact and influence individuals have had on the workforce solutions ecosystem, be it through growth, vision, innovation or legislation during the past year. This list is not a ranking but rather a call out to those whose leadership is making a difference. “To be named amongst such internationally highly regarded names in the industry on this enormously prestigious list, I am of course hugely proud and very happy,” comments Farrelly. “Ireland deserves the recognition it is finally getting as perhaps one of the strongest countries in Europe, if not globally for business leadership. The opportunities and potential for further growth and leadership are exponential. The current strong economic business environment coupled with the opportunities created by the imminent exit of the UK from the European market makes Ireland one of the strongest players in the market.” “Kudos to the 2017 Staffing 100 Europe as they navigate the world of work through rapid shifts in the marketplace,” says Subadhra Sriram, Publisher & Editor, SIA. “Not only are they leading the charge effectively but are elevating the industry in the process of helping shape work globally. This list includes those who have helped shape the development of a market estimated to be worth approximately US $168 billion.” This year’s honorees reflect the diversity of European staffing markets, with representation across cultures and geographies, as well as advancing gender diversity. Fifteen women were named in the 2017 list, up from 13 last year. About Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) Founded in 1989, SIA is the global advisor on staffing and workforce solutions. Their proprietary research covers all categories of employed and non-employed work including temporary staffing, independent contracting and other types of contingent labor. SIA’s independent and objective analysis provides insights into the services and suppliers operating in the workforce solutions ecosystem including staffing firms, managed service providers, recruitment process outsourcers, payrolling/compliance firms and talent acquisition technology specialists such as vendor management systems, online staffing platforms, crowdsourcing and online work services. We also provide training and accreditation with their unique Certified Contingent Workforce Professional (CCWP) program. Known for their award-winning content, data, support tools, publications, executive conferences and events, they help both suppliers and buyers of workforce solutions make better-informed decisions that improve business results and minimize risks. As a division of the international business media company, Crain Communications Inc., SIA is headquartered in Mountain View, California, with offices in London, England. About Frank Farrelly Frank Farrelly is COO and co-founder of Sigmar Recruitment, leading a team of more than 120 recruitment professionals nationwide. Over the last seven years, Farrelly has been a committee member, treasurer, VP and secretary for the National Recruitment Federation in Ireland and was elected NRF president in 2016. He was part of the NRF team that lobbied the government on the Agency Workers Act, Zero Hours Contracts and ‘If & When’ contracts. Farrelly recently led NRF’s efforts that secured the hosting of the 2018 World Employment Conference in Ireland. Farrelly was nonexecutive director for The People Group from 2005 to 2009; he currently sits on the external interview panel for the MBA programme at Dublin City University and has delivered courses for The Ryan Academy and The Smurfit Business School. Media Contact Mairéad Nic Giolla Phádraig – 086 3675602 Frank Farrelly is available for media comment or interview.
Over the last 9-12 months, GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) has been the acronym on everyone’s minds. The new legislation which comes into effect in May 2018 has caused a stir in the business world with serious potential repercussions hanging over people’s heads. As can often be the case with new legislation, an element of fear currently rules the land. This is certainly understandable as €20,000,000 or 4% of your global annual turnover is a seismic fine and one which can truly damage your business both financially and reputationally. This is where having the right people and the right structures in place will be critical. Staffing and recruiting will play a crucial role in GDPR as the need for Data Protection Officers and Privacy & Data Specialists come in huge demand. Where GDPR has instilled fear in people and businesses alike, it will be crucial for those tasked with understanding the new regulations to communicate the right information to their colleagues. Information is key and making sure that all employees in a business understand their role in the company and how they potentially affect GDPR legislation is imperative. All steps to Information Security will have to be adhered to and achieving a buy-in from your staff will be critical in keeping any sensitive information air tight. The key thing to take from this new legislation is that this is a standard your business must keep permanently. There is no step by step process which means you are compliant with GDPR regulation and your work is now done. This is a day in, day out security level which all businesses must meet 24/7. This means that DPO’s and members of the data protection team will be tasked with creating clear and efficient structures for a business to run efficiently while remaining compliant with GDPR. The collaboration with the InfoSec team will be essential in order to be up to date with any potential threats or worst case scenario, to report a breach. Hiring the right people in any position is a huge responsibility but in the case of GDPR specific roles, the right staff can be half the battle. Ensuring that information is presented to a business calmly and clearly and that a simple and effective roadmap is in place will allow a business to meet their new legislative requirements. While the punishments in place for failure to comply with this legislation can stir up fear and paranoia, companies who invest in the right people and get organised early in the game will find themselves in very good stead to being GDPR ready. Conor McHugh is a Recruitment Consultant with the IT team in Dublin. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Tel: +353 1 4744622
