Almost three-quarters of companies 'looking to hire permanent staff this year'

Almost three-quarters of companies 'looking to hire permanent staff this year'

Some 73% of companies polled in a recent survey say they intend to hire permanent staff this year.

The Abrivia Recruitment 2015 Salary Survey involved 4,000 companies and 45,000 employees across multiple industry sectors, and has revealed key indicators of Ireland’s economic recovery.

Donal O’Brien, managing director, Abrivia Recruitment, said: "Where companies are uncertain about the economic outlook they generally hire a lot more temporary and contract employees.

"87% of the companies that were surveyed plan to hire in 2015 but what is especially significant is that almost three quarters of those roles, 73% in fact, will be on a permanent basis.

"This is a strong indicator of the way the Irish economy is going.”

However, more than half (52%) of employers do not believe that they will find the staff they need on the live register, with 49% of employers willing to offer sponsorship to non EU candidates.

The hardest positions to fill are in IT, said 65% of employers. This represents a huge jump on last year, where only 29% reported this issue.

This is followed by sales and marketing (26%) legal (25%), human resources (18%) and accountancy (15%).

Cormac Moore, head of Abrivia IT and Telecoms team, commented: "The demand for specialist IT employees remains a serious issue in the marketplace where it continues to outstrip supply.

"Where companies cannot find talent it absolutely impacts on their ability to grow, develop and ultimately execute work on behalf of their clients. But this is not just an Irish issue , it’s global one.”

The demand for IT and telecoms staff increased by 31% from the previous year; demand for human resources staff was up 27%, followed by accountancy and finance (up 26%) and office support (up 23%).

Donal O’Brien commented: "Support function roles like HR and office support tend to suffer the most in a downtown so it’s always a good sign when companies start increasing their staff numbers in these areas."

More than half (55%) of employers will now 'virtually' hire people following a video conference call. This includes the use of Skype and other similar technologies.

Multinationals lead the way in the use of video conferencing technology because of the international dimension to their operations and consequently their workforce.

The survey also found that 22% of employees will consider changing jobs in 2015.

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