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Insurance Jobs - Market Overview 2019

Insurance Jobs - Market Overview 2019

Thoughts on the Market Change is a Good Thing The insurance sector is historically recognised by its formal, some say old-fashioned look, but the industry is changing. Smaller companies are competing with the long-established heavy hitters for a bigger share of the market and some of the most recognised brands in the industry are merging to counter the ever-shifting landscape. Consolidation Means Expansion 2018 saw consolidation within the insurance sector with several headlines marking mergers and acquisitions. This type of news is regularly followed by news of job cuts or redundancies, but that has not been the case. If anything, the opposite seems to be happening in Ireland. In an ironic turn of events, this consolidation seems to be breeding expansion! And expansion in the Irish market doesn’t look like it’s slowing down in 2019. Several companies have already committed to setting up or expanding Irish offices post-Brexit, with people already onboard in a number of these. 2019 should see further announcements along these lines, particularly, as at the time of writing, the UK Brexit agreement is still up in the air. Challenges & Opportunities With Brexit, GDPR, diversity and InsureTech grabbing headlines on a regular basis we are seeing insurance companies moving in directions many never anticipated. As Ireland’s insurance sector focused on Brexit and GDPR in 2018, and they still require plenty of focus in 2019, we should see a greater focus now on how they approach diversity and InsureTech in 2019. Ireland is already once of the most diverse countries in the EU and will need to be even more so as employers look to Europe and beyond to fill any talent shortages. 2018 saw the trend for attracting overseas talent continue and it will not slow down in 2019. InsureTech is the other exciting development within the insurance sector that will only get more relevant over the next couple of years. Artificial intelligence and data analytics are at the forefront on insurance innovation and more and more jobs will open in these areas in 2019 and beyond. Driverless cars are already raising more questions than answers for insurers and automakers and this is one discussion that will be particularly interesting to see play out. Salaries in 2019 Retention was the focus for most employers in the sector throughout 2018. As a result, salaries have been increasing around 10-15% in several areas. Surprisingly, salaries have not been the predominant factor when it came to people moving jobs lasy year. “What are the benefits” is usually the first question asked when a candidate is considering a change. Pension, healthcare and bonuses continue to be at the top of people’s lists of required benefits, however flexible working hours is becoming almost as important for a lot of people. Achieving the highly valued work-life balance seems to be a key selling point and employers offering basic salary packages with little or no benefits or flexibility are finding it very difficult to attract/retain talent. Top Tip For 2019 Get qualified. The CIP, QFA and ACOI (compliance) are the industry standards and it’s becoming more difficult for candidates to find rewarding jobs without having one of the above. Most employers offer educational assistance if you are not already qualified but unless you have very good experience, you will find it difficult without the qualification. Hot Jobs Experienced Claims Handler Compliance Officer/Executive Pension Administrator Actuary Project/Change Management Top Skills Project management/Prince2 or PMP Compliance and regulatory experience QFA/CIP DB and DC pension experience Product development Check out the latest insurance jobs here

Salary Guide 2019

Salary Guide 2019

Ireland’s unemployment rate of 5.3% has certainly dramatically improved from near 16% in 2012. More people are working in Ireland than ever, which is very positive. The drive to get more business into the regions and outside the main cities is on-going and working. Pressure on housing relative to other major cities, may be overstated but it is in everyone’s interest to balance employment in regional areas. Salary inflation has been increasing in specific areas (IT, legal/compliance, data security, life sciences, banking) and in many cases experienced double digit percentage increases. Ireland is still relatively attractive to mobile European talent, but there has been pressure on salaries because of unprecedented demand. Benefits are increasingly a consideration for applicants, particularly in the technology world where flexible working is becoming the expected norm rather than a differentiating factor. There is no question that the employers who are winning “talent battles” are really looking at their employee experience and also their applicant experience more closely than ever. Effective employer branding was a novelty a few years ago, but now essential in attracting top talent. The good news is that successful employer branding works and ensures salary inflation is not excessive and hiring new talent is controllable Overall, 2019 looks likely to be an interesting year, but as long as we stay competitive and offer some flexibility, Ireland has every reason to believe we can continue to outperform other countries in the war for talent! ​ 2019 Salary Guides for each discipline:​ Accountancy & Finance Banking & Financial Services Construction & Property Services HR Insurance IT Legal & Compliance Manufacturing & Engineering Marketing Multilingual Office Support Sales Software Sales Science & Pharma Supply Chain ​

