After a slow start to 2017 Q2 has seen a pick up in activity at middle to senior level management although it is sector dependent. Those on the up reflect a buoyant Irish economy such as hospitality, construction and consumer led sectors with the exception being non food related retail as online’s share of retail increases. Many of the larger multinationals are at a stand still particularly those in the agri- food sector as a wait and see approach is adopted in response to Brexit and general political uncertainly.
Overall unemployment continues to fall with the headline rate now at 6.4% as of March 2017.
Based on soundings taken from our clients it seems that the outlook for the rest of 2017 will follow a similar a pattern. Those with heavy exposure the Irish economy will continue to hire middle to senior level executives and are finding it increasing difficult to do so.