Flexible working conditions become a priority among technology professionals...

Stephen O'Brien 17.10.2018

As Q3 comes to a close, our specialist recruitment teams have provided insight into the jobs market within the Technology sector.

In this Q3 Review, we will be looking at; an overview of the technology market in general, the most frequent roles placed across the country, highest paying roles our specialists have placed and some workplace insights surrounding flexibility, workplace wellness and workplace benefits. 

Throughout the past quarter, there has been a very positive sentiment across the market, with no adverse seasonal effects on the flow of jobs in technology. In particular, there has been a significant increase in the demand for Business Analysts, Security Specialists and Data Specialists. In terms of job announcements, SOTI are to create 150 roles in Galway, Microsoft announced they will open 200 new roles in Dublin, while two companies in the North of Ireland made significant announcements also; STATsports and Alchemy.

Most Popular Roles By Region:

Cork

  • Business Analyst  - A number of companies are kicking off major projects within the technology space and therefore are looking to hire not only permanent Business Analysts but also those for contract positions as well.
  • IT Security Specialists -  This has been a major area of growth this year as companies focus on creating and growing brand new teams in the area of security.
  • Application Support Analysts -  A number of technology companies are launching new versions of their products and therefore there has been an  increase in demand for  various types of software, hence leading to more support specialists being required. 

Waterford

  • Project Manager - There has been an increase in demand for this role across the region due to a number of key projects being launched within a number of multinational companies.
  • Web Developer - This ever popular role has seen a further increase in demand, primarily due to the expansion of teams within the technology space.
  • .Net Developer - This role has seen an increase in demand as companies add additional resources on to their project teams.

Limerick

  • ERP Consultants -  These consultants are in demand in order to facilitate system upgrades..Net Developer -  These roles have experienced a rise in demand, again, due to team expansion.
  • Project Manager - This role is popular at the moment as there are a number of new projects being launched within the technology space. 
     

Highest Paying Roles - Our Teams Have Placed

  • Director of Security in Technology at €120,000 Security Senior Manager in Technology at €100,000
  • Programme Manager in Technology at €100,000
     

Workplace Insights

Flexibility:
In the technology industry, software developers are more likely to receive some flexibility within their roles as these employees have the ability to work remotely effectively and the nature of their work can accommodate flexible hours. WithIn the industry, some trends which are starting to become more commonplace include flexi time around the core working hours of 10am to 4pm. Working remotely for part of the working week is becoming more common also. Employers are more focused on their overall output now rather than their employees adhering to very structured working hours

Workplace Wellness:
Workplace wellness is becoming more of a priority in the industry, with many companies offering onsite gyms, subsidised memberships for gyms, annual wellbeing weeks, wellness workshops with guest speakers and even the provision of healthy food on-site for employees. It still wouldn’t be as big a priority as the demand for more flexible working conditions but companies are definitely putting more of a spotlight on the area of workplace wellness overall. Once the flexible working conditions mentioned above become totally widespread then workplace wellness will be the next area that will become high priority and an area of focus. 

Benefits:
The benefits which are most frequently on offer by employers within the technology area include free healthcare for employees and their dependents, additional pension contributions, life assurance policies, work related bonuses, flexi-time, free parking and even educational assistance in some cases. One unique benefit which stood out from the rest  was that of wellness benefit - a once off payment of €800 for employees to use at their discretion towards a health resource of their choice. 

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