Presenting In An Interview

Presenting In An Interview

Face to face interviews can be scary, but with the added pressure of presenting during an interview anyone can become a nervous wreck. Here are our tips to help you ace your interview presentation. Structure Your Presentation A strong structure is the most important thing to get right. The aim is to keep the interviewer’s attention through presenting engaging and relevant content. Plan out what you want to say through brainstorming. Draw a map showing how each point links to the next. Make sure the points you are making fit within the companies aim and objectives, thus showing the research you have done. The key thing is not to waffle. A basic outline for any presentation should have: Introduction: Give a brief overview of the subject of the presentation and what you wish to cover Elaborate: Discuss the subject in as much detail as time will allow using as little slides as possible Conclusion: Sum up what you have spoken about adding in your thoughts where necessary N.B. A useful slide to include would be a “Why Me?” slide. At the end of the day you want them to hire you for the job so this should be one point they take home. Be Visual Use your slides to keep the panel engaged as reading from slides will send anyone into a daydream. Use bullet points and images as much as possible to keep your audience attentive. Other things to include: Provide hand-outs for them to read and to take away (but give them out at the end!) Have inviting body language (do not cross your arms or put your hands in your pockets) Do not be afraid to use gestures (it will draw their attention back to you) Practice Makes Perfect Preparation is a vital part of any interview and this will help overcome nerves. You should be given enough time to prepare your presentation in advance. Use this time wisely and practice until you know everything off by heart. Additional things to perfect include tone of voice and gestures. Worried you might trip over your words? Ask a friend to help you practise your presentation until you’re completely confident. The key is to talk naturally as this will show the panel that you understand your area and that you are the best person for the job. Pronounce Every Word Clearly When you are nervous there is a temptation to speak fast to quicken the whole process; you must resist this. Add commas to your notes to signal where to take breaths and regularly pause to collect your thoughts. Speaking clearly will ensure that the panel understand your points and won’t be interrupting the presentation to ask questions. Eye Contact Presentations can be a lot harder than face to face interviews as the interviewee is the main talker. One sure way to ensure that people stay engaged is to maintain eye contact using friendly eyes. It is important to shift eye contact to everyone on the panel to keep everyone engaged and listening. There Will Be Questions Doing a presentation doesn’t mean that you will not be asked more questions. It is still an interview and the interviewer/s will still have questions to ask. They will more than likely ask about you and your presentation so be prepared. For further interview advice and/or to discuss career opportunities call 01-4744624 or send a confidential email to Alan at amurphy@sigmar.ie

How To Answer “What’s Your Greatest Weakness?”

How To Answer “What’s Your Greatest Weakness?”

The one question I am always asked when preparing a candidate for an interview is “how do I answer the weakness question?” The worst reaction you can have to this question is to say I don’t have a weakness. Everyone has a weakness and the reason the interviewer is asking this question is to see how you act outside your comfort zone. People often make the common mistake of trying to turn a negative into a positive. An example of this would be I’m a perfectionist or I work too hard. These answers are boring and show the interviewer you have put very little thought into his/her question. Also you are not actually answering the question you’re just trying to put a clever spin on it.Another mistake candidates make is being too honest. Never mention a weakness that you have if it is going to stop you from getting the job. So don’t answer “I’m lazy” or that “I’m always late” as this is not what your potential new employer wants to hear. The trick to answering this is in the same way you would answer any interview question and that’s by preparing your answer in advance. It can be very difficult to talk about your flaws in a stressful situation like an interview so make sure you spend time preparing your answer. These are a few ways to best answer the weakness question: 1. Pick a weakness that is acceptable for the job Don’t pick a skill or requirement that is on the job spec that you don’t have and say it is your main weakness. This will only put doubt into the interviewers head. 2. Pick a weakness that you can develop For this type of answer you might think of an example where you had a weakness but developed it over the course of your time in prior employment. 3. Describe your weakness in a concise way Don’t go into loads of detail on this question. They are asking you your weakness so be brief and don’t come across as negative. A common answer that candidates often use when asked the weakness question is on their delegation skills. Here you can mention a time when you used to have the mentality that only you could do the job but over time you realised that it was actually slowing the work down and by delegating to other staff members the job was done quicker. This answer is perfect to give but it depends on what job you are going for. If you are going for a managerial role where managing and delegating work will be part of your job description then don’t use delegating as your weakness. Every question in an interview is an opportunity for you to sell yourself, so it is important you never miss a genuine opportunity and the weakness question is no different. Treat it like you would any interview questions that you find hard and prepare your answer.

Meet the Insurance Recruitment Team

Our established team of consultants have a deep understanding of the Irish market and are ideally placed to deliver successful results to our clients. Our team have a range of Jobs throughout Ireland with a roles for actuaries, brokers, pensions, claims processors, underwriters, commercial account handlers and executives and broker jobs.
Get in touch with the team by emailing your CV to insurance@sigmar.ie.

DUBLIN

13 Hume St, Dublin D02 F861, Ireland.​

39 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin D02 ND61, Ireland (Sales, Multilingual, Supply Chain)

Tel: + 353 1 4744 600
Fax: + 353 1 4744 641

Email: info@sigmar.ie

CORK 

1 Georges Quay, Cork City, Cork T12 X0DX, Ireland

Tel: +353 21 431 5770
Fax: +353 21 431 6407

Email: cork@sigmar.ie

GALWAY

4th Floor, Dockgate, Dock Road,
Galway H91 PC04, Ireland.

Tel: + 353 91 563868

Email: galway@sigmar.ie

ATHLONE

14 Sean Costello Street, Athlone, Co. Westmeath, N37 R970

Tel: 090 641 3973

Email: athlone@sigmar.ie

TRALEE

Liber House, Monavalley Business Park,
Tralee, Co. Kerry

Tel: + 353 (0)66 4012325

Email: kerry@sigmar.ie