As a recruiter in the South East, I have an insight in to the dynamics at play in the recruitment sector and hope to be able to provide you with straightforward and sound advice on how to best position yourself in the market and hopefully get back to work.
I began my career in Sydney, Australia, as a recruiter over 20 years ago. I have worked in Dublin and for the past seven years with Morgan McKinley (Premier/ La Crème) based in the South East offices. Over the years I have witnessed recruitment trends, the rise and fall of industries and the effect that this has had on both a professional and personal level.
Kilkenny has a unique employment profile. With its strong service focus, Kilkenny is a popular tourist and shopping destination. In addition we have a number of large call centres and the funds sector is also well represented. Unfortunately, Kilkenny has seen limited benefits from foreign direct investment, which means that we are very much relying on small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to provide employment locally. Glanbia continues to be a huge employer in the region and is one of a kind in terms of employment opportunities that it offers locally.
Once we have recognised the market dynamics, then we can go begin the think about the optimal way to find the best route back to employment. It could take two months or it could take six; either way, if you understand what you are up against, it will make your search much easier.
So who is employing? Wholesale and retail trade is the largest industrial sector in Kilkenny, employing approximately 15%, followed by health and social work 13.2%, manufacturing at 10.8%, agriculture, forestry and fishing at 9%. There has been a 10% increase in the number of people working in farming, 15% increase in computer and related activities. The most notable areas of decline are across the areas of construction, services and areas of traditional manufacturing.
My aim as Job Doctor is to answer your questions in relation to job hunting. I will attempt to answer as many as possible – some of the questions and answers will be published, so you should let us know in your email if you wish to remain anonymous.