Within the last quarter there has been great demand for relevant talent in dealing with the new GDPR regulations set to come in on 25 May. The regulations surround data protection and have sent many companies looking for the relevant hires in IT, legal, marketing, projects and business transformation. Many have recruited permanent Data Protection Officers while others have given short-term contract roles to GDPR specialists.

A report by employment monitor Morgan McKinley Ireland  has found that the most in demand positions include fund accountants, compliance managers, senior business analysts, in-house solicitors, manufacturing engineers and regulatory affairs specialists. Elsewhere the most valued multilingual roles are inside sales representatives with German and Dutch being the most sought after languages. Other sought after roles outside of the above categories include the aforementioned data protection officers as well as project and programme managers.

Though the new GDPR regulations have not yet been introduced Morgan McKinley Ireland expect steady opportunities in the above areas. A greater focus on administration such as data management and record maintenance is expected as the various companies and industries get used to these new regulations. These companies and industries cover every sector of Ireland’s diverse tech economy including IT, financial services, banking, marketing, online and pharmaceuticals.

The number of available professional job vacancies has increased nationally by 1.8% since February. The report also stated that there was an 8.9% reduction in the number of professionals seeking new roles in March. Elsewhere 10.4% was the reduction in the availability of professional jobs in March when compared to the same month in 2017. Trayc Keevans, the FDI Director of Morgan McKinley Ireland said: “There were a number of factors impacting on professionals searching for new opportunities last month. There was also a noticeably reduced level of job search activity during the period of severe weather conditions at the beginning of March, as well as the Easter season. Looking ahead, Ireland is now within striking distance of full employment. As we approach that point, we will see further tightening of the labour supply and more competition for skilled staff.”

The Morgan McKinley Irish Employment Monitor measures the pulse of the Irish professional jobs market by tracking the number of new job vacancies and new candidates within the Republic of Ireland each month. See www.morganmckinley.ie for details.

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