Technology and construction sectors offer 2020’s top jobs — Hays Ireland report.

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  • Hays Ireland has revealed the top ten job roles that employers in Ireland are looking for in 2020
  • Business intelligence (BI) analyst is most in demand role, followed by finance manager, DevOps engineer and quantity surveyor
  • The Hays Ireland Salary and Recruiting Trends 2020 guide revealed 92% of employers have experienced skills shortages in the last year
  • 28% of employers said shortages have negatively impacted business growth expansion, customer and client service (25%), and business development (24%)
  • Hays Ireland Managing Director Mike McDonagh: “It’s imperative that Irish businesses future-proof their workforce to avoid skills shortage and impact on business growth.”

Technology and construction sectors are offering some of 2020’s top jobs, according to new findings by Hays Ireland. Business intelligence (BI) analysts, DevOps engineers, and quantity surveyors are among the most in-demand roles for employers in Ireland this year.

Top jobs for 2020

  1. Business intelligence analyst (Information Technology /Digital Transformation)
  2. DevOps engineer (Information Technology /Digital Transformation)
  3. Software engineering lead (Information Technology /Digital Transformation)
  4. Quantity surveyors (Construction & Property)
  5. Site engineers (Construction & Property)
  6. Auditor (Accounting & Finance)
  7. Newly qualified accountant (Accounting & Finance)
  8. Commercial insurance underwriter (Insurance)
  9. Category manager and senior buyers (Procurement)
  10. Compliance manager (Banking)

Recruitment and skills requirements in Ireland

The new findings come as the Hays Ireland Salary and Recruiting Trends 2020 report, which surveyed 2,700 employers and employees, shows 92% of employers have experienced skills shortages in the last year.

The negative impact of skills shortage is far-reaching. 28% of employers say that skills shortages have negatively impacted growth expansion; 25% on customer and client service; and 24% on business development.

Interestingly, over a quarter of employers (29%) in Ireland do not think their organisation has the talent needed to achieve its current objectives.

Looking at skills shortages generally, the report shows 38% of employers are looking for skills in operations, 32% in managerial and leadership, and 18% in IT infrastructure.

78% expressed difficulty hiring permanent staff. The biggest challenges facing employers recruiting this year are a shortage of suitable candidates (64%) and competition from other employers (54%).  


According to Hays Ireland Managing Director Mike McDonagh: “Our new findings show a clear and continued demand for skills in technology and construction. Ireland experienced continued growth in these areas in 2019, and there are no signs of this slowing down in 2020.

“A strong economy and almost full employment mean recruitment is highly competitive and employees have an attractive choice of career prospects.

“Rapid digital technological advancements in the workplace have resulted in an increased demand for skills in these areas, but many employers require candidates who also have the communication, adaptability, and problem-solving skills that will enable them to achieve their business objectives.

“Our research shows that a lack of career progression was a key motivator for employees to change roles in 2019. This should be an area of focus for employers in Ireland as staff retention is key to business development and prosperity.

“We have also seen a real demand for positive work-life balance among potential employees. Building and promoting learning and development plans, as well as flexible working opportunities, should be vital aspects of a business hiring strategy.

“It’s imperative that Irish businesses future-proof their workforce to avoid skills shortage and impact on business growth.”

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About the report

The Hays Ireland Salary & Recruiting Trends 2020 guide provides insight into recruiting trends for the year ahead, including hiring plans, why employees are moving roles, and how salaries are changing in light of the ongoing market uncertainty.

Results are based on survey responses from nearly 2,700 employers and professionals working in a range of industries across Ireland. The guide also provides typical salaries for a range of job titles across 9 different sectors. 

About Hays

Hays plc (the “Group”) is a leading global professional recruiting group. The Group is the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide, being the market leader in the UK and Asia Pacific and one of the market leaders in Continental Europe and Latin America. The Group operates across the private and public sectors, dealing in permanent positions, contract roles and temporary assignments. As at 30 June 2019 the Group employed 11,500 staff operating from 265 offices in 33 markets across 20 specialisms. For the year ended 30 June 2019:

– the Group reported net fees of £1,129.7 billion and operating profit (pre-exceptional items) of £248.8 million;

– the Group placed around 81,000 candidates into permanent jobs and around 254,000 people into temporary assignments;

– 18% of Group net fees were generated in Australia & New Zealand, 27% in Germany, 23% in United Kingdom & Ireland and 32% in Rest of World (RoW);

– the temporary placement business represented 57% of net fees and the permanent placement business represented 43% of net fees;

– Hays operates in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Chile, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, the UK and the USA


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