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Why is HR the Most In-Demand Job in Ireland?

Human resources is the set of people who make up the workforce of an organization, business sector, industry, or economy. The human-resources department (HR department) of an organization performs HR management, overseeing various aspects of employment, such as interviewing, collecting required documents and compliance with labor laws, and some areas of talent acquisition and employee offboarding. Those who choose to work in HR serve as the link between an organisation's management and the employees.

Employers across the country are currently finding it difficult to recruit and retain qualified talent for a wide range of roles. The increased need for talent is making it more difficult for hiring managers to secure candidates for new roles. 

Here is the list of the most in-demand roles: 

  • Accounting & Finance
  • Construction & Property
  • Legal
  • Life Sciences
  • Human Resources
  • Languages
  • Marketing
  • Office Support
  • Technology
  • Supply Chain

Human Resources Sector Assessment 

The demand for HR talent has increased since the middle of 2021, as the market has seen huge growth with the number of open positions outnumbering the supply of qualified candidates. In-house recruitment vacancies have witnessed a talent shift, which is creating space for job seekers looking to become recruiters.  

The initial impact of Covid resulted in fewer vacancies in the HR space as companies across the board, multinationals, and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) paused recruitment and waited to assess its impact on business. The market has significantly improved since early 2021 and now that remote working practices have been shown to run smoothly, employers have more confidence to hire.  

Remote onboarding process improvements have continued this year including digitised administration and numerous online initiatives. HR is an integral part of this for new employees joining an organisation. Human resources are shaping strategies to help businesses retain existing employees and attract new talent as hiring needs increased across most industries.   

The most in-demand roles in HR are Recruitment Consultant/Talent Acquisition Specialists with a salary range between €40,000 - €90,000 per year. Going into 2022, the Talent Acquisition market remains very competitive given the shortage of experienced recruiters. Despite this shortage, employers know exactly what boxes a candidate needs to tick.

Dorset College Dublin currently offer two Human Resource programmes. The Level 3 is for those beginning their career into the field of HR and the Level 5 is for more advanced learners. Students on these courses earn a certificate recognised by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) which is a prerequisite for those wishing to enter or advance in a career within human resources. 

Those seeking employment in the Recruitment sector in 2022 or with previous experience as HR assistants or in administrative roles, are advised to begin their certification with the CIPD Foundation in People Practice – Level 3 programme. If you are a Coordinator or Leader in any industry or are seeking a career advancement in HR, then you should register for CIPD Associate People Management – Level 5 programme. 

These programmes are taught by Dorset College, who are an authorized centre by CIPD with highly certified lecturers and instructors. Live online classes are offered in both programmes during evening hours (IST) so you can study wherever you are. 

If you are ready to start your career in HR, or would like to take the next step in your industry, please contact [email protected] to speak with a Sales Advisor.

September 22, 2022
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