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BOI create 250 jobs in Belfast

26 July 2007 | Ireland | 3 Responses

Bank of Ireland (www.boi.ie) have announced their plans to expand their base in Northern Ireland, namely in Belfast. 150 jobs will be in the investment funds side, “to service the offshore alternative investment funds market” (what ever that means). The other jobs will be for expanding existing operations in the north.

BOI

Here is a picture of a USB stick they were giving away to students in the UK. Funky isn’t it ?

Quick Talk July 26th 07

26 July 2007 | Ireland | Comments Off on Quick Talk July 26th 07

Good morning all, here are some quick news picks this morning on the jobs/business front:

  • Ryanair (www.ryanair.com) have announced that they are going ahead with their Belfast expansion, and they have plans to create 270 new jobs. The new flights will be between Belfast City Airport and East Midlands, Glasgow and Liverpool all starting from November. [source].
  • Gordon Brown has hinted that there might be a reduction in the Northern Ireland minimum wage. He wants to set the minimum wage at 5.35 across the UK. This will lead to a reduction in NI, Scotland, Wales and the north east of England. This I’m sure will be one decision that won’t be welcomed with open arms. [source]
  • Hotels in Ireland had a bad year last year. The article states that the average hotel room in Dublin in 2006 cost €136. Profits on hotel rooms was down from 18.3% in 2004 to 17.1% in 2006. [source]
  • IT Skills Lacking , is what an article from Siliconrepublic (www.siliconrepublic.com) is saying this morning. More and more higher IT professionals are having a hard time finding top quality IT candidates. Also many companies (1 in 3) cite their high employee turnover as a leading problem for their business. Talent Partners www.talentpartners.ie (who commissioned the report) have said that 79% of companies said they need to improve the “way identify, hire and retain high performers” and 15% rate themselves as poor or very poor at it. [source]. It also doesn’t look like the number of candidates will change, according to this. What does this mean for the Irish IT industry ? Here is another example from an Irish companies blog.

Interestingly none of last four people that we hired to the consulting group came from Ireland. There were two from the UK, one from Canada and one from Malaysia. Why is that? Because we can’t find qualified people in Ireland.

news bytes from today

Now it’s time for some chocolate for breakfast this Thursday morning.

Housing slow down may cost 35,000 jobs

25 July 2007 | Ireland | Comments Off on Housing slow down may cost 35,000 jobs

via the Irish Examiner

UP TO 35,000 jobs may be lost by the end of 2008, while the Exchequer’s tax take will be down more than €1 billion as the housing market goes through a serious correction.

Davy Stockbrokers (www.davy.ie) has warned in a new report that the sharp reversal in housing will see 65,000 homes built next year, down from 80,000 this year and 88,000 in 2006.

I wonder what the CIPD will say about this, as last week there were quoted as saying there would be no job losses .

Irelands newest tax

25 July 2007 | Ireland | Comments Off on Irelands newest tax

There has been a bit of talk in the halls of Leinster House recently over the new tax that aims to clean up to 500 tonnes a year of rubbish off our streets. It also makes up to 25% of the litter on the streets and on Grafton street an estimated 180,000 individual pieces of it were removed. So what is it ?

Chewing Gum in Ireland

This is the problem of used pieces of chewing gum destroying the look of our streets. John Gormley from the Green Party and also the newish environment minister warned that Ireland may impose a 10% levy on the food item.

We here think this is a great thing, but also think it’s not enough. The levy which could make up to €4 million, will be used for clean up purposes. But is it stopping the problem ? People aren’t going to stop buying chewing gum in the same quantities because it costs 6 cents more. Maybe the government should supply more bins and introduce (and impose) fines for those who spit out their gum on the streets. Or maybe we should go along the lines of what Singapore did in 1992, and banned it totally ?

Ireland helps Polish Unemployment Rate

24 July 2007 | Ireland | 4 Responses

maybe the headline is a bit too sensationalised … but it’s true. 😉
The Polish government has released their latest unemployment figures, and it’s now down to 12.4%. In June there was a total 1.9 million Polish who were unemployed which is a 90,000 decrease from May this year. This time last year Poland had an unemployment rate of 15.9%. Unemployment has also fallen as hundreds of thousands of Poles have left the country to take jobs in Britain and Ireland since the country joined the European Union back in 2004.

polish flag

The Poles are the largest non-Irish group living in Ireland, with numbers around 130,000. Even Fás.ie has some of their site in Polish (they also information in Czech, Estonian, Greek Cypriot, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Slovakian, Slovenian) . To our Polish readers in Ireland we say “Witajcie” which means welcome.

