‘Biopharma: the next step’ – Sunday Business Post Article

Gareth Naughton, Journalist with the Sunday Business Post, contacted our General Manager Niall Murray following Niall’s recent commentary on 17th April 2014 on the NIBRT Careers in Biopharma event in Dublin. Check out the Sunday Business Post article here – Sunday Business Post Article 27th April 2014   Niall Murray, General Manager Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group...

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Salary Survey 2014 Published

Collins McNicholas is pleased to announce the publication of its ‘Salary Survey 2014’, of management, professional and administrative salaries in Ireland. These salaries are based on the actual salary information provided by our clients for vacancies we have worked on and/or filled in the first three months of this year. The information is largely based on salaries in the multinational sector which has accounted for the vast majority of the positions we have worked on/or filled this year to date. The information is corroborated by the salary data supplied to us by job seekers who register with us and are in employment at the time of registration. In the period between January and March 2014 we registered over 3,500 candidates. This is an increase of 6% from last year. For the purposes of this salary survey we have recorded salary levels for professionals with between 3-5 years’ experience. These professionals tend to be the most sought after group and that is why we have used this sample. It is also worth pointing out that the information is based on a significantly increased number of job vacancies and placements year to date which reflects market commentary relating to the significant pick up in the export sector in the last four years. In the period between January and March 2014 we registered over 440 new job vacancies. This shows an increase of 10% from last year. This is indicative of the overall improvement in the economy with the unemployment rate dropping 1.9% to 11.8% in the 12 months to March 2014. The increased number of vacancies, as well as being a...

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NIBRT Careers in Biopharma

General Manager, Niall Murray writes about the NIBRT Careers in Biopharma Event held in UCD on 16th April 2014. Yesterday, along with my colleagues Sean Gannon and Christopher O’ Toole, I attended the NIBRT Careers in Biopharma event in the really impressive NIBRT facility in UCD, Dublin. The event was a huge success with over 400 jobseekers attending. The event attracted some of the leading companies in the Biopharma space including: Allergan, Johnson & Johnson, Eli Lilly,  Regeneron, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, MSD, Biomarin, Lancaster Laboratories and APC. There were a few very interesting trends that I noted and here are a few of the key points I took from the day: Ireland is winning a lot of Inward Investment in the Biopharmaceutical sector In the last 12 months we have seen large scale investments by Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Regeneron, Alexion, Ethicon, Eli Lilly. Since January 2014 over 900 jobs have been announced in the Biopharma space. Great credit is due to the IDA for their role in winning these investments for Ireland.                                                                                      NIBRT is a critical part of our Biopharma infrastructure The NIBRT facility is a critical piece of infrastructure for the biopharma sector and the contribution they make to the sector cannot be under estimated. From speaking to senior management of the companies at the event yesterday they were all highlighting the contribution NIBRT makes to the business whether...

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CIPD Event on Recruiting People with Asperger Syndrome and Autism

Colman Collins, Managing Director of Collins McNicholas, recently attended the CIPD Western event on Recruiting People with Asperger Syndrome and Autism on 10th April 2014. Last Thursday, I attended the final event in the CIPD Western Region calendar for 2013/2014. The event comprised two presentations, one by Peter Brabazon General Manager Specialisterne Ireland on its plan to place people with Asperger Syndrome with employers in the West of Ireland and the second by Kristan Dornan SAP Lead Autism at Work Programme on their experience of recruiting three people with Asperger’s into their head office in City West, Dublin. Asperger Syndrome, for those not familiar with it, was diagnosed by Hans Asperger in the 1940’s. It is at the high functioning end of the autism spectrum. Individuals with Asperger’s typically are very bright, hardworking and very honest but often do not have strong interpersonal skills. They like routine, dislike surprises and can struggle to pick up normal social cues. However to get a truer reflection of people with Asperger’s it is important to focus on their many strengths which would be attractive to most employers and would include the following: Remarkable concentration skills Exceptional level of attention to detail High levels of stamina and persistence Particularly strong work ethic Exceptional levels of honesty and integrity Up to now people with Asperger Syndrome have often struggled to get work because they often make poor interviewees but as a result of the efforts of Specialisterne and the trail blazing global initiative of SAP more and more employers are seeing the strengths listed above which significantly outweigh any difficulties in the areas of social skills. It...

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You can do it! How to achieve YOUR goals

Noeleen Stewart is a Senior Recruitment Consultant with Collins McNicholas, Galway and has been with the company for a number of years. Noeleen recently attended a CIMA Event in Galway which was sponsored by Collins McNicholas. CIMA’s  guest speaker on the evening was motivational speaker, Gerry Duffy. “Human beings can do so much more than we give ourselves credit for.” That was the opening line delivered by Gerry Duffy, a seasoned motivational speaker, author and knowledgeable businessman, which was held in The G Hotel in Galway on 25th March 2014 with a large attendance. While it is often proffered that anything is possible with little backup to such statements, no one could question the validity of Gerry’s assertion as he regaled his audience with his many accomplishments – 32 marathons in 32 days; a DECA Ironman, and a DECA Enduroman Ironman Challenge, to name only a few of this man’s inspirational achievements over the last 20 years. At the event, which was organised by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Western Branch and sponsored by Collins McNicholas, Gerry inspired listeners with his presentation entitled ‘You can do it! How to achieve your goals’. As we listened to a man who has tested human physical endurance to its maximum on many occasions, it was hard not to believe that we too could achieve our goals by the time he concluded. In 1995, Gerry was heavily overweight. He was only 27 years old at the time. It took just one step, then one run, to lead him on his way to 20 years of success. As the best-selling author of ‘Who...

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