2017 was a good year for jobs in Ireland with the unemployment rate dropping each quarter, and areas such as Finance and Pharma growing in Dublin and further afield.

For 2018, the outlook is similarly positive for jobs and employee salaries. Our 2018 Salary Guide reports moderate increases almost across the board, and a high demand for talent in the following sectors:

1. Funds & Finance

For the past few years Finance has been the industry to be involved in, and 2018 is no different. Continued Foreign Direct Investment and Home Investment is the root behind this “boom” with particular interest in Financial Services, Telcos & Fintech.

For accountants, regulatory reporting accountants are one of the newer niche roles in demand while in Funds you are in luck if you are specialised in: fund accounting, risk & control, depository, compliance and AML.

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2. Pharmaceuticals & Medical Device Engineering

The pharma industry is developing quickly in Ireland and as a result there are numerous new pharmaceutical companies, and jobs availble with innovative companies like Pfizer & Aerie Pharmaceuticals. Demand is high, which means pharma salaries are also rising.

Over the last year, Biologics has been the fastest growing sector within the pharmaceutical industry with several new start-ups and expansions taking place. Research and Development in the Medical Device space is another specialised area booming in Ireland, making it an exciting time to be a medical device engineer.

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3. HR

For a while the HR industry in Ireland had become a little stagnant, but for 2018 it’s set to boom. Attracting and retaining the best HR talent has become a key focus across all sectors and so businesses are now focusing on hiring the best HR professionals to retain and attract talent.

The most in demand HR jobs include: Talent Acquisition, Reward Specialists, Learning and Development, Organisational Design and Data Analytics. Overall the need for HR talent across the board is on the rise, with a significant increase in the number of businesses offering permanent contracts to attract the best of the best in the HR field.

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4. Marketing

Digital start-ups, SMEs & large multinational companies are all looking to grow their marketing presence to gain competitive advantage. More traditional sectors such as FMCG, financial services and pharmaceuticals are also seeking out skilled candidates. As a result, there is huge demand for expert marketing talent across the board, which doesn’t see any sign of declining in 2018.

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5. Language Jobs

The need for online support for a broad range of customers is increasing. In turn, the need for both EU and APAC language speakers are in demand.

We have noticed an increase in roles focused on supporting users, with companies such as Wish, as well as SMB customers within the Online Advertising Industry. Equally as exciting, we have also witnessed a dramatic increase in language job salaries across the traditionally hard to find languages as well as across the board for entry level language job positions.

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6. Temporary Office Support

Throughtout 2017, we noticed the need and demand for temp office support workers rising. There has been a significant uptake in our temporary office support division, with an increase of over 17% of candidates placed in temporary or contract roles since 2016-2017.

Office support salaries are rising with a lot of candidates taking short term contracts where the salaries are significantly higher than in permanent roles. Workers can then eventually achieve a higher salary when they move into a perm role.

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7. Technology

The tech sector is thriving in Ireland as a result of an increase of companies choosing Ireland as their EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) HQ, as well as a positive Brexit effect. There is a huge requirement in Dublin for UX/UI designers across both contract and permanent. Due to the shortage of these profiles, salaries are quite high.

Frontend/Javascript developers with frameworks (Angular, React, Ember etc.) are also sought after in the market, particularly on a contract basis. Looking further into the future those of you with skills in Advanced Analytics and Big Data will be much sought after. A prosperous and exciting time to be involved in tech.

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Elsewhere specialist areas are in demand across the board – from specialist lawyers and accountants to biotech engineers and GDPR experts.

Looking for a job outside of these sectors? There’s plenty of those too…

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Note: This article was originaly published on the 16th of September 2016 and has been completely updated for 2018.