Congratulations to Sigmar’s Chief Operating Officer Frank Farrelly who has been re-elected as President of the National Recruitment Federation (NRF). The National Recruitment Federation is a voluntary organisation set up to establish and improve standards and codes of practice for the Recruitment Industry in Ireland. Representing recruitment agencies throughout the country, NRF Members aim to communicate their commitment to providing quality service by agreeing to abide by a strict Code of Conduct. Founded in 1971, the NRF seeks to provide its members with the best possible service in terms of support, communication, advice sharing and problem-solving and in doing so to promote professional competence within the industry. As part of this mission the NRF has inaugurated a formal education programme in Recruitment Practice to ensure all new entrants to the industry have a solid ground in legislation, customer service operations and sales to equip the graduates of the programme with the tools and knowledge to provide a quality service to Clients and Candidates alike. Over the last 40 years the Recruitment Industry has changed beyond all recognition, the introduction of job boards and social recruitment have all presented challenges to the fundamentals of how the industry operates. The NRF has supported its members through the adoption of all these new tools each of which have revolutionised the industry in its own way. One of the key roles of the NRF it to promote excellence in recruitment by ensuring all member organisations comply with the NRF’s Code of Conduct which ensures NRF Members deliver a professional service to job seekers. The NRF also acts as the voice of the industry lobbying at National and European level in relation to legislate changes that impact on the NRF’s members. This is Frank’s second year as NRF President and no doubt it will be another fantastic year!
Sigmar Recruitment is today the first class to complete an educational programme designed and executed by Trinity College Dublin in collaboration with the University of Notre Dame. This is the first time that Ireland’s premier university and the number 1 ranking in Bloomberg’s Businessweek’s Best Undergraduate Business Schools have teamed up, offering the first half of the course at the Trinity campus in Dublin City centre and the remainder at the Notre Dame campus in Kylemore Abbey in Galway. The programme undertaken by Sigmar Recruitment was the Executive Leadership Programme, a programme programme designed to enhance leadership capability and accelerate growth trajectory. “The Stayer Center for Executive Education at the University of Notre Dame is very pleased to be able to design and conduct a bespoke programme for Sigmar Recruitment Consulting Limited at historic Kylemore Abbey,” says Paul Slaggert, Director of the Stayer Center. “This is our first custom programme in Ireland and we are honoured to partner with Sigmar on its design and delivery. The programme will assist the executive team at Sigmar further develop their leadership depth and capabilities It builds on and extends work they have already completed with Trinity College. This unique partnership allows all three organisations to combine to deliver a unique programme with both immediate and lasting impact.” “Leadership has become a vital element to our continued success at both home and abroad so it seems only natural that we would choose the leading universities in both Ireland and the US to benefit from the most cutting edge education available,” says Sigmar Recruitment COO Robert Mac Giolla Phádraig. “We are of course delighted and honoured to partner with the University of Notre Dame and Trinity College in participating in this unique Executive Leadership Programme – the first of its kind in Europe. This programme sees the first executive education programme in Notre Dame Global Center at Kylemore with a unique transatlantic twist. We believe that undertaking this prestigious course will further consolidate our position as one of the most respected and progressive recruitment agencies in Europe.” About Notre Dame in Ireland The Kylemore Abbey Global Centre works closely with the Dublin Global Gateway to dynamically broaden Notre Dame’s engagement within Ireland and foster international connectivity, serving as a conduit between campus and the wider European and American university network. Programme activities at Kylemore are comprised of courses, retreats, and cultural opportunities that enliven students’ experience and enhance Notre Dame’s mission in Ireland. The focus is on academic excellence, faith formation via connectivity and partnership with the Benedictine community at Kylemore, and community outreach. In addition to Kylemore Abbey, the University of Notre Dame has several major initiatives in Ireland. Nestled in the heart of Georgian Dublin, the Dublin Global Gateway hosts academic programs and summer internships for both undergraduate and graduate students. Modern facilities make this Gateway—also known as the Keough-Naughton Notre Dame Center and the O’Connell House—an ideal location for scholarly conferences and special events of up to 80 participants. Notre Dame has agreed to steward Newman University Church in Dublin, and to found there the Notre Dame–Newman Center for Faith and Reason. Built by the then-rector of University College Dublin, Blessed John Henry Newman, the church opened in 1856 and has since been an iconic landmark in Dublin’s city centre and a testament to the harmony of faith and reason.