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Winner of "Best in Practice IT & Telecoms" at the National Recruitment Awards 2018.
Our team of 20 IT recruiters have an unparalleled breadth of recruitment practice expertise across Infrastructure, Security, Java, Scala, Web, Frontend, Mobile, Data and QA roles. Get in touch with us on +353 1 4744600 or email IT@sigmar.ie

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Sigmar IT and Graduate of the Year Julie Valentine win at NRF Awards 2018

Sigmar IT and Graduate of the Year Julie Valentine win at NRF Awards 2018

The 12th annual National Recruitment Federation Awards took place in the Shelbourne Hotel on Friday night, November 30th. Sigmar were delighted to attend and to come away with not one but two awards on the night. Best in Practice: Sigmar IT It’s been a big year for our IT Team, with the launch of their European IT Recruitment talent hub in Tralee, so picking up Best in Practice Technical, IT & Telecoms in one of the most closely contested categories of the night was the cherry on top. Speaking of the award, Associate Director, Eoin Langdon said that he was delighted their hard work had been recognised. NRF Cert RP Graduate of the Year: Julie Valentine 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 2018. Sigmar was thrilled for our Sales Recruiter Julie Valentine to be recognised for achieving the highest grade of the 2018 graduates. Speaking on Julie’s win, Sigmar Director, Malwina King said; “I am truly delighted that Julie achieved Top Graduate of the Year at the 2018 NRF Awards. Julie, we are super proud of you and your success is very well deserved! Not only was Julie one of the most active participants in Sigmar’s Recruitment Excellence Programme but this award is a testament to her hard work, industry expertise and ‘can do attitude’ that is appreciated by both clients and candidates alike. Well done Julie!” We were also delighted to have Claire Kelly shortlisted for Permanent Recruitment Consultant of the Year and for our Office Support and Technical, Engineering & Science teams being shortlisted in their respective categories.

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IT Jobs - Market Overview 2018

IT Jobs - Market Overview 2018

“Technology job sector in Ireland to grow by 23% in 2018.” Thoughts on the Market Java/Scala 2017 was a busy year in the world of development in Ireland. We saw more companies fully embracing forward-thinking methodologies and technologies such as microservices architecture, continuous deployment with cloud-based infrastructure (Azure, AWS etc.), following a test first approach within heavily agile environments. There has been continued growth in functional programming with Scala, F#, Clojure, Haskell, Elixir and Erlang heading the list. There has also been a big spike in businesses incorporating artificial intelligence and all the possibilities it brings; machine learning, natural language processing and cognitive analytics for example. It will definitely be interesting to watch throughout 2018 to see what can be achieved! Many companies are moving traditional full-stack development roles towards working closely with frontend teams, with many java developers learning some of the ever popular JavaScript frameworks such as AngularJS. The difficulty for employers throughout 2018 will be much the same as 2017 – attracting top talent! With many companies looking to scale up their operations, competition continues to be fierce leading many companies to look outside of Ireland for top talent. With many companies recognising the importance of the candidate’s experience throughout the hiring process, we expect to see a massive decrease in what can be painstakingly lengthy application and interview processes to increase efficiency and chance of securing the talent they need. IT Security/IT Risk/IT Audit As technology led environments in the workplace grow, so too does the cyber security risk of that company. Now more than ever, a company’s brand depends on its performance and conduct in security risks and data breaches. These advancements along with the imminent GDPR regulations should place information security at the forefront of any business’ priorities. IT risk and compliance are at an all-time high in demand with the impending GDPR regulations. Companies are now revising their IT risk and compliance policies to ensure they are not in breach of any data protection regulations given the severe financial and reputational implications this would have. As a result, there has been an increase in the demand for IT security managers, IT auditors and IT risk specialists, who can review a company’s policies and procedures and design an airtight security strategy. GDPR expertise is now probably the most sought-after skillset in the Irish job market. Infrastructure With more and more companies investing in their IT infrastructure to upgrade systems and avoid any ‘down-time’, we are seeing a rise in IT infrastructure engineer positions moving towards project-based work as well as BAU support for both internal and external clients. Product Multinational product companies are keen to focus on EMEA market, and Dublin is often their first choice. Due to that, they need reliable, capable and motivated product managers and product owners to support their products and develop new ones. As the number of product companies grows, product professionals will be in high demand in 2018. Microsoft/.Net The development market is fast changing, therefore candidates and clients need to be able to adapt. As a result, .Net candidates will again be in demand for 2018. Clients are looking for candidates that are experts in their domain and who can bring added value to their team and company. Mobile & Gaming With creativity at an all-time high, the Irish gaming industry is thriving. Allowing candidates to combine their passion for working with ground-breaking technologies with their love of gaming, we are seeing a noticeable trend of more and more candidates moving towards this area. From award-winning freelance game makers to multinational companies, Ireland has now established itself as a hotspot for gaming. Further to this, Ireland has hosted international events such as Games eXpo, PlayersXpo, and GamerCon showing our strong standing on an international stage. As a result, 2018 will see an increase in not only traditional game developers but also new hybrid roles including gaming mathematicians, sound engineers, game producers as well as gaming project managers. Data With a global movement towards data intelligence, Ireland is now a world leader in big data, machine learning, AI, fintech, and cloud computing. Companies can no longer expect to compete on a global platform without exploring their data in depth. Furthermore, smaller organisations are beginning to catch the “big data bug” after realizing the potential behind the information they already hold. We are therefore seeing an increase in roles within this area, from BI analysts to data engineers, ETL developers to big data developers. There also seems to be a rise in not only data science positions but also in data modelling roles. Web Development The expectation of what a website should do is growing. Developers are being asked to build very complicated things very quickly and have them work very well and very fast. Companies that are asking what the trends are today are already behind the competition, companies need to be asking what the trends will be tomorrow. The demand for skilled developers will continue to rise as companies continue to outbid each other in order to keep good talent. This, in turn, will continue to drive up market salaries and competition across the market. QA With more and more software companies choosing Ireland as their base of operations, the job market for IT professionals is booming, in particular, the need for QA engineers has never been higher. Companies are investing hugely in their QA teams and we will continue to see this rise going into 2018. Business Analyst We are seeing an increase in the number of business analyst positions that are becoming available. Project Management The job market for project managers is also increasing. Employers are looking for project managers who are coming from a business analyst background and have the ability to be hands on. Salaries In a market that continues to be heavily candidate led in 2018, we expect to see a further uplift in salaries across the year for all levels of experience. Candidates can expect to receive multiple offers as well as counteroffers from their current company. This will focus attention on overall benefits packages as well as career prospects within a company. Top Tip for 2018 Demonstrate a willingness to explore new technologies. With many companies seeking to explore the latest options, hiring managers are increasingly looking for candidates who have a similar outlook. Looking for an IT job? Check out our latest jobs here

