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Accounting & Finance Market Update Q2 2017

  General Observations In this quarter, there has been a lift in the Senior Managerial / Exec / C-level market with a positive increase in the number of roles available for experienced ACA / FCA / ACCA / FCCA / CPA / CIMA professionals. However, competition for these roles remains strong as sector-related experience is … Continued

Information Technology Market Update Q2 2017

  Market Overview The IT Market has grown consistently for the last 5 years and this trend is by all accounts, set to continue. There continues to be an increase in demand for niche IT talent and we are finding amongst our clients the biggest obstacle in achieving company growth goals will continue to be … Continued

Sales & Marketing Market Update Q2 2017

  This year marks an incredibly busy year for Sales and Marketing recruitment in Ireland. In the first two quarters, we have seen a number of international digital hubs expand their headquarters in Ireland, having a considerable impact on recruitment levels in the Sales and Marketing sector.   General Observations Throughout the first half of the year … Continued

Legal & Compliance Market Update Q2 2017

    General Observations Looking back at the second quarter we have noticed an increase in private practice activity and a reduction in the number of in-house roles vis-à-vis the first quarter. We expect this was due to law firms feeling more optimistic about the market in general and hence the decision to increase recruitment … Continued

Fund Services & Management Companies Market Update Q2 2017

    The funds market in Ireland continues to have an upward trajectory as we move into Q3. So far, this year the level of funds under administration stands at roughly €4.1 trillion. This is split between international funds that are domiciled in Ireland and abroad. This comes off the backdrop of Ireland solidifying its … Continued

Insurance Market Update Q2 2017

    General observations Now a year on from the historic Brexit decision and uncertainty still prevails in the Irish employment market. But are we more informed as to the impact specifically on the Irish Insurance sector? At the beginning of the year, expectations were high that the industry would experience both a flood of … Continued

Our picks: Top Networking Events in July

  We have made a short list of our top picks of networking events taking place this July. If you haven’t yet been tempted away for some Summer sun, there are some very interesting events taking place on home shores that are be worthwhile to take time out of your schedule to attend.   European … Continued

Understanding the Power of Introverts in the Workplace

  It’s easy to get convinced in a job interview that an extrovert candidate is the best fit for the position. But what if their introvert competitor is actually more suitable? Don’t dismiss a candidate because they might not have engaged as actively or discovered a shared hobby in the course of the conversation. Instead, … Continued

Why Should You Use a Recruitment Partner?

In our 2017 Salary Survey, we discovered that astonishingly 67% of organisations surveyed admitted they had lost talent in the interview to hire process as it was taking too long. Furthermore, 51% of professionals surveyed stated they had lost interest in a role due to lengthy hiring processes. With candidates being more selective with the jobs … Continued

5 Benefits of Hiring Temporary Staff Over the Summer

  Every hiring manager and HR professional knows that when the summer months arrive, it is a high priority to arrange cover of key employees that take annual leave. However, you don’t have to drain company resources or slow down productivity by taking on the burden of hiring temporary staff. Many temp agencies now offer … Continued

Why You Should Hire Athletes

  A recent survey has revealed that 95% of Fortune 500 CEO’s had high achieving sporting backgrounds. This statistic shines a light on the fact that people who have a background in sports, bring something extra to the workplace. A candidate with a background in sports is equipped with valuable skills that can’t be easily quantified or … Continued

5 Ways to Keep your Employees Motivated During the Summer

Focus and productivity doesn’t have to go out the window as soon as the summer arrives. Motivating staff is a key role that managers play in the supervision of their employees and during the summer months, it can become much more vital to keep productivity high and business moving. This can be a serious challenge for … Continued

Our Picks: Top Networking Events this June

  We have selected our top networking events for June. With the sunshine out, it’s the perfect opportunity for you to get out of the office and explore the networking events on offer this month.    IBA Broker Market Day Over 50 suppliers operating in the Irish market will be available to answer broker questions … Continued

Lincoln Proud Sponsors of the Irish Early Career Awards 2017

Lincoln Recruitment will team up again with Bank of Ireland to be joint title sponsor of the Irish Early Career Awards 2017. The Irish Early Career Awards provides an important opportunity to recognise and showcase high achieving young professionals as they progress on their career journey. Nominations will open in June for young professionals under … Continued

Congratulations to the Irish Law Awards 2017 Winners

We would like to say big congratulations and well done to the Irish Law Awards Best Dublin Law Firm 2017 winner; Reddy Charlton Solicitors (pictured below with John Macklin of Lincoln Recruitment). Held annually, the Irish Law Awards took place last Friday May 12th at the DoubleTree by Hilton and recognises excellence in Irish law and the Irish legal … Continued

Career Steps: How to change sector

  Most people are fairly relaxedabout changing jobs. But what about leaving not just your employer but your industry? As anyone with a few years’ professional experience will attest, it is not always easy to move from one sector to another even when you feel that you have covered all of the responsibilities in the … Continued