Irish Recruitment Blogs

23 July 2007 | Ireland | 8 Responses

Irish Recruitment Blogs

We are always interested to hear of Irish companies (especially recruitment ones) who have blogs, and here is a new one, from Osborne Recruitment (http://osbornerecruitment.blogspot.com). Sadly they didn’t go for an on-site approach, instead they went for Blogger’s “out of the box blog”. Their first post is a rather bland introductory one but we’re sure they will get into the swing of things soon. 😉

On another note the Irish Recruitment Blog by Ivan , also on blogger, (http://jobireland.blogspot.com/) posted for the 2nd time this year, and listed the Premiere Group as the nicest recruitment office in Ireland. Ivan has some interesting ideas when it comes to promoting open job positions, and includes tips about Google Adwords and search engine targeting.

Prosperity.ie has a blog located at http://blog.prosperity.ie/ . Again this is one that we’ve just come across, but we will be keeping an eye on it. Prosperity specialise in media, marketing and sales jobs, which might be the reason as to why they have chosen to use a blog to get more traffic to their website.

Krishna De’s blog at http://www.krishnade.com/blog/ has many great tips on everything from Employer Branding to Talent Management. She has a world of information, and we plan to get through it over the next few months. Her latest article “Which Social Networking site should you choose” has some great incites as to what employers do when researching their candidates.

International Recruitment Blogs

And another we’ve started reading today (btw. with great videos) is located at http://romulusbalazs.wordpress.com/ (site no longer active)

Other Blogs

If anyone knows of any more recruitment agencies/companies or work related blogs for Ireland, do let us know.

About Business Blogging

And if you don’t already have a blog for your recruitment company, or for any company you run, you should check out the advice available at BetterBusinessBlogging (www.betterbusinessblogging.com), and if you want a blog you can contact BlackDog.ie (www.blackdog.ie), who run this one for us. Or a good resource for starting blogging is PreBlogging.com.

Possible Job losses in the Construction Industry

23 July 2007 | Ireland | 1 Response

The Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD www.cipd.co.uk/branch/ireland ) has come out today to say that it does believe massive job losses are on the cards, if the expected slow down occurs in the housing market. But on the same line they have in this article on their website that states jobs being advertised in Ireland has fallen from 10% to 6%. It continues to say that in Ireland there are an estimated 13% of companies who are seeking workers (this is down 3%). The construction sector in Ireland is a large industry which has almost 15% of the Irish workforce.

Building Site

So are the CIPD just spouting some random nonsense into to get a news headline ? We think so. Their spin on the whole ‘expected housing market fall’ is that it won’t effect jobs. But anyone with 1/2 a brain knows that it will. Less money for house will certainly mean that there will be fewer of them being made. David McWilliams wrote at the weekend about the worrying new trend in Ireland where a high percentage of new buyers are going for a fixed rate mortgage. He says

“As the housing market continues to fall, these poor people facing negative equity have the cold comfort of a fixed-rate mortgage.”

It is expected that some of these lay-offs will come around the builders holiday period in July. So I guess we just need to wait and see ! (P.S thanks to katColorado for the pic)

Immigration & Integration in Ireland for Indian Nationals Conference

22 July 2007 | Ireland | 11 Responses

On next Thursday 26th July 2007 in Trinity College, Dublin there will be conference on “Immigration & Integration in Ireland for Indian Nationals Conference” which maybe of interest to employers or employees having to face the immigration process in Ireland. The conference will be run by Fragomen (www.fragomen.com) and the Ireland-India Council (contact details). Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP (Fragomen) provide corporate immigration services and solutions.

Irish Flag

Some of the topics to be covered include :

  • The impact of the Immigration Residency and Protection Bill
  • Your ability to work in Ireland
  • Integration
  • The Employment Permits Act 2006
  • and other interesting topics

For more information you can download an informational leaflet here. It costs €5, and it’s sure to be an interesting conference.

Google’s Dress Code

21 July 2007 | Ireland | 2 Responses

Something light hearted for a Saturday morning, via Mercury News (subscription), they have an interview with Susan Wojcicki. She is the vice president of ad services at google, but might be better known for her part in Google history. It was her garage that was the original home for the company, and whose sister just married one of Google’s co-founders, Sergey Brin. Anyway back to the main point, The dress code at Google ? “You must wear clothes,” Wojcicki said. I wonder what the guys at Roam4Free (cool free phone calls idea, an Irish Company) wore to the Googleplex in London on their recent visit.

Google T-shirt

Enjoy your Saturday ! 2 more days until we are all back at work.

