In terms of investing in, and embracing digital leadership, Irish companies are at the top of their game, according to new research from Harvey Nash. A worldwide survey of nearly 4,500 CIOs and IT leaders, conducted by the tech recruitment specialists, found almost one third of Irish Organisations are operating with a Chief Digital Officer (CDO); well above the global average (25%).

With 29% of Irish companies now having a CDO in place, Ireland ranks ahead of the UK (27%), the USA (21%) and Portugal (20%).

In response to the findings, Sonya Curley, Managing Director, Harvey Nash Ireland states, “Irish organisations clearly understand that embracing digital leadership is integral to upholding their continued success and dominance in the tech industry. It is hugely encouraging to see that Irish companies are ahead of the curve when it comes to hiring strategically for digital leadership.” 

Digital Labour
Building on Ireland’s digital dominance, 37% of organisations in Ireland are actively investing in digital labour – 2% more than the global average and greater than both Germany (33%) and Canada (28%). This, along with the increase of CDOs in Irish businesses, highlights the desire to marry the digitisation of processes with the improvement of digital strategy in Ireland.

As Ms. Curley indicates, “Companies here are getting to grips with the idea that investment in digital labour helps rather than hinders business productivity, as it frees up time for workers to focus on more strategic tasks.” 

Job Security
Additionally, a mere 13% of Chief Intelligence Officers (CIO) in Ireland moved jobs within the last year, underlining the fact that CIOs in Ireland are enjoying a high level of job satisfaction, security and stability. Globally, this places Irish CIOs among the least likely to jump ship to another organisation, in comparison to their counterparts in Sweden (23%), Japan (16%) and the US (15%).

“Job security and retention are of vital importance to businesses, especially as the war for talent is so fierce,” states Ms. Curly. “That CIOs in Ireland are both comfortable and secure in their positions is a testament to the flourishing tech industry here and further proves Irish organisations’ prominence in digital leadership on an international level.” 

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