Cork is Proving to be a Magnet for Tech Workers in Search of Better Career Opportunities, Work-life Balance and Quality of Life

Cork is Proving to be a Magnet for Tech Workers in Search of Better Career Opportunities, Work-life Balance and Quality of LifeSeven in ten tech professionals move to Cork for career opportunities – new survey shows 80% of respondents say work/life balance has improved Disposable income has increased for 72% of respondents A new survey has found that highly-skilled tech professionals from all over the world are moving to Cork for a better quality of life, career opportunities, shorter commutes and lower living costs. The Cork Tech Talent Relocation Survey, released today (Wednesday, December 13) was carried out by National Recruitment & HR Services Group Collins McNicholas in conjunction with Cork Chamber, IDA Ireland and Cork City Council. The report included responses from workers of 27 different nationalities with two-thirds having relocated to Cork during the last two years. Respondents relocated from countries such as China, the US, South Africa, France, Egypt and the Netherlands. Fast becoming an international high-tech hub, Cork is attracting a large number of foreign and indigenous tech start-ups – 84% of respondents to the survey currently work in the city’s buoyant IT sector. More than 85% of those surveyed said they were satisfied or very satisfied with their relocation.  And 80% say they now have a better balance between their work and home lives. Some 85% now have a commute to work of less than 40 minutes and 78% said they did not consider it difficult to find a job in Cork. Interestingly, while 27% of those who moved back were originally from Ireland, some 73% relocated from outside of Ireland. When asked about the factors which influenced their move to Cork, 73% cited a better quality of life while 72% referenced a reduced cost of living. The other main reasons given were: lower property prices, less traffic, career opportunities, beautiful scenery and a safer environment. Among the survey’s other key findings were: 64% have experienced an increase in salary since moving to Cork 67% of respondents have since bought property in Cork or are considering it Cork attracts highly-skilled professionals with 89% holding a third-level qualification 42% of those hold Post Grads with another 4% having PhDs or doctorates Almost a quarter said their disposable income had increased by 20% or more since moving to Cork with 48% saying the increase had been between zero and 20% Since relocating to Cork, 35% or respondents said they’d attained a more senior role. Rory Walsh, Collins McNicholas, Cork Regional Manager, said: “The Cork region is experiencing a surge in the number of international professionals who are moving to the region for the work life balance that both the culture and economic environment can facilitate. “Many expanding global organisations and indigenous companies are offering competitive salaries and interesting projects while the region also provides an unrivalled local charm and thriving social scene.” Seamus Coghlan, Cork City Council, Head of Economic Development, said: “Cork is seeing an unprecedented level of city centre development, driven by the private sector. “The draft National Planning Framework (NPF) has acknowledged the role of cities as drivers of economic development. Cork, as the second largest city in Ireland, is well placed to take advantage of this, leveraging existing strengths and economic successes especially in FDI in the Life Sciences, ICT and internationally traded services sectors.” Ray O’Connor, IDA Regional Manager South West, said: “Over the last seven years, Cork has seen consistent growth in the numbers gaining employment across international companies – an increase of 11,500 people since 2009. “A University City with over 30,000 full and part time students across several colleges; strong established industry clusters; an expanding international airport on its doorstep; a cosmopolitan city with a rich mix of different nationalities; a rich heritage and history; and a great quality of life – these are some of the factors that have attracted both international companies and people with skills and talent to the area.” Conor Healy, CEO, Cork Chamber of Commerce, said: “This is the most exciting time in recent Cork history in terms of growth, opportunities and potential. Cork currently has the highest level of job creation in the country. “There are significant opportunities where people can build a career and move across various companies within strong clusters such as ICT, life sciences, energy, marine, agri-food, tourism and financial services.”   To read the full report, please click here....

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How to Get the Most out of Psychometrics in HR

Last Wednesday morning Collins McNicholas in conjunction with the CIPD had the pleasure of co-hosting an event focused on the topical area of Psychometrics in HR. A large crowd gathered at the splendid Maryborough Hotel for a very informative presentation. CIPD Chairperson Margaret Collins began proceedings before introducing Rory Walsh, Regional Manager of CollinsMcNicholas Recruitment & HR Services. Rory gave a brief overview of the organisation and proudly announced that Collins McNicholas had recently been awarded Recruitment Company of the Year by The Cork Business Awards for 2016. Caroline Ward (HR Services Manager) then presented on why companies use psychometrics and how they can be altered to the specific needs of the company, be it within a recruitment process or the development of employees. Caroline also gave an insightful overview of some the most commonly used assessments and how to get the most from psychometrics. The guest speaker on the morning was Ronan Emmett, Head of Learning & Talent Acquisition in Boston Scientific. Ronan gave an interesting insight on how Boston have recently revamped their recruitment process and how psychometrics have played a key part in this journey. Ronan was keen to point out that psychometrics were not solely used with the recruitment process but are also used to identify high potential and assisting with the personal development of their employees. We would like to thank all those who contributed to the event and the CIPD for giving us the opportunity to discuss the growing importance of Psychometrics in HR. Please find the link below with podcast and presentation slides on the CIPD website. http://www.cipd.co.uk/global/europe/ireland/about/southern-psychometrics-2016-slides.aspx If you have any...

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Cork native appointed new Regional Manager for South at Collins McNicholas

Collins McNicholas, the Recruitment and HR Services Group, has appointed Rory Walsh as the Regional Manager at the firm’s Cork office. A native of Cork himself, Rory joined the management team at Collins McNicholas in May 2016. “I am delighted to have been appointed to this fantastic role and I look forward to working with the team in Cork,” said Rory, who is graduate of University College Cork. Rory has over 10 years’ experience in recruitment, managing recruitment teams and specialising in technical appointments within the Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Industries. He has recruited across the Tech, Engineering, Scientific and supply chain fields. Rory will manage the Cork office, which covers the South and South East Region of the country. He holds a degree from UCC in Chemistry and is currently specialising in Science and Engineering recruitment across the South and South East. Collins McNicholas Managing Director, Niall Murray said: “We are delighted to have appointed Rory Walsh as our Regional Manager in our Cork offices. Rory has great expertise in managing recruitment teams and we looking forward to working with him in his new role.” With five offices in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Sligo and Athlone, Collins McNicholas is the only nationally-based recruitment company headquartered outside of Dublin. Collins McNicholas recruits across a wide variety of sectors, including Engineering, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Financial, IT, Admin and Sales. For further information, please contact Martha Kearns at StoryLab on 087...

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