The 13th annual National Recruitment Federation Awards took place in the Shelbourne Hotel on Friday night, November 29th. Sigmar were delighted to attend and come away with three awards on the night. Best in Practice IT & Telecoms: Sigmar It’s been a big year for our IT Team. After successfully lauching our European IT Recruitment talent hub in Tralee last year, the team were delighted to win "Best in Practice IT & Telecoms" award for the second year in a row. Best Permanent Recruiter of the Year: Julie Valentine Julie Valentine from our Sales recruitment team, scooped up the prestigious 'Permanent Recruitment Consultant of the Year' title, beating off stiff competition in this category. Speaking on Julie’s win, Sigmar CEO, Adie McGennis said; “We are delighted that Julie has been rightly recognised as Top Permanent Recruiter in Ireland. Her talent, innovation and passion for quality service makes her very popular with clients, candidates and colleagues, so this is widely celebrated. Julie is always willing to share insights with other team members across the company, but also with clients, so her relationships across the sector are second to none. She embodies Sigmar’s people centric, client focussed values, and always with good humour and positive outlook. On a personal basis Julie is a pleasure to work with and we all learn from her." NRF Cert RP Graduate of the Year: Shane Mullen The NRF Cert RP Graduate of the Year Award recognises those who have achieved the highest results in the NRF Certificate in Recruitment Practice exams in 2019. Sigmar was thrilled for our Managed Services Public Sector Recruiter, Shane Mullen being recognised for achieving one the highest grades of the 2019 graduates. We were also delighted to have been shortlisted for 5 other awards on the night: - Best in Practice for a Specialism – Public Sector Recruitment - Best CSR - Best in Practice for Sales & Marketing - Contract Recruitment Consultant of the Year – Chris Stewart - Best Large Recruitment Agency Well done to all the nominees and winners and a big thanks to the NRF for a great night!
In an era of digitisation, shifting demographics and corporate citizenship, aligning what truly matters to all cohorts of workers, is critical to accelerating growth. Now, more than ever before, it is crucial for talent leaders to gather to debate and share strategies for how we can adapt, transform and lead to shape the workforce we truly aspire to have.With that, Sigmar Recruitment brough Talent Summit to Eurpoe for the second time this year. After the success of Talent Summit Stockholm, we hosted Talent Summit Berlin on Wednesday 20th November 2019 in the Hilton Berlin. Robert Mac Giolla Phádraig, Founder, Talent Summit gave the opening adress to a delegation of 100 which was followed by a morning of 4 keynote's from speakers from different HR backgrounds. 08.40 am Digital Readiness: How to Assess the Workforce of the Future Anna Wulf, Consultant, Aon Assessment Solutions 09.10 am Targeting Top Talent in Hyper Competitive Market Shaun O'Shea, Head of European Recruitment, Sigmar IT International 09.40 am Onboarding to Perform: Unlocking New Hire Potential Andreas Hoeber, Senior People Operations Specialist 10.10 am Purpose Driven Change: Global Collaboration for the Benefit of Humankind Veronica Marshall, Director, Human Resources, NASA Overall the event was a huge excess. Thank you to all 100 attendees and everyone who was involved in making the event happen. This was our 5th Talent Summit to host this year and we just want to say thank you to everyone who attended, spoke, sponsored and helped to organise all 5 events. We were delighted to bring Talent Summit to Europe this year for the first time and we can't wait to see what 2020 has in store for Talent Summit
As the recruitment landscape changes and markets are more candidate-led than ever before, how do you optimise your recruitment practices and overcome day-to-day challenges to help you hire the best people? XREF held a panel talk in Dublin last night (21st November) to discuss this topic. The panel included Claire Kelly - Business Consultant at Sigmar Recruitment Michelle Fogarty - Co-Founder & COO at PepTalk Wellbeing Alan Murphy - Human Resources at Bimeda Owen Murray - Recruitment Lead at Tech Hubs at Zalando SE They spoke about the evolution and digitisation of recruitment, real-life challenges and ways to overcome these and how your organisation can move towards smarter hiring to an audience of 50. It was a very interesting event and we would lile to comend Claire Kelly on her performance and thank her for doing a fantastic job representing Sigmar Recruitment.
