Ireland Gateway To Europe (IGTE) returned to Boston for the third time in five years, hosting 11 events over 4 days from April 19th-22nd 2016. Co-founded by Sigmar Recruitment in 2012, IGTE is a not-for-profit collective of 26 Irish service providers who promote Ireland to a US business audience. We were once again delighted to have broadcaster George Hook travel over with Newstalk to broadcast live from our events. A Week In Review – Highlights From The Boston Trip: Ireland Gateway to Europe 2016 - A week in review from Jamie Harnett
Sigmar Recruitment announced the creation of 150 new jobs to service its new Centre of Excellence. The announcement was made by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD. The jobs were announced as part of the company’s expansion plan to deliver a wider portfolio of services globally and will bolster the position of the company as Ireland’s leading independent recruiter. These new positions will more than double the workforce by the end of 2018. Sigmar Recruitment is on track to deliver 50 of these new jobs by the end of this year, with another 50 by the end of 2017 and a further 50 by the end of 2018. Sigmar is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through Enterprise Ireland. Making the announcement Minister Mitchell O’Connor says: “Today’s announcement that Sigmar Recruitment, a highly innovative Irish company, is creating 150 new jobs in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Kerry is great news for the country. Through our Regional Action Plan for Jobs, I am committed to ensuring jobs are created in every region in Ireland. These new jobs will contribute greatly to the prosperity of communities across the country. Sigmar is a great example of the type of company Enterprise Ireland is working with. I warmly congratulate Adie and his team and wish them continued success for the future.” The jobs are in recruitment, sales and digital marketing at both experienced and graduate levels with a significant number of positions available in locations outside of the capital to include Cork, Galway and Kerry. The establishment of the Centre of Excellence is largely due to an uplift in demand for talent by US companies who are expanding internationally from Ireland. Sigmar Recruitment’s Chief Commercial Officer, Robert Mac Giolla Phádraig explains: “With our considerable expertise in supporting FDI companies establish operations in Ireland, we have developed a Total Talent Management solution to support our clients’ next phase of international expansion from Ireland. We have set up a Centre of Excellence to support this international growth in demand. “This investment is a high value play to help some of the fastest growing companies in the world find the best talent in the world from here in Ireland, something we are immensely proud of.” Sigmar Recruitment prides itself on its unrivalled education and development programmes. Successful candidates will be eligible for the company’s own Recruitment MBA, which is run in conjunction with Trinity College Dublin and Notre Dame, the first transatlantic executive programme of its type in the country. According to Sigmar CEO Adie Mc Gennis the net effect of this announcement is far greater than the 150 jobs. He explains: “As recruiters by their very nature have a huge impact on job creation, the end effect of a creation of 150 jobs will have an enormous effect in terms of the actual number of jobs being created in Ireland over the next number of years.” He adds: “Everyone at Sigmar is proud and excited to share our expansion plans. We have experienced very strong growth and this confirms our confidence in the recruitment sector, the Irish economy and most importantly in all of our people to continue Sigmar’s success. “We deal with talent every day, so are fully aware that our growth is based on the positive, professional, progressive culture developed in Sigmar.” Julie Sinnamon, CEO, Enterprise Ireland concludes: “Enterprise Ireland has worked closely with Sigmar Recruitment over the past five years to support its growth and development. The company’s impressive growth since the management and staff buyout in 2009 to becoming one of Ireland’s leading independent recruitment companies is testament to the vision, ambition and entrepreneurial spirit of Adie McGennis and his team. Sigmar’s success in establishing its brand internationally with leading global companies is an excellent example to Irish service businesses seeking export growth. Enterprise Ireland looks forward to continuing to work with Sigmar as they grow further, creating sustainable jobs across a number of regions in Ireland”.
Sigmar is delighted to announce that we have been officially recognised as one of Ireland’s Best Workplaces 2016. Sigmar were announced as the 4th best workplace in Ireland (employing under 100 staff) and were the highest placed recruitment agency in Ireland. This prestigious accolade was presented at the Great Place to Work Awards in the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Dublin on Wednesday 24th February. Commenting on the fantastic achievement for all 65 organisations that have been recognised this year, CEO of Great Place to Work Ireland, John Ryan said that – “At this stage, most organisations have seen the importance of defining their culture and supporting its development with practices, real lived values, and a clear set of desired behaviours to drive organisational performance. In the past, only the most progressive companies focused on these areas. Today it is the norm. If organisations don’t have clear metrics around their people performance and engagement they are seen as laggards. It is now common to see monthly reports via pulse systems monitoring engagement levels, enabling interventions to be fashioned in real time. This year’s listed organisations have gone one step further, ensuring there is a clear alignment between their culture, climate, structure, practices and behaviours. This creates an employee experience where talent can thrive, and the organisation can adapt and achieve. Personally, I would like to congratulate each and every person in the organisations who have achieved the status of ‘great’, as it is clear that leadership or HR cannot make this happen alone. It is a group effort that requires everybody’s energy, enthusiasm, and engagement.”