6 Steps to Improve Mental Health Understanding in the Office

  The stigma around mental health issues may be decreasing, but that doesn’t mean that it’s comfortable to find a job–or even keep one–while disclosing issues. In fact, many employees end up hiding mental health concerns out of fear that they will be labelled “unstable” or “unreliable.” With increased awareness about mental health and a … Continued

Our picks: Top 5 Networking Events this May

  We have selected our top 5 networking events for May. With major industry leaders taking part in events next month,  this is the perfect opportunity to explore and develop both career and business opportunities.   Digital Workplace Ireland Conference 2017 The Digital Workplace Ireland Conference 2017 will feature talks and presentations from Europe’s leading experts … Continued

4 Changes You Can Make to Speed Up Your Hiring Process

  Professionals are more in the driving seat today than ever before when it comes to choosing their next career move and the company they wish to work for. This is a concern for many employers as they strive to safeguard their high performers and continue to face stark talent shortages. Therefore, it is imperative … Continued

New Appointment – Owen Thomas Lincoln Recruitment Specialists

  Lincoln Recruitment Specialists are delighted to announce the appointment of Owen Thomas as a Senior Consultant in our Consultancy & Advisory Division. Owen brings over a decade of consultancy experience to the team having previously worked within the management consulting industry. Over the course of his career, Owen has delivered on mandates from Partner to Consultant … Continued

Our picks: Top Networking Events this April

We’ve rounded up our choice of the top networking events that are worthwhile taking time out for this April. These networks, events, and groups attract a lot of professionals across a variety of industries, looking to make similar, and more importantly, differing connections. See out top picks for this month below. Europe’s Changing Workplaces: An International … Continued

Top Tips for Networking for Senior Level Management Professionals

How Senior Managers Can Move to the Next Level: Operational, Personal and Strategic Networking According to Harvard Business Review (HBR), networking is among the most beneficial—and among the most daunting—activities for senior level managers at an inflection point in their careers.  As HBR notes: The reluctance to embrace networking is understandable.  For one thing, most professionals rise to the … Continued

New Appointment – Jasaon Kelly Lincoln Recruitment Specialists

  Lincoln Recruitment Specialists are delighted to announce the appointment of Jasaon Kelly as Head of IT Contracts in our IT Recruitment division. Jasaon will head up our IT recruitment division and manage our recruitment team covering Information and Digital Technology. With over 15 years specialising this sector, Jasaon will be bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to … Continued

New Appointment – Damien Curley Lincoln Recruitment Specialists

  Lincoln Recruitment Specialists are delighted to announce the appointment of Damien Curley as a Senior Consultant in our Marketing Division. Damien will head up our Marketing Division and brings over 8 years recruitment experience to the team. Damien has previously worked as part of the International Brand Marketing team for Jameson Irish Whiskey, in South Africa and … Continued

4 Tips for Employees for Successful Performance Appraisals

  Preparation and Participation are key for an effective review meeting. It’s hard to believe it’s already March, a month which signals to a lot of employees that performance reviews are just around the corner. This is not a practice which should be feared, the main reason for performance reviews are to help employees, provide feedback … Continued

Top Networking Events in Dublin this March

  If you are thinking of giving your career a Spring clean, check out our recommended networking events taking place in Dublin this March.  This is the chance to get out and mingle with professionals in your industry, build up your network and explore career opportunities.   The Talent Summit Dublin Founded by Sigmar Recruitment, the … Continued

2017 Engineering & Construction Salary & Employment Overview

  Market Overview 2016 was an exciting and industrious year in the Construction Sector. The Construction Industry Federation (CIF) reported that the sector is currently the biggest generator of jobs in Ireland, hiring at a rate of approximately 1,000 people a month. This has been largely driven by upsurges in activity, new orders and employment. … Continued

2017 Sales & Marketing Salary Survey & Employment Overview

  Sales & Marketing Market Overview 2016 marks an incredibly busy year in the Sales and Marketing recruitment market in Ireland. Throughout 2016, we have seen a number of international digital hubs expand their headquarters in Ireland, furthering the growth of the Sales and Marketing sector. During the year, Facebook committed to hiring 200 new … Continued

2017 Legal & Compliance Salary Survey & Employment Overview

  Legal Market Overview 2016 saw Irish Law firms recruiting normally again. By this I mean they replaced (or tried to replace) natural churn and sought to expand departments, rather than merely work their current staff harder as new instructions came in. The Effects of Brexit As we neared the end of Q2 and the … Continued

2017 Information Technology Salary Survey & Employment Overview

Information Technology Market Overview 2016 Overall, the labour market is definitely recovering, a fact that is easy to see in most domains. The evidence is there with regular announcements of growth in various sectors and job creation in others. There has been quantifiable data to support these signs: an increase in employment, a decrease in … Continued

2017 Human Resources Salary Survey & Employment Overview

Human Resources Market Overview With expansion and growth both high on the agenda for many companies as we move into 2017, talent attraction and retention is crucial to success over the next 12 months. Companies are expanding and a significant 56% of the organisations we surveyed are looking to increase headcount in the first 6 … Continued