Jam maker cuts 106 jobs

20 July 2007 | Ireland | Comments Off on Jam maker cuts 106 jobs

Yet again some more bad news on a Friday. This time it’s Premier Foods (www.premierfoods.co.uk) (those guys responsible for Chivers Jam) has announced their plans to cut over 100 jobs, after being in Ireland for the last 75 years. The job losses will be in Dublin & Tipperary, which involves 59 jobs being lost with the closing of their Coolock production plant and a further 47 will be lost at their logistics centres in Blanchardstown, Coolock and Thurles. These jobs are expected to be gone by September this year.

Chivers Jam broken

More can be read about this at RTÉ.ie [here]. And thanks to emira for the pic.

No strike for Eircom

20 July 2007 | Ireland | Comments Off on No strike for Eircom

Yesterday an imminent strike by Eircom (www.eircom.ie) was averted, and the company agreed to pay a wages increase of 2%. A high percentage of the 7,000 Eircom workers voted in favour of the strike, but the 4 unions managed to find a solution after 3 days of negotiations with top management. The exact details of the deal have not (yet) been published, but it is expected that new work practises and redundancies were some of the talking points. The agreement will also be backdated to May 1st 2007. This all kicked off in May when Eircom released positive figures, but still wanted to make 900 workers redundant.

Eircom Logo

The last time Eircom, then Telecom Eireann, went on strike was 1978. That was even before the old Pope came to visit !

Having a bad day at work ? (part 2)

19 July 2007 | Ireland | 2 Responses

When you are thinking you are having a bad day at work, sometimes it can be soothing to hear about other people who are worse off than you. This story is from the BBC on July 5th (yes we are still catching up on news after our holidays) where a Jenny Brown managed somehow to come 2nd in a 1 horse race. The cake-baking contest was organised by the Wimblington Sports Committee (www.wimblingtonscc.co.uk).

Bad day

Jenny was pleased at first to hear that she came second, but afterwards while conferring with a friend on the committee about the competition, she was told that there weren’t any other entrants. To add insult to injury they cited the fact that the cake had wire indentations on it from the oven as the reason to mark it down. I think the picture above shows here dejection rather wel, no ?

Quick Talk July 18th 07

18 July 2007 | Ireland | Comments Off on Quick Talk July 18th 07

Here are some news bytes from today:

  • 750 new jobs are to be created in Northern Ireland by Stream International. Stream (www.stream.com) provide b2b software services. See here for a list of current jobs. [more]
  • Diamond Innovations (www.abrasivesnet.com) to cut 20% of their staff in Dublin [more].
  • A report today says that the foreign population is soaring, especially in Mayo. More than 36% of the inhabitants of Ballyhaunis come from outside the island of Ireland. [more]

news bytes from today

So that’s it from today so far !

More Euros, but less for Women

18 July 2007 | Ireland | Comments Off on More Euros, but less for Women

Two quick points related to Europe today:

1) Last week there was the announcement that Malta and Cyprus will join the eurozone (i.e. use the Euro as legal tender) from January 1st 2008. This will bring the number of countries to 15 that will be using the common currency.

2) And in other European news, the Belfast Telegraph is reporting on a European Commission survey (sorry no direct link found), that states that the difference in the gender pay gap in Ireland is much lower that that of the EU average. 2005‘s figures show that Irish women earn on average 9% less than their male counterparts, which is a huge improvement from the recorded difference of 20% in 1995.

Money in the Dark times

The current EU average for the gender pay gap is 15% , with Estonia and Cyprus having the largest gap of 25%. The EC cited the “glass ceiling” effect that prevents women from getting top well paying jobs, as well as the fact that more women tend to end up in lower skilled jobs and take on more family related responsibilities. The shift to equal levels of pay for men and women is getting better, but there is still a bit more to do !

Merill Lynch open R&D centre in Dublin.

17 July 2007 | Ireland | Comments Off on Merill Lynch open R&D centre in Dublin.

Today a €30 million research and developement facility in Dublin’s Leopardstown is to be opened by Merill Lynch (www.ml.com). The 40 new jobs created in association with the IDA (www.ida.ie) will be high end IT jobs. These will primiarly focus on the development of technological applications to support Merrill’s businesses worldwide. Merrill Lynch already employs 800 people in two Dublin locations.

Merill Lynch

Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc., through its subsidiaries and affiliates, provides capital markets services, investment banking and advisory services, wealth management, asset management, insurance, banking and related products and services on a global basis. The firm’s global headquarters are located in New York City, and it is one of the most recognizable names in financial services. The company occupies the entire 34 stories of the Four World Financial Center building in Manhattan. (via wikipedia).