Last night, 15th October Sigmar Recruitment was awarded 'The Best Recruitment Company to Work for (£20m to £50m)' at the TALiNT International Annual Recruitment Awards (TIARAs) in London. On announcing our win, the judges commented, “Sigmar came out on top of a very competitive shortlist because it demonstrated excellence across the board, showing creativity and innovation in their engagement of employees and the wider community.” The @AccessGroupREC Best Recruitment Company to Work for (£20m to £50m) Award goes to @SigmarIrl with a competitive shortlist they demonstrated excellence across the board, showing creativity & innovation in their engagement of employees and wider community. #TIARA2019 #TIARAS pic.twitter.com/w4QEiKVRea — TALiNT International (formerly Recruitment INTL UK (@RecruitmentIntl) October 15, 2019 Commenting on the win Malwina King, Director of Sigmar Recruitment said, “Creating a great place to work is not just another company initiative for Sigmar; it’s embedded in everything we do. As we have grown to over 150 employees, we have maintained a focus on building a culture of trust and empowerment for our people and we are delighted to see this reflected in winning this award. This award is a testament to our people, the relationships they foster and the environment we create. It is Sigmar’s culture that I believe is truly unique, and sets us apart in the industry and on the wider business scene.” Sigmar were also highly commeded for the Client Service award category Highly commended for the @hinterviewing Client Service Award goes to @SigmarIrl #TIARA2019 #TIARAS pic.twitter.com/jV0fRE3ZzR — TALiNT International (formerly Recruitment INTL UK (@RecruitmentIntl) October 15, 2019 The TALiNT International Annual Recruitment Awards (TIARAs) celebrate the best of the UK & Ireland’s recruitment industry. Commenting on the standard of the shortlist this year, Jason Martin, Head of Strategy at Access Group, headline partner of the TIARAs said, “I’ve been a judge for several years now and the entries were of a really high standard this year for each of the Best Recruitment Company to Work For categories.” “What stood out was the investment in learning and development within the recruitment sector which has gone up a level this year. You can really see the link between growth and an investment in learning and employee benefits.”
For World Mental Health Day (10/10/19) this year, we opened the conversation up in Sigmar and asked our staff what they do to look after their own mental wellbeing and what advice they would give to others to look after themselves. We encourage all our staff to talk to one another and their managers regularly. We have an open-door policy for issues, ideas, thoughts, concerns – anything! So, we want to encourage the very same concept when it comes to mental health. On this very significant day we wanted to mark it with something and what better way to do so then to talk. Here is what some of our staff had to say… From smiling, to gratitude, to sleeping and having chats with your friend over tea, our staff really have some useful tips on mental wellbeing. It was great to talk to each other about our methods for looking after our mental health and we had a bit of fun doing it too.
We are delighted to announce that Frank Farrelly, COO of Sigmar Recruitment, and Jérôme Rieux, CEO of Groupe Adéquat (our parent company) have made the SIA Staffing 100 list. This is Frank's third time consecutive year on this list. The 2019 staffing list recognises the Top 100 2019 influencers in European staffing. This list, compiled by Staffing Industry Analysts, includes those who have helped to shape the €172 billion European market. Entrepreneurs, CEOs, reformers, lawyers, businesspeople — the Staffing 100 Europe honourees have a wide range of skills and accomplishments and hail from a multitude of staffing markets in the region. The list is not a ranking but a shout-out to those who have made a difference in the world of work. Congratulations Frank and Jérôme on this fantastic achievement! Frank Farrelly, CCO, Sigmar Recruitment Jérôme Rieux, CEO, Groupe Adequat
18 Sigmar consultants braved the Ring of Kerry, a daunting 175km cycle that is steeped in rich history and incredible scenery. Parts of the cycle are set along the Wild Atlantic Way offering breath taking views to those who dare. The day was packed full of hills, spills and thrills as even the most experienced of cyclists were challenged by the harsh wind. After an arduous ten to twelve hours, all 18 team members finished. It was an unforgettable day for all involved, some more than others. From puntures to bikes trying to escape the rack on the motorway. there was never a dull moment. The cycle was one of Sigmar's many charity events for our charity partner Cistic Fibrosis. A huge congratulations to all involved and we look forward to next year!
To celebrate such a successful H1 of 2019, Sigmar held its annual Summer BBQ in Nolita Dublin. All regional offices from around the nation came together to catch up on the last six successful months. The day was full of terrible shirts and bright smiles as highly achieving consultants were given the fruits of their labour. Overall 13 consultants were promoted for outstanding work with 12 consultants being rewarded for their ongoing succesful contribution to the business. A well deserved day out for the company to celebrate H1 and kick off H2!
