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Salary Survey 2012

Friday, January 20th, 2012

2012 Salary Survey Released by Morgan McKinley

Morgan Mckinley have released the results of their 2012 Salary Survey.

The Salary Survey covers hiring and salary trends in the following sectors:

  • accountancy and finance Salaries
  • financial services Salaries
  • HR Salaries
  • IT Salaries
  • Legal Salaries
  • Sales & Marketing Salaries
  • Technical Salaries
  • Customer service Salaries
  • Secretarial & office support Salaries

The report confirms that the outlook is set to be very conservative for 2012 with the odd exception, such as the IT sector where growth looks relatively promising.

Download the full Salary Survey

The Salary report is based on the input of 584 senior managers across the sectors in the list above.

Prosperity win Eircom spider award. . . Again

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Congratulations to the team at Prosperity for winning an Eircom Spider Award.

Prosperity’s win was for “best listings site”. Prosperity were the only recruitment agency to be short listed this year. With attention on the NRF awards, it is in some ways surprising that more recruitment agencies did not go for the Spiders too.

Well done again for a job well done prosperity. Clearly happiness does work!

Website revamps for the recruitment awards

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Medical Jobs recruitment Agency Jackie Brown Medical have completely relaunched their website in time for the Recruitment Industry Awards, 3Q have been making progress with their SEO efforts this week.  It seems that awards time is a really good thing for the recruitment industry as everybody pulls out all the stops to get them one of the coveted awards.

Has anybody noticed any other major changes? Leave a comment and I will add to this article if you have any news or have made any changes to your recruitment website.

Recruitment Industry Awards Deadline

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

NRF awards 2011The deadline for submissions to this years NRF Recruitment Industry Awards is 5pm tomorrow.  Any agency wishing to participate would need to think about using a courier if they want to enter.

The National Recruitment Federation awards are THE highlight of the recruitment year.  While recruitment agencies watch each other continually, the awards offer a real mark of how well agencies are doing in relation to their competition.

This years Recruitment Industry Awards will be held on 25th November at the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin.  The awards are sponsored by The Irish Independent.

Good luck to all participants.

Recruitment Update

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

I have been very quiet for a long time on the subject of recruitment.  A lot has happened in my absence.  There have been recruitment agency deaths, takeovers and consolidations.  I don’t want to focus on the negatives too much.  There is far too much of that going around.

I am writing this post just to announce what I will be up to for the next while.

Return to free job posting imminent

I had started a free job board, but stopped the process part way through.  I will be re-visiting and some other job sites.  I will also be re-vamping this site (I think I’ll start with these disgustingly coloured headings – bright green in-case you are reading after I’ve already done it).  If anybody has any suggestions of what they would like to see happen on this site, please drop me a line by commenting on this post or emailing me (see contact page).

Tell us your recruitment news

As always, any news you have on recruitment, good or bad is always appreciated.  I am not beyond a plug or two in this news section.  If you have been innovative or are bucking trends let me know and I’ll help you shout about it.

I have read a lot of posts about how recruitment is changing.  My opinion is that it is only changing in response to the current economic climate.  The job of a recruiter remains the same, it’s just a little tougher than it was 5 years ago.

Recruitment Methods

Certainly there is a change in recruitment methods.  Social media has been widely adopted at this stage, particularly Linkedin.  The hype about social media has died down though.  It is now just another day to day tool for recruiters.  There also seems to have been a bit of a backlash against social media with people preferring to get more personal with their clients/candidates.  While I see social media as integral to recruitment today, I applaud this more personal approach.  I believe it brings about a more professional recruitment service, one that will stand to the industry as a whole going forward.

During the celtic tiger years recruiting was easy and standards across the industry as a whole got a bit sloppy.  Some recruiters were treating recruitment as a numbers game.  The demand for staff allowed for this “fling as many CV’s as you can” approach to succeed to some extent.  This is no longer the case.  Client companies are now able to demand and get the job done that they are paying for.  They can get a smaller list of targeted CV’s that cuts down their own workload.  They can expect recruiters to be able to talk them through each of the CV’s they have sent in.  This is how it should be.

Job Seekers

The quality of job seekers for positions has been becoming increasingly better.  This is due to the larger numbers of highly qualified candidates out there through job loss / insecurity.

The market is tough out there for job seekers.  For recruitment agencies that facilitate emigration business is booming.  There is a general backlash amongst businesses to buck recession trends though.  I have heard a lot of business owners mention the 80’s.  Companies survived through hard times before.  We have had and will have some more tough financial medicine, but there has already been a small return to growth in the exports market.  We may not return to the heady days of the celtic tiger, but business will continue to be done in this country.  It has to be done.  People have to survive, and that means more innovation and more creation.