Sigmar Recruitment has been named a National Champion for Ireland for the second year in a row in The European Business Awards, sponsored by RSM; Europe’s largest business competition set up to celebrate business excellence and best practice in the European business community. The Awards, now in its 10th year, is supported by business leaders, academics and political representatives from across Europe, and this year engaged with over 33,000 businesses from 34 countries. Sigmar Recruitment has been chosen after the first phase of judging by an independent panel. They were evaluated on the core EBA values of innovation, ethics and success and will now go through to the second stage of the competition, which includes a video and a public vote. Commenting today, Sigmar’s CEO, Adrian McGennis said: “At Sigmar, we are honoured and delighted to receive the international recognition as National Champion in the European Business Awards. In Ireland, we have been recognised for the many impactful initiatives we have set up to show our strong commitment to four important constituencies; our Clients, our Candidates, our Colleagues and the Community. Absolutely everyone in Sigmar has driven and been involved in these projects, so for them to get this accolade is brilliant, inspiring and well deserved!” Adrian Tripp, CEO of the European Business Awards said: “Congratulations to Sigmar Recruitment who have been selected to represent their country as National Champions. They are central to the success of Europe’s strong business community, and have shown the core principles we look for of innovation, ethics and success.”
Ireland were victorius in the inaugural Gateway Cup golf tournament, which took place just before the Aer Lingus American Football Classic in Dublin in the first weekend in September. This “business version of the Ryder Cup” welcomed over 100 US and Irish business leaders, politicians, and representatives from Boston College and Georgia Tech to Woodbrook Golf Club in Co. Wicklow, which has hosted of 18 major international championship events. The tournament was followed by dinner which attended by distinguished guests including Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and Boston Consul General, Fionnuala Quinlan, among many sports and media personalities. Newstalk broadcaster George Hook captained team Ireland to victory, with help from All Ireland winner Alan Kerins who serving as vice captain. Robert Mauro, Director of the Irish Institute from Boston College and Jeff Laue, CEO of N3, co-captained the US team. The event was run by Ireland Gateway To Europe, a not-for-profit collective of Irish service providers who promote Ireland as Europe’s premier investment location to US executives. Sigmar is a founding company of this initiative. Find out more at www.gatewaytoeurope.org. L-R: Dessie Farrell, Alan Kerins, Boston Consul General Fionnuala Quinlan, Bernard Brogan, Adie McGennis The Golfers at Woodbrook Golf Club, Co. Wicklow L-R: Adie McGennis, George Hook (Ireland Captain), Alan Kerins (Ireland Vice Captain), Jeff Laue (US Captain)
Sigmar Recruitment have joined the global fight to end hunger and poverty by announcing a charity partnership with international development charity Gorta Self-help Africa. The partnership was selected by Sigmar’s 100 strong workforce and will be led by employees who aim to raise much needed funds for Gorta-Self Help through sponsored events and fundraising initiatives. Gorta-Self Help Africa, which marked its 50th anniversary last year, is one of Ireland’s leading development organisations. The charity implements a broad range of agricultural development projects that are designed to support rural communities to grow more and earn more from their small farms. CEO Ray Jordan said that they were delighted with their new partnership with Sigmar. “It is fantastic to be able to call upon the expertise of one of Ireland’s top recruitment consultancies, and to draw upon their knowledge and skills so that we can deliver the best results that we can for the rural poor people of Africa.” Sigmar Recruitment Director Adrian McGennis said: “we are so pleased to announce Gorta-Self Help Africa as our new charity partner, an organisation which makes such a difference in the rural communities of Africa and we look forward to supporting the good work that they do. The charity’s commitment to tackling hunger with projects that empower farmers and equip them with the tools to start businesses and become self-sufficient, is an incredibly worthy cause.” 250 million people in Africa, farmers and their families, suffer hunger and malnutrition, struggling in extreme rural poverty without enough food; left behind by rising economic growth. Gorta-Self Help believes that it is only by tackling the challenges faced by rural farming communities that real and sustained economic progress can be made across sub-Saharan Africa.
