Innovation throughout the life sciences sector in Ireland is growing quickly, and job opportunities are increasing along with it. Talent is universally accepted as a key to competitive advantage, so getting it right is imperative.
As a small island nation and against the backdrop of intense competition from other locations, and other challenges, we have developed a reputation in the sector that Ireland can be justifiably proud of.
The purpose of this survey is to help prepare organisations for the future by assessing and reporting the trends that will most impact them.
Some areas that may be of interest to companies in the life sciences space are that there is significant interest from candidates in moving to Munster; the sector is mature in terms of job seekers with 10 years plus experience; career progression and challenge are as important as salary and helping potential candidates manage the risk of making a move is very important.
The below infographic will give you some insight on what;
Be sure to check out our Top Tips on the back of responses received.
(Tip: It is no surprise that the Munster area is the most popular since a huge amount of the life science industry is based around Cork. Be prepared to pay a relocation fee for the right person)
(Tips: 1. If this isn’t a short term contract, is there a clear career pathway for this role? 2. Are you offering the market rate? If you’re unsure of the going rate, ask your Recruitment Consultant who will be able to advise you. 3. Make sure the role is challenging. Set benchmarks for the candidate to meet throughout out year.)
What does your brand image say about your organisation? Does your website and social media promote the idea that the organisation is prospering? Look at your reviews on Indeed, Google and Glassdoor. Are these respectable? Ensure that the company has replied to any negative ones.
What is your company culture like? Can you ensure that it is welcoming even at the interview stage. Is there someone to welcome the candidate on arrival? Does the receptionist know the name of the interviewee? Does the organisation make it seem like you’re looking forward to seeing them?
Being the newbie in a new company can be a daunting prospect especially if the candidates have been at their previous company for a long time. To conquer this reinforce why you want them to work for your organisation. Make sure they feel valued before they accept the job offer.
Tip:(Ireland has a lot to offer in terms of quality of life, career opportunities and culture. If you want to attract candidates from overseas, ensure that your career materials emphasise these factors)
Tip (CareerWise Recruitment & CK Group have a strong working relationship with LinkedIn. We utilise their professional network to connect with talent that maybe considering their next career and require the advice of a specialist to help them navigate the jobs market. This is particularly useful in a market where talent is primarily passive which allows our consultants to provide a greater recruitment service to our customers.)
Joe Robbins is co-founder of CareerWise Recruitment. A graduate of the University of Limerick (Degree in Business Studies, 1985), Joe worked in the UK for five years where he specialised in materials management, production management and plant management for a number of companies.
He returned to Ireland in 1992 to become Operations Manager for a Cork-based start-up, FMC Automotive Division which was subsequently taken over by Snap-on Equipment. Joe managed the business re-location of this company to Shannon in 1997 before setting up CareerWise Recruitment in 1999.
He is a committee member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Mid-West region, and a former Director and Vice President of the Shannon Chamber of Commerce. Joe is former Chairperson of the Sixmilebridge Camogie Club and current Chairperson of the Clare County Camogie Board.
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