Online Marketing

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Announcing the New Online Marketing Forum.  We are shouting about our latest resource for you.

Online Marketing is the life blood of recruitment agencies.  There is a massive thirst for knowledge out there.  To try and meet that demand Webshed have created a Online Marketing Forum.

The forum has boards for SEO, Online and offline marketing, Social Media, and PR.  The idea is that it will provide a place to ask questions in an anonymous manner.

SEO is a huge area in itself, and since SEO, Marketing, PR and Social Media all tie together, we at Webshed prefer to use the term holistic SEO.  The forum is broken into sections, but for a really good online presence all of the sections should be married together.

The Online Marketing Forum is very new.  As a result there little activity on it.  This will change.  I have just begun actively marketing the forum, and over the next few weeks it will see a spike in activity.  If you have a question or a comment do not be afraid to be the first to post.  After all, every forum has to start somewhere!

The Online Marketing Forum should be a good resource for recruiters who want to learn how to build both their own brand and the company brand online.  It is not just recruiters who will benefit.  Anybody with an online business can use the forum and benefit from free advice.

It is your forum, and will be very much user led.  Enjoy it.  Visit the Online Marketing Forum at

Returning to Recruitment

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Returning to Recruitment can be stressful

Returning to recruitment an easy task? Obviously… evidently not!

After nearly 5 years working in the Recruitment business and a further 17 month stint at “Motherhood”, returning back to the role I love so much would, at first glance, seem the most natural progression to getting yourself  ”back into the workforce”. The excitement of coming back to work and getting right back into the nitty gritty of meeting new people on both sides of the process was endlessly thrilling to me! Afterall… recruitment is recruitment right? Returning to recruitment is now, in 2010, NOT as simple as all that!

The first thing that hits me are words like Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter and… BLOG? I’m suddenly facing a fullforce training schedule on how to use these things on a day to day basis in my fabulous new recruitment role? You want me to write a what?? So here I am, day 2 and after what seems like a year of fear, here I am writing my first blog and all the time thinking how do I incorporate this into recruitment.. but I am told that everyone does it, so I’ll try my best!

What I face now, which for some reason I am quite looking forward to, is this strange new paper free environment with blogs and Tweets and Status Updates as opposed to “File, Print”! My connections, upon returning to recruitment, will no longer be squeezed into the address book at the back of my diary but rather in the form of Connections in Linkedin! I’ve had a look… admittedly, it looks good so who am I to object!

All in all, returning to recruitment looks good so far. I’m told that my fear of blogs will eventually go away.. eventually!

Irish Recruiters

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Declan Fitgeralds Hat Tip Award

Declan Fitzgerald, the Microsoft recruiter who started of the Irish Recruiters group on Linkedin decided to hold his own Recruitment Awards over the Christmas period.

Dubbed the Irish Recruiters Hat Tip awards, Declan asked for nominations from the pool of over 1,000 members of the Linkedin Group.

You can check out the results for yourself.

While there are several recruitment agencies and individuals mentioned in the awards, it is unfortunate that being the organiser, Declan could not be mentioned himself.

Declan is a massively keen social media exponent.  It is perhaps not surprising, since he is an in-house recruiter for Microsoft, that he is somewhat obsessed by technology – not that I can talk!  Thus the awards focuses solely on the use of technology and ability to adapt to technology by recruiters.

I don’t know of any other recruiter who has managed to grow a linkedin group so successfully.  In fact Declan’s impact on the recruitment industry was such that, after he organised his first conference for recruiters, there where whispers that he was trying to take over from the National Recruitment Federation.  This is absolutely not the case, but it is a strong indicator of the ground breaking work he was doing bringing Irish recruiters together.

The Irish Recruiters group came about at a time when the Irish Recruitment industry was just waking up to the potential of Social Media for Recruitment.  The first tentative steps were being made, and everybody was hungry for information on how to use it without time wasting.  Declan saw the opportunity and acted on it.

So Declan, here’s a hat tip back at you!

No news is good news

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Ok, so saying “no news is good news” is a lousy cop out for neglecting the posts on this blog.

The truth is that I have been spending more time on my seo blog.

Recruitment News had a nice Christmas.  Hope you did too.

In fairness though, there has not been a lot of news in recruitment over Christmas.  Another agency (which I had never heard of before) bit the dust.  There is some more news, but I’m saving it for later when I have a bit more time to write.  I’ll try and get around to it this evening.

I have also conducted a small experiment in blogging.  I’m sure you are all aware that it is necessary to keep blogging regularly in order to keep your blog at the top of the pile.

