Global mobility prevalent in the engineering sector in Q3

Eleanor Collins 18.10.2018

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


In this Q3 Review, we will be looking at; an overview of the engineering 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. 

Contracting Jobs opportunities are plenty in the engineering jobs market right now, but the correct candidates are hard to find as employers expectations are high. There is a great deal of global mobility in the market. People within the industry are consistently moving overseas for mechanical design roles - Canada in particular is a very attractive location for these professionals at the moment. Most companies are very open to the sponsorship of overseas talent, which in turn has a knock-on effect by way of delays with Visa processing. This quarter also presented a significant volume of senior quality job opportunities, primarily in the Dublin market. Permanent roles are also on the increase, whereas fixed term contract roles are not as attractive across the board as previously.
     In terms of job announcements, pharma company MSD revealed that they will create 170 new roles in Carlow which will appeal to a variety of graduates including engineers. As well as this, Galway supplement business Revive Active are set to open a new 10,000 square foot facility in Mullingar. This will hence allow the company to take back their manufacturing operations from a Welsh facility which they outsourced them to. Earlier in the quarter, manufacturing firm Mallaghan Engineering unveiled their five-year expansion plan, which will see them recruit 210 new staff in their headquarters in Dungannon, Co.Tyrone, in the areas of engineering and manufacturing. 

Most Popular Roles:

  • Automation Engineers at all levels as there has been an increase in the demand and expansion of products demand.
  • Mechanical &/Or Electrical Design Engineers with specific product and industry experience. who will compliment the client demand for products.
  • Quality Engineers/Analysts/Senior People Managers -  These support the demand for products manufactured and dispersed, both nationally and globally.
  • Contract Positions: Process/Project Mechanical and Electrical Engineers for 6 months contracts and more.
  • Mid to senior level Maintenance Technicians or Leads with a mix of electrical and mechanical backgrounds.

Highest Paying Roles - Our Teams Have Placed

  • Senior Quality Assurance Manager in Pharma at €95k
  • Industrial Project Engineer in Manufacturing at €65k
  • Electronic Design Engineer in Automotive at €65k
  • Senior Quality Engineer in Medical Device at €70k

Workplace Insights


There is a large volume of opportunities to work from home in Q3. This is primarily down to companies expanding their manufacturing outside of Ireland using Chief Marketing Officers and virtual set ups for the Quality management. Flexible working hours are increasingly a deciding factor for professionals moving company.

Workplace Wellness

Workplace Wellness is getting noticeably more widespread in the sector, especially among employees who are more family orientated. The younger generation of engineers don’t seem too concerned with it. Some workplace wellness activities which are common place in the engineering sector include team building days, healthy eating initiatives including fruit baskets, company walks, subsidised activities, races, cycling events, longer lunches in order to exercise, 1 weeks extra holidays after 5 years in the company and 2 years extra paid holiday after 10 years. Corporate Social Responsibility weeks for charity events are also encouraged among employees. Some companies even offer one personal day per quarter to employees to relax and family days where you can bring your family to work.


The basic benefits which are frequently on offer to engineering professionals include Bonuses, Pensions (matched up to 12%), 21 days minimum annual leave, and healthcare for employees and their families. Some extra benefits which are coming into play include sign on bonuses - which are more and more frequent to make up for the bonus they are leaving behind in their current employers, extra holidays, more overtime for contracting, equity in business, flexible working hours to accommodate home life and also relocation within Ireland.

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