Survey finds salary expectations are on the up for 2015

A national survey carried out by one of Ireland’s leading recruitment agencies found that salary expectations among employees are getting higher, with 61 per cent of respondents saying they expect an increase in salary in 2015, up from 42 per cent in 2014. Matrix Recruitment Group, founded in Ireland in 1998, with offices in Athlone, Dublin, Galway, Waterford, and Carlow, surveyed 600 employees across a wide range of position types and industries.

Of the 600 respondents, 64 per cent are from the Dublin/ Greater Dublin area, 20 per cent are Munster based, with 10 per cent from Connacht; 33 per cent are in management positions and 28 per cent are in senior/ specialist roles; with respondents from a wide range of salary brackets - 75 per cent of respondents are earning up to €55k and 11 per cent are earning over €100k.

Some 74 per cent stated that they are planning on changing jobs to achieve an increase in salary in 2015, however 62 per cent stated they would remain in their current employment if their employer counter-offered with a higher salary.

Kieran McKeown, founder and CEO of Matrix Recruitment Group stated “Due to the improved economic forecast we are seeing more movement in the jobs market across all regions and in particular in the 25-44 year age bracket. Our survey confirms this. Out of the 600 respondents, 73 per cent were aged between 25-44 years and are at the stage where they are looking to progress and in turn, increase their salaries.

“The findings demonstrate that this year across the board employers will need to be prepared for more restlessness in the workforce, and that there are definite indications that salary increases are back on the agenda for the first time since 2008. We are working with clients and candidates in a wide range of sectors, and are achieving a fine balance in matching candidate expectations with prospective employers’ budgets and packages. The main challenge remains matching the right candidates to the right organisation. No organisation wants to hire someone who only matches the salary level on offer, and in particular with the Generation Y and Millennium employees looking for more of a work/ life integration, we believe benefits will play an even bigger role going into the future.”

The survey found that nearly 40 per cent of employers are making pension contributions, and over 30 per cent of employees receive more than the statutory annual leave with a similar percentage receiving health insurance provided by their employers.

Breda Dooley, manager of Matrix Recruitment’s Athlone branch said, “Across all sectors we are seeing first hand that benefits packages have dramatically improved in the past year in particular with management positions and senior/ specialist roles. Employers are offering an increased range of benefits such as flexitime, job sharing, and work-from-home options, educational assistance and life assurance - benefits that were really diminished during the downturn. Employers know that to attract, and to retain good people, they will need to offer more rounded work/ life packages.”

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