The graduates will work in offices in Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway. Hays said it is aimed at meeting an “unprecedented increase” in demand for positions.
Hays expects a 40% increase in the number of positions it places in 2011 compared to 2010. It said this expected increase is mostly attributable to increased activity in the Irish market, particularly among multinational companies and export-led indigenous firms.
Hays’ managing director, Richard Eardley, said there is no better barometer for the Irish economy than a recruitment agency.
“When recruiters recruit for themselves in large numbers, you know their clients are flat out and that’s great news for the jobs market. In turn, companies only recruit in such numbers to feed significantly increased activity,” he said.
Hays will be looking to fill 500 recruitment positions worldwide including the 40 positions ear-marked for its Irish offices.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for recent graduates or final-year students. The great thing about recruitment is that you don’t need to have a specific background or qualification, as long as you have the aptitude and desire to succeed.
“With 500 consultant positions up for grabs internationally there are many career starts for people who want to stay in Ireland or go abroad,” said Eardley.
Hays will hold a recruitment event at the Chartered Accountants House, Pearse Street, Dublin, on Monday, March 28, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.
Meanwhile, 58 jobs are to be created in Ashbourne, Co Meath, at the newly opened children’s entertainment centre, Fun Galaxy. In the coming three weeks, a further 30 roles will be created when a toy shop opens in the same complex.
Although thankful of support from the local community, entrepreneur and owner, Sharon Farrell was critical of the dead ends reached while trying to secure funding and other supports to develop the centre.
“The financial institutions within the country seem to be determined to drive small businesses out of business by hampering them in every way possible. They see their bottom line as being more important than the creation of new jobs — which is hard to stomach as it was the taxpayer who bailed them out of the mess that they got themselves into through their previous dealings in the boom time.