While an HR degree is not necessary, it is an advantage, as is the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) qualification. A list of CIPD-accredited programmes in Ireland is available on the CIPD website.
There are two relevant professional bodies: the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (a professional body for personnel and development in Ireland) and the Irish Institute of Training and Development (a professional body for human resource training and development in Ireland).
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.
This first quarter has been strong for HR recruitment with organisations looking at their teams and what they need, but they have had to move fast to hire the best candidates. 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.