Well I decided to see just how often you need to blog, and how long it takes to regain lost places in the Google rankings.  It turns out that a newish blog like the SEO one lasts only about a week before slipping at least 4 places.  A more established blog will fare better.  It will still slip, but not as much or as fast.

It took me three posts on three successive days to regain my position.

The moral of the story…. my new years resolution is to blog daily.  I may not blog on every blog every day, but I won’t be leaving it for more than a few days between posts.

I have noticed during my surfing that many of you have corporate blogs.  Some of them have not been updated in months.  Why is that?  I’m not going to spend more than five minutes on this one.  Plus, once you get into the habit it gets easier.  Nominate somebody (or some people) to write your blog.  Schedule it.  Mary blogs on Mondays, Trevor on Tuesday, Charlene on Wednesdays etc.  Remember too that if you are using wordpress you do not have to publish the post straight away.  Sometimes, if I get into the swing of writing, I write several and only publish one on the day.  The rest I keep for another day.

As you will have seen from this and many other blogs, you do not have to stay on-topic all the time.  This post has very little to do with Recruitment News, but you will notice that I still managed to mention it!

I’ll be mentioning blogging in my next post too.  Here’s another blogging tip.  If you write several posts on the same/similar topics in succession, they tend to do better in the Google ranking stakes.

Happy new year to you all and happy blogging.

P.s. I am always looking for Recruitment News.  If you work for an agency and have any news (however small it may be) I have no problem plugging it here if I think it may be even vaguely interesting

Web 2.0 Cloud computing in recruitment

Friday, November 27th, 2009

Got a headache with your servers.  Take one Cloud computing pill to relieve tension

Here is the thing.  You can have a server with your entire database on it.  You have to back it up, have redundancies in place, ensure it is physically secure, keep the hardware and software on it up to date, protect it from power outages or spikes.  It’s an expensive thing to run if it is done properly.

That is why, increasingly, recruitment agencies are turning to hosted software.  The company that provides your recruitment software keep the server.  They are responsible for backing it up, keeping it running smoothly, and keeping it up to date.

It runs over the internet.  This is cloud computing.  Your software and database are “out there” in the cloud that is the internet.  Obviously there is a server involved, but you don’t need to know about it.  All you have to do is log into your software.

The result.. no headaches.  Don’t have an IT team.  Not a problem. You pay to have somebody else worry about it.

The benefits:-

  1. Reduced staff (You can reduce your IT team)
  2. Lower cost desktops.  Your desktops will only need an internet connection.  They will not have to have any hefty, resource draining software running on them.  In other words, you don’t have to buy higher end machines.  You just need a good internet connection.
  3. Offices split over several locations do not need complicated VPN tunnels set up to communicate between several servers.  Again, all you need is an internet connection.
  4. Lower Maintenance bills for your hardware and software.  Computers need regular attention to keep running smoothly.  Using a cloud solution makes that someone elses problem.
  5. If your business burns down you can be up and running again as soon as you have a working PC and an internet connection.
  6. It is much harder for data theft to take place on your premises (nobody can plug a USB key into your server and download your database)
  7. Someone to shout at.  It’s nice to have somebody else to give out to if everything is not running entirely smoothly.  You will have a whole team of them to work on getting it right.

The Disadvantages:-

  1. The cost is higher from your provider (but this should still work out less expensive than having to upgrade your own server).  Have you virtualised your servers yet?  That will be done for you.
  2. Lack of control.  You give up some of the control you have over your systems.  In general you will be giving control to people who are better qualified to look after them anyway.
  3. High bandwidth requirements.  While you can be extremely portable (particularly if you use Voice over Internet for your telephony), the internet connections needed for each staff member and for voice calls will use up a considerable amount of bandwidth.  A 3 meg broadband connection may be ok for general occasional browsing, but you are likely to need considerably more.  If you are based in the center of one of our metropoli then this is not a problem (apart from the expense), but outside our major cities broadband speeds are still embarrassingly low and can’t cope.  Even where higher broadband speeds are offered. The actual speed often falls far short.
  4. Online security.  While it will be in the hands of your provider, by using online services security will never be as good as a closed system.  Then again, if you have a wireless network then your security is not great anyway.  If you have not upgraded your security from the Eircom default you can be hacked in under a minute!  Still, If you want total control over your security then you need to keep your servers under your own roof.
  5. You have no say in who your service provider hires.  If you hire your own IT personnel then you know what you are getting.  You can check references, look at their linkedin profiles, facebook and see who has recommended them.  You build a bond of trust and loyalty with your employees.  That is all out of your control with a cloud based recruitment system.

Ready to take a further plunge into Web 2.0?  Some of you have already!