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“Why do you want this job?” Candidates often make the mistake of providing a generic, simple answer for one of the most commonly asked interview questions, For instance, some candidates may respond with, “I want a new challenge” or “because you seem like a good company to work for”. These are answers the interviewer has heard numerous times before. The interviewer wants to know why you want...

There has been a prevailing sense of optimism in Ireland in recent months. The economy continues to grow, and the UK’s decision to leave the EU has led to the prospect of numerous opportunities for Irish organisations in the months to come. This is reflected in employer outlook for business activity in the year ahead. Our Hays Ireland Salary & Recruiting Trends 2018 guide...

In my previous blog, I discussed the overriding sense of optimism for the year ahead which we have seen amongst Irish organisations. Our Hays Ireland Salary & Recruiting Trends 2018 guide shows that nearly three-quarters of employers plan to hire staff in the next 12 months, and the vast majority expect business activity levels to increase or stay the same. Skills...

It doesn’t matter what you do for a living, the fourth industrial revolution, combined with a more globalised, competitive world, is changing the way we all work – both now and in the future. We must all be prepared for more change during our careers in the next five to ten years than we’ve ever managed through before. However, despite the more sensationalist headlines predicting the demise...

Opportunities in Civil and Structural engineering are on the rise as Ireland’s construction industry continues to go from strength to strength. However, the effects of the recession are still having an impact on consultancies struggling to find the talent they need to keep up with the increased workload. In 2007, a total of 16,014 students enrolled in construction related courses, at the...

Digital Marketing is on the rise in terms of both sophistication levels and global acceptance, and the scope for different businesses and brands to interact with their target market is boundless. With 2017 unsurprisingly being the most active year for digital to date, companies need to start incorporating these new trends in their strategic planning process for 2018 in order to attract and...

Health & Safety in the construction industry in Ireland has changed markedly over the last 15 years, the CIF Health & Safety Week (23rd-27th October) is just one strong indication of how attitudes have changed. Checklists and compliance reports have been replaced by a focus on embedding a safe working culture and the promotion of the positive impacts on people’s lives. Today,...

Improving healthcare outcomes through science and innovation is the common goal for Ireland’s life sciences start-ups, small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and big pharma corporates alike. If this is what connects them, then there is plenty to set them apart, not least when it comes to workplace culture and the attraction and retention of talent.  Attracting talent from big pharma...

Does it have a negative impact on your career? In short, no it doesn’t. While there are many negative perceptions, our recent research shows that improved work-life balance could have a positive impact on a professional’s productivity and make it easier to pursue their next career step. Results from our Hays Ireland Gender Diversity Report 2017 show 75% of women believe...

Differences in gender pay is a constant topic of discussion, particularly in the UK with the first instance of mandatory gender pay gap reporting coming into force in April 2018. Even though salary discrepancies have narrowed, recent research shows that there are still large pay gaps occurring in senior procurement roles. Considerable pay gaps within senior procurement roles Within...

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