2017 is now in full swing, the on-goings of 2016 are a distant memory, however many things stay the same.
The Healy-Reas are still fond of a few “mind-boggling” theories, Ireland continue with their miserable Eurovision performances and Morgan McKinley's very own Darragh McCarthy never fails to impress with his same coloured shirt and sock combination (even on causal Friday). That being said, within all these similarities, there is of course many changes. Without divulging into the negatives, one of the most positive changes of 2017 was the recent surge in employment opportunities within Limerick and the Mid-West region of Ireland.
According to the latest figures released by the CSO, Limerick and the Mid-West are presently the fasting growing region in Ireland in terms of employment. Due to this Morgan McKinley decided to send it’s very best to investigate this matter. Unfortunately Dan Hoctor wasn’t available so I had to make do with Michaela Browne, Ireland’s top Production and Operations recruiter within Ireland's largest Supply Chain team.
A trip to Limerick is always eventful, although I would normally associate such a trip with some fine dining and the occasional glass of chardonnay but this trip was business only. My trusty sidekick and I met with four clients on the day across a variety of sectors. The compelling optimism displayed by each client was great to see and we echoed their sentiments in abundance.
We began our day with a visit to one of Ireland’s most progressive medical device companies to discuss a Senior Process Excellence Engineer opportunity in-which Michaela is sourcing for. From this meeting it was clear that this particular position is a fantastic opportunity for someone with strong lean and continuous improvement experience to gain invaluable experience in one of the world’s top medical device organisations.
After an in-depth tour of the client’s facility, our meeting came to an end. Up next, a visit of my own and opportunity to introduce a little bit of Fleetwood Mac to our journey. From my own point of view, I have never had more live jobs to work within the Health & Safety industry. With locations varying from Dublin to Limerick, Cork to Galway the general consensus is that the Health & Safety industry is improving and headcount is increasing. Within many of the live roles I am currently recruiting for there is an opportunity for an EHS Officer to join a market leading Environmental Service provider based within Limerick. After a comprehensive meeting discussing everything from future hiring plans, current interview processes, Lions Tour selection our visit came to an end and the dynamic duo were on the move again.
We finished up the day with another two visits but a notable grievance became apparent across all our visits. Limerick based companies have the constant struggle to attract and retain the best talent. I found this slightly surprising considering the location of LIT and UL. That being said the struggle to attract and retain the best talent is also understandable. When you divulge deeper into the workforce make-up of the area it’s clear to see that the vast majority are natives of the area. This is in contrast to Dublin and Cork with both cities having quite a diverse and multicultural workforce due to the ease at which European countries can be reached from both airports. Furthermore, the majority of individuals looking to move to Limerick are previous natives hoping to relocate home.
The same can be said regarding oversea candidates who tend not to consider positions outside of Cork or Dublin. This can be mainly put down due to abundance of Multinational organisations in either location but traction within Limerick is slowly but surely picking up. Recently Limericks very own Limerick Leader have published reports of IDA Ireland's proposal to construct an advanced three-storey complex in the city, with the hopes of securing overseas investment and the creation of up to 150 jobs conveying the optimism within the area.
Ultimately, there’s a new found optimism across Limerick and it’s turning a lot of heads, nationally and internationally. The main focus is now aimed towards ensuring Limerick companies retain the dynamism, hunger and competitiveness that has made the county a great success story within the Irish economy in recent times. So that’s exactly what myself and my colleagues in Morgan McKinley are looking to do. Whether you want to be a stone throw away from the home of Irish rugby or the thoughts of brushing shoulders with celebrities such as Willie O’Dea is enough to entice you consider opportunities in Limerick then we want to speak with you. If Limerick isn’t to your fancy then that’s okay, we have roles nationwide across Engineering, Supply Chain and Science to cater to everyone’s needs.