A senior management recruitment consultant is in the running to become one of the most senior roles in Ireland.
The role of the recruitment consultant has long been recognised in Irish management circles as one that can deliver a wide range of services, from marketing and communications to corporate finance, marketing and public relations, research and development and HR, to help companies navigate the pressures of growth.
The role is expected to grow to more than 1,200 employees across the island by 2020.
In the last decade, the number of recruitment consultants has grown exponentially.
The Irish Salary Review Commission estimates that there are now more than 10,000 recruitment consultants across the country.
They range from small firms to multinationals and international organisations, with an emphasis on the global economy.
In 2017, the Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (ASME) launched the Small and Small Business Employers Employers of the Year award to recognise the achievements of small and medium-sized enterprises.
The organisation also awarded the ASEI Small and Large Employers in Ireland, and the Small Business Ireland Awards to help small businesses to be recognized in the public eye.
In 2016, the Government announced the establishment of a small and small business Employers Development Unit, which will help to identify and train more people to become small and micro-business employees.
As part of the new programme, the Small Employers and Small Enterprise Ireland (SAILI) has also established a ‘Start Up Fund’ for the purpose of funding small businesses in Ireland through a number of activities, including mentoring and advising.
The fund is expected by 2019 to be worth over €7.8m.
In the meantime, the industry is continuing to thrive.
There are currently more than 2,500 small and mid-sized employers in Ireland employing nearly 1.4 million people.
According to the Irish Times, the SMEs in Ireland are thriving, with nearly 90% of the workforce in employment by 2020, with more than half of the employees in the industry being in the small and middle-sized business.