The tech recruiter Harvey Nash plans to expand with 100 new roles to become available in the company’s Dublin and Cork offices over the next two years. The expansion is said to be in response to demand from tech start-ups.
The company has grown in recent years. In 2013, Harvey Nash opened their new office in Cork. The company says it now hopes to make more use of its Cork office space, and that the new staff will be divided across both branches.
Forty of the company’s new jobs will be in the areas of recruitment and support services; the remaining roles will be spread across a number of the sectors that Harvey Nash caters to, including life science, technology, finance and banking.
Harvey Nash growing to respond to increased demand and a limited talent pool in Ireland
Harvey Nash said that there has been a significant increase in demand from these sectors. However, as Ireland offers a limited number of qualified candidates, traditional companies have found themselves in fierce competition with tech businesses to attract talent. The rapid success of many of Ireland’s tech start-ups, particularly those scaling up, puts further pressure on the limited pool of qualified employees available, as does competition from companies based overseas, with cities like London, Paris and Seattle drawing Irish talent.
Sonya Curley, managing director of Harvey Nash Ireland, explained that salary alone was not guarantee of finding the right candidates.
“Our research shows that while an attractive pay packet is extremely important, the opportunity to work on innovative projects and a better work-life balance also play a major role in an applicant’s decision to work for a company. With no sign of the talent shortage easing, employers must become more creative with their job offerings,” she said.