According to the ESRI, unemployment is expected to fall even further in 2019. The demand for top-level talent is immense and as a result, companies are offering good salaries, combined with benefits such as flexible working and clear upskilling opportunities to attract the best candidates.

In a recent Cpl candidate survey, a better salary was still cited as the number one reason for leaving a job, while having enough money was listed as the top worry for the Irish worker’s surveyed. When asked do you think you’re being paid your worth, over 67% of people answered no.

Assessing the Cpl 2019 Salary Guide, if a high paying salary is top of your career goals, specialising in an area is the best route to a wage in the €100k+ bracket. Depending on the industry you work in, contract work is also a potentially profitable career route.

Using data from our 2019 Salary Guide, we have gathered this year’s 9 best paying jobs across all the core industries operating in Ireland:

1. Executive Level Finance Roles €150k – €350k

Competitive benefits and salary packages are being offered to attract the best talent across the board within the finance industry. Top paying jobs include CFO and executive level jobs within funds & fund accounting, tax, transfer agency, compliance and trustee.

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2. Insurance – Chief Actuary €170k – €320k

A shortage of skilled actuary professionals in Ireland means salaries are likely to increase further in 2019. Senior level actuary roles will naturally pay more, but junior level roles such as newly qualified actuary still pay handsomely, with a new or nearly qualified actuary professional receiving within the range of €65-€85k annually.

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3. VP Procurement / CPO €190k – €260k

In procurement, there has been a shift in demand from indirect procurement experience to direct procurement experience, particularly within pharma and food. Procurement specialists are in demand across the board, with the highest paying positions including VP procurement, procurement manager and procurement director.

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4. Science – Site Director / General Manager €180k – €230k

The science industry in Ireland continues to grow, with more FDI announcements expected throughout 2019. Candidates with over 3-5 years of experience are in great demand and are becoming more challenging to fill as candidates have more options.

The highest paying in-demand roles within the science sector include site director and general manager, closely followed by VP of Quality Control (€180-€220k).

Interested in a new Science job? Browse Science opportunities 

5. Head of legal (large/multinational) €120k-€215K

Ireland’s legal market is strong, with a particularly busy compliance market and several new international firms setting up in Dublin as a result of Brexit.

Salaries across the board have been increasing, with the top paying positions being Head of Legal for large multinational companies, salaried partner and senior legal counsel with over 6 years of experience. The secretarial market is also an area of high demand, with company secretary salaries ranging from €35 – €100k.

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6. Chief Technology Office €150k -€200k

Companies are now looking for engineers and technical experts who are skilled in more than one area and are data-centric in their approach.

CTO is generally the highest paying role within the sector, while experienced solution & technical architects (€85-€110k) and Head of Analytics/Data Science/IT (€100-€150k) salaries are also on the up.

Contract work across the tech industry also continues to be well paid with rates from 380€ to €500 per day based on skill-set.

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7. Engineering – General Manager 80k-150k

Engineer job opportunities have become more diverse over recent years with an increased demand for engineers across manufacturing, services, technology, life sciences and medical device engineering.

The highest paying job within the sector according to our figures is General Manager, closely followed by Engineering Manager (70-90k+), Design Manager (45-100k) and Project Manager (55-100k) jobs.

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8. HR Director: €110 – €180k & Head of Compensation & Benefits €100k – €160k

The HR function is central to any company’s growth. Specialised roles such as those in compensation & benefits are seeing growth while the more traditional role of HR director remains one of the top paid jobs in Ireland.

Interested in a new HR job? Browse HR opportunities 

9. Marketing Director €100 -€150k / Chief Marketing Officer €100k – €160K

Marketing continues to play a crucial role in almost all businesses and sectors. This is being reflected in salaries.

Salaries for entry level marketing jobs are rising, but the highest paying jobs within marketing for 2019 are specialist, senior roles such as Marketing Director, CMO and Head of Online, specifically within finance and pharma/healthcare companies.

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Overall salaries are increasing, on top of these salary figures, it’s worth noting that companies are now offering a lot more benefits and perks to attract and retain the best talent.

Increasingly common benefits include flexible working options, ability to upskill, contemporary office spaces.

Want to learn about salaries in Ireland? Check if you’re being paid enough and read about job trends for the year by downloading our 2019 Salary Guide.