As manufacturing companies adopt different technologies in ways appropriate to their business and customer needs, their ways of working are also transforming. This includes data driven solutions using cloud technology; solving problems quicker; digitised supply chains which provide real time information; additive manufacturing, 3D printing, rapid prototyping, all helping to shorten product development cycles. AI and ML (machine learning) will also continue to have a huge impact on shop floor automation. To stay competitive and retain our strong manufacturing base in Ireland, investment in digital and associated new skillsets is crucial.
A lot of our manufacturing clients are multinationals offering a full suite of benefits including pension, gym and healthcare. Many offer flexitime and the salaries are very competitive. There is a lack of skilled workers in the industry and the opportunities in manufacturing have never been so great. Achieving gender balance will help address the skills shortage that exists in the sector as it opens the door to a new and wider talent pool.