Taken from Silicon Republic Leaders’ Insights, Sigmar’s Adrian McGennis discusses building a brand overseas and why a ‘land and expand’ model isn’t always the best option. Adrian McGennis is CEO and co-founder at Irish recruitment company Sigmar. Prior to Sigmar, McGennis was managing director with Marlborough and he has been involved in two successful IPOs. He holds a degree in engineering from University College Dublin and has garnered several postgraduate management awards. Founded in 2002, Sigmar has been named as a Best Managed Company by Deloitte for the past three years. Last August it opened a new European talent hub in Co Kerry as it announced plans to create 50 roles. Describe your role and what you do. As part of a team to grow a meaningful, profitable, worthy business and enjoy the experience – this involves developing people in a positive, learning, achieving culture. As well as building great relationships with clients and candidates, we are passionate about contributing to community. How do you prioritise and organise your working life? At all levels we have really great teams at Sigmar, so we get a strong buy-in to the company goals. This will be the basis of prioritisation. Maintaining the culture is the basis for values and growth, so spend a lot of time with colleagues and customers. Thankfully, our partnership with Groupe Adéquat has been very positive and they are like-minded in values, so prioritisation and organisation haven’t changed much. What are the biggest challenges facing your sector and how are you tackling them? Having enjoyed 10 years of strong growth, the potential for economic uncertainty could present a challenge. We are talking with clients more and have the scale and agility to provide flexible solutions for them. Thankfully, we have been innovative in using technology, but we need to be constantly aware of optimising our offering utilising better communication, AI, analytics etc. What are the key sector opportunities you’re capitalising on? We are very positive on the sector, but the rate of change is increasing. We see, therefore, new opportunities in managed services, new sectors, onsite staffing, statement of work etc. Our new model based in Tralee, servicing the IT market in Germany, is working and scaling really well and forms the basis of expanding into new European and US markets. Talent solutions really is an exciting place to be right now. What set you on the road to where you are now? When we completed our MBO in 2009, many of the team were involved. We had ambitions to develop a commercially strong business (which has been successful), but also to build a great Irish business which would be recognised internationally. Innovations like the Talent Summit, Ireland Gateway to Europe and National Employment Week have helped position ourselves to achieve both these goals. What was your biggest mistake and what did you learn from it? We did underestimate the importance of brand when expanding overseas in 2005/2006. Some of our overseas operations did create impact, but with limited resources it was a challenge to develop deep routes through a ‘land and expand’ model. Now, we are successfully servicing clients and developing relationships in overseas locations before opening a significant office. How do you get the best out of your team? The quality and commitment of the team is high so, really, allow them to do their job! We encourage risk and learn from any failures. We do have strong respect and equally celebrate success. From day one we all agreed to our culture/values, so anyone joining Sigmar is clear on where we are going and, hopefully, how to get there. What was your biggest mistake and what did you learn from it? We did underestimate the importance of brand when expanding overseas in 2005/2006. Some of our overseas operations did create impact, but with limited resources it was a challenge to develop deep routes through a ‘land and expand’ model. Now, we are successfully servicing clients and developing relationships in overseas locations before opening a significant office. How do you get the best out of your team? The quality and commitment of the team is high so, really, allow them to do their job! We encourage risk and learn from any failures. We do have strong respect and equally celebrate success. From day one we all agreed to our culture/values, so anyone joining Sigmar is clear on where we are going and, hopefully, how to get there. STEM sectors receive a lot of criticism for a lack of diversity in terms of gender, ethnicity and other demographics. Have you noticed a diversity problem in your sector? What are your thoughts on this and what’s needed to be more inclusive? When I did engineering (a long time ago!), in a class of 250 there were maybe 10 girls, so we’ve improved a bit since then. I do think ongoing positive discussions have helped and will continue to redress the gender balance. We have hosted a few events on diversity and specifically gender balance, and I believe an honest dialogue is required to actually make real change. I believe most people agree where we want to get to, but healthy, honest conversations and listening are required to get us there. As it goes, the recruitment sector has been very inclusive and probably really embraces diversity better than most, maybe because it is a relatively new sector or it’s a meritocracy. Who is your role model and why? If I had to choose a role model right now, it would honestly be Joe Schmidt. I’ve heard a few current and ex-players speaking recently and they are 100pc clear on the objectives and plans. He also seems to instil authenticity, and even humility, into high performance. The analytics, data recording/management, team building, results focus are all very impressive, but the simple imparting a message to ‘do your job’ really works and seemed to be enjoyed. What books have you read that you would recommend? I liked Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari. Didn’t necessarily agree with all his theories, but does make one think. I was recommended Legacy by James Kerr, and I have to say it does simply articulate the collective belief in high standards exhibited by the All Blacks. I am now recommending it to some of our teams to read/review/implement. What are the essential tools and resources that get you through the working week? Phones, a computer and coffee are all good – oh, and a pint on Friday evening. We do use various tools to gather regular data across the company which is important, but I feel equally important is to speak with people about what we need to do as a result of the data.y to Europe and National Employment Week have helped position ourselves to achieve both these goals.