Local recruitment company reports strong job growth in first half of 2011

Data released this week by the Galway-based Collins McNicholas Recruitment and HR Services Group, one of Ireland’s leading recruitment firms, has revealed significant job growth in the first half of 2011 with the number of job vacancies registered with Collins McNicholas in 2011, 58 per cent higher than it was in the first half of 2010.

Collins McNicholas has seen growth in the numbers of jobs registered across all the five regional offices so far this year. Although total employment is forecast to decline this year again, there is a strong demand by industry for a range of qualified people.

In particular, demand for experienced engineers across the medical technologies and pharmaceutical sectors has been particularly strong.

Experienced science professionals have also been in demand across the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors.

The software industry has also bounced back with a large increase in the number of roles for software developers, again across all regions.

Commenting on these trends, Colman Collins , Managing Director of the Group noted that the recovery in the multinational sector and in the exporting companies in the indigenous sector is one of the few bright spots in the Irish economy .

“The dynamism in these sectors is clearly borne out by the increase in the number of jobs which Collins McNicholas were asked to fill by new and existing client companies in 2011. The increased number of job vacancies year to date also reflects recent market commentary relating to a significant pick up in the export sector in 2011,” Mr Collins said.

According to Michelle Murphy, regional manager of Collins McNicholas, “as Ireland emerges from economic global recession, increased numbers of high quality graduates in the biotechnology, biopharma, software and engineering fields will be sought by industry.” Highly skilled graduates will act as a magnet for attracting foreign direct investment and will also help indigenous companies innovate and compete in emerging high tech global markets.

The Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group is this year celebrating 21 years in business and works closely with a range of multinationals and indigenous companies in Ireland. It is headquartered in Galway and have a nationwide presence with offices in Dublin, Cork, Sligo, and Athlone.


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