2017 Practice, Advisory & Taxation Salary Survey & Employment Overview

  Public Practice Advisory & Taxation Market Overview The accountancy practice sector can be seen as a strong barometer for the overall health of the Irish Economy (since their clients, big and small, make up the Irish economy). Happily this year our survey, which is reflected in the broader economic data out there, suggests that … Continued

2017 Insurance Salary Survey & Employment Overview

  Insurance Market Overview 2016 Compared to previous years, the Irish Insurance market has received added media and public attention throughout 2016 for several reasons, both positive and negative. The subject of increased insurance premiums has been at the forefront of media and government attention this year. We have seen protests nationally against soaring insurance … Continued

2017 Funds & Asset Management Salary Survey & Employment Overview

  Funds & Assets Management Overview The Irish Funds and Asset Management market has had a strong year with funds, in particular, continuing their upward trajectory from the past few years. There is now almost 2 Trillion Euro in Assets Under Administration in Ireland. The accumulative increase has been almost linear since 2010, going from … Continued

2017 Banking & Financial Services Salary Survey & Employment Overview

  Banking & Financial Services Overview 2016 has been a hugely significant year within the Irish Banking and Financial Services sector. We have witnessed what many thought was unthinkable with Brexit being voted in and already certain arms of investment banks that were previously based in London have been relocated to Dublin and others are … Continued

2017 Accounting in Financial Services Salary Survey & Employment Overview

General Observations The Financial Services Accountancy market has experienced steady growth throughout 2016 as confidence continues to grow, bolstered by both market expansion and growth acceleration in this sector. This growth in confidence in the market has been reflected in candidates at all levels who are increasingly willing to explore and/or move jobs in order … Continued

2017 Executive Search Salary Survey & Employment Overview

  Executive Search Market Overview 2016 showed a continued steady increase in all CxO positions, especially CEO, COO and CTO positions. The continuing digital revolution has continued to propel senior IT professionals into Board positions as IT strategy remains mission critical for many organisations. With increasing growth and expansion in most sectors, there has been … Continued

2017 Accounting Industry & Commerce Salary Survey & Employment Overview

  Accounting Industry & Commerce Market Overview 2016 was another solid year in terms of the volume of industry accounting and finance roles that came to the market throughout the year. Employer demand for accountants remained steady as staff turnover in finance roles remained low and this was predominately due to natural attrition. During the year, … Continued

Top Networking Events in Dublin this December

  With Christmas on the way, it can be a great time to take advantage of the many social and networking opportunities that will help you build up and retain your professional network. We have put together our picks of the top networking events taking place in Dublin this December that may be of interest … Continued

Insurance Market Update Q3 2016

From a career and opportunity perspective, the insurance market is in a positive space and will continue on the upward trajectory experienced all through 2016. Insurance Market Overview Q3 Against the backdrop of Brexit, the Irish Insurance industry has come under increased public and media scrutiny. To date, we have seen a positive trend for … Continued

Funds & Asset Management Market Update Q3 2016

October has certainly been a busy month and Q3 has been 42% up on Q2 in terms of placements. Funds & Asset Management Market Overview Q3 saw an uptick in demand for the traditional mainstay of fund administration – fund accounting. As we alluded to in our previous market update, many Irish based administrators had won … Continued

Banking and Financial Services Market Update Q3 2016

People with crica 5 years restructuring/recovery experience are like gold dust at the moment and should take advantage of the situation while they can. Banking and Financial Services Market Overview The third quarter of every year is traditionally quiet to begin with and hectic towards the end of September with holidays taking the sting out … Continued

Legal Market Update Q3 2016

There was a marked increase in new in-house roles coming on board, at both the junior and senior end of the market. Market Overview The conclusion of the third quarter saw the busiest month of the year so far (September) come to an end. There was a marked increase in new in-house roles coming on … Continued

Construction & Engineering Market Update Q3 2016

The most in-demand roles in the third quarter of 2016 have been Mechanical and Electrical/ Building Services personnel, along with Quantity Surveyors, Contract Managers and Cost Managers.   Construction & Engineering Overview The third quarter of 2016 continued in the vein of the preceding months with the construction industry retaining high levels of hiring. The … Continued

Accounting and Finance Industry Market Update Q3 2016

Accounting and Finance Industry Market Overview Over the last three months our clients’ requests for qualified accountant CVs remains steady. Week on week our industry client base seeks our assistance on various finance opportunities. A noticeable increase in opportunities with indigenous companies and SME businesses is apparent, while recruitment for finance and accounting staff also … Continued

Accounting Practice Market Update Q3 2016

We are happy to report that almost all of the clients we are speaking with have seen growth in their business, we’re also pleased to see that a career in accountancy practice remains very attractive for (Irish) graduates.   Accounting Practice Market Overview Whilst recent post-Brexit skittishness may have taken some of ‘the shine’ off … Continued