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Hiring The Right IT Professional

Hiring The Right IT Professional

With the abundance of opportunities for IT professionals within the job market in Ireland, how can you tell if you are hiring the right person? The IT professional is most definitely faced with both opportunity and competition. As IT is such a broad term, there are niches within this industry where the IT professional can specialize. Niches include Software Programming, Software Testing, Website Design, IT Administration, Application or Technical Support, Business Analysis or Project Management but there are also further niches and some roles can even crossover. To establish the goals and interests of a candidate it depends on the questions you can ask at the initial meeting. The most important aspect in understanding an IT professional is to understand their ambitions, the culture they admire in the workplace and what they value from an opportunity. The Values of an IT Professional? The same factors are hugely important to IT professionals as in other areas such as Salary, Location, Benefits Package and Career Progression. Along with the above, there are other factors to consider in the IT sector. Technology is rapidly transforming, and for an IT professional it may be important to join a company that is progressive and that keeps up to date with the latest technologies and trends. Staying current with technologies also means investing in training. IT professionals may favor companies who will invest in ongoing support and training for staff. Company history and type of company can be hugely important to an IT professional. Is this an IT position in a tech company or a non-technical business industry? Is it a startup or a well-established company? What are the company’s plans? Are they expanding? These are questions for a HR Manager to be aware of at interview stage and, they may be important factors for an IT candidate in choosing a new position. The Culture Fit This year 11 technology companies made the list of the Top 25 companies with the best culture and values (more than any other industry). This shows the importance of culture in the IT industry and how it is vital for finding the right fit. Tips for this include asking some of the following questions: what do you enjoy where would you like to see yourself in five years what would be your ideal role/company/industry These questions can really help an employer understand an individual rather than trying to put their recruitment needs in front of the individual’s best interests. With the majority of IT companies choosing to adopt an agile culture while the majority of IT professionals being introvert in nature it is important to really understand the candidate’s personality traits before moving forward so questions like “how do you deal with pressure” and “what are your strengths and weaknesses” can give you some indication of the fit. Having this conversation establishes credibility and shows the candidate that you firstly, understand their needs and secondly, know your market place and can offer advice based on their interests. It is really in everyone’s best interest to ensure a great match between your company and candidates. Follow these tips and you’ll be well on your way to hiring the best IT professional for your organisation.

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Ireland’s Thriving IT Sector – Europe’s Silicon Valley

Ireland’s Thriving IT Sector – Europe’s Silicon Valley

Ireland has a thriving indigenous IT sector and is home to the second highest concentration of ICT multinationals in the world, outside of Silicon Valley. Forty per cent of Ireland’s GDP – some €72bn per annum – comes from its technology sector, which employs more than 105,000 people. Since 2011, more than 15,000 jobs have been announced in the sector, making Ireland the go-to place to locate international Tech headquarters. According to the Government’s ICT Skills Action Plan 2014, Ireland is likely to face an average increase in demand for high-level ICT skills of around 5% a year out to 2018, with the employment of ICT professionals anticipated to rise to just over 91,000. Ireland’s skilled, educated workforce and competitive corporation tax continues to attract foreign investment, with 9 out of the top 10 global ICT companies maintaining a presence in Ireland, and all of the top 5 software companies. This is accompanied by strong performances from our indigenous SMEs and an increasing number of innovative, well-funded Irish start-ups who are gaining recognition on a global level. The Irish government are dedicated supporters of the Irish ICT sector. They have created a number of initiatives to encourage and support new start-up activity such as schemes to relax visa requirements for non-EU citizens with in demand IT skills and have increased investment in research. The Technology Centre in Data Analytics is a collaboration between DIT, UCD and UCC, and is part of the sustained effort to make Ireland top of the market. IT employers in Ireland can recruit from a domestic talent pool of highly skilled, flexible candidates, with experience in leading global companies, and also, from a large number of mobile professionals from across the EU. These candidates are actively looking to relocate, attracted by Ireland’s ‘IT Hub’ reputation. Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia’s entry to the EU has expanded the skilled talent pools accessible to Irish employers.

Meet the IT Recruitment Team

 Sigmar IT  have formed longstanding relations with Ireland’s largest employers across IT and many vertical industries including; Gaming, ICT, Telecoms, Banking & Financial Services, Insurance, Legal, Pharmaceutical, Manufacturing, Semi-state etc. ​

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 

33 South Bank, Crosses Green,
Cork T12 F611, 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

TRALEE

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

Tel: + 353 (0)66 4012325

Email: kerry@sigmar.ie