On Friday March 4th, Sigmar Recruitment was named as one of Ireland’s ‘Best Managed’ companies in the 2016 Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards Programme. The awards event in Dublin’s Convention Centre marked the eighth year of the Deloitte Best Managed Companies awards programme, in association with Barclays Bank Ireland. The awards were attended by over 800 people from the Irish business community. Frank Ryan, chair of the independent judging panel, was keynote speaker on the night. The Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards Programme, in association with Barclays Bank Ireland, recognises indigenous Irish companies across Ireland which are operating at the highest levels of business performance. The network of 115 Best Managed Companies now employs over 47,000 people around the country and has a combined turnover of almost €10bn. Recognising the importance of overseas markets for Irish companies, the Best Managed Companies also recorded an average growth in export sales of 161% over the last three years. Commenting on the award, Robert Mac Giolla Phádraig, CCO, Sigmar Recruitment said: ““We are delighted to be recognised as a Deloitte’s BMC which reflects the breadth and depth of leadership, innovation and capability across the entire organisation. Our people are truly world class and this award is a testament of their hard work, spirit and determination to always go further to deliver for clients and candidates. We are proud, and humbled, to lead on multiple fronts and from an industry perspective, to be the example.” This award comes off the back of Sigmar’s ranking as #4 Best Place to Work in Ireland (Great Places to Work Institute), the highest ranking recruitment company in Ireland. Commenting on the award, Adrian McGennis, CEO adds: “At Sigmar, we really value this recognition as a Great Place to Work, particularly as the highest ranked recruitment company. The values we embrace and initiatives that we undertake are devised to fulfil our company objectives and include truly valuing all staff so it is great to receive external validation for affirmation. All the recent awards that have been presented to Sigmar reflect the commitment and talent of all the team and will be celebrated by all the team!”
Sigmar are delighted to have won ‘Best in Practice IT, Telecoms & Technical’ at the National Recruitment Federation (NRF) Awards 2015 held on Friday last (4th December). Presented by Gavin Duffy, the awards ceremony was held at the Shelbourne Hotel where over 370 of Ireland’s leading recruitment industry figures were in attendance. The awards are designed to identify and reward excellence in recruitment in Ireland. Commenting on Sigmar IT’s success Sigmar Associate Director Eoin Langdon remarked “We’re absolutely thrilled with this award, it recognises the hard work and dedication of our team. We constantly strive to deliver recruitment excellence to our clients and candidates alike”. Sigmar CEO Adrian McGennis added; ‘I am delighted for all the Sigmar IT team, as I know it’s a very competitive category and a very competitive sector! We have had great growth in permanent and contract IT recruitment this year and it is a strong testament to the talent, professionalism and commitment of everyone in the team. Certainly as the area is growing steadily, we are planning for continued growth/development in coming years.’ Also honoured on the night were Sigmar employees Fiona Joyce and Orlaith Dingley who both were amongst the Top 4 Graduates of the NRF Certificate in Recruitment Practice.
An Tánaiste Joan Burton launched National Employment Week 2016, which took place from February 29th to March 4th 2016. Now in its seventh year National Employment Week (NEW) has become the largest series of HR conferences in Ireland. Founded by Robert Mac Giolla Phádraig CCO Sigmar Recruitment, NEW is a not-for-profit initiative to help stimulate employment in Ireland where recently we have seen unemployment rates fall from 15.1% to 8.6%. Says founder Robert Mac Giolla Phádraig: “As the war for talent intensifies, the National Talent Summit each year, looks at the central pillars required to attract and retain talent through a central theme of creating a Culture with Purpose. “We believe that the question of why people do what they do transcends generations at work and different ways of working, and is emerging as the fundamental competitive advantage to attract and retain the best.” “With an international focus on best practice, we had a line up of over 40 contributors with 12 international speakers from the US, Canada, UK and across Europe. It was great to share global Irish innovation and international thought leadership on the above themes and to shine a light on some lesser represented cohorts of talent.” Topics that were covered during employment week included diversity – aligning individual values with company vision; the voice of the employee – the employer brand of 2016; recruiting for the future world of work; values cased leadership – creating a culture of leadership; engagement in action, retention strategies and mental health & employment. Keynote Speaker: Patty McCord was the headline speaker at the Talent Summit 2016. Patty served as Chief Talent Officer of Netflix for 12 years and co-authored the Netflix Culture Deck, a presentation that has been viewed more than five million times. According to Harvard Business Review it “reinvented HR” and Sheryl Sandberg has said it “may be the most important document ever to come out of Silicon Valley.”