The Life Science sector generates significant revenue for the Irish economy and Ireland is often cited as the location of choice for organisations due to the quality of talent here. However, that talent is in high demand and short supply. Should this skills shortage continue long term, there’s a high chance companies will move elsewhere. There is no doubt we are faced with an extremely challenging recruitment environment but with a concerted effort from government, industry and education we can change this situation.
In a highly competitive market, organisations must work hard to position themselves as an employer of choice. Adopting an engaged approach during the job application process will often generate improved feedback and result in an enhanced reputation among candidates. When it comes to attracting applicants, organisations must also tailor their recruitment approach to take into account the differences between permanent and contract candidates. Those in search of contract roles are often driven by money or the variety that different projects offer, while permanent candidates will be drawn to salary, location, benefits and training offered.