Michael Page Ireland opened its central Dublin office ten years ago this month and is on course to record its most profitable year to date.
We opened in October 2006, with a small team of specialists focussing on recruitment in the Finance sector. Today, we specialise in Finance, Financial Services, Funds and Banking Operations, Sales and Marketing, along with a dedicated Executive Search Team. We work with well over 200 major clients, a figure rapidly increasing year-on-year, many of whom rely solely on us to provide their staffing solutions.
Our team boasts an average of over eight years’ experience per person. Many of the team add these years to time spent working within their specialist sectors, often in Dublin itself. Every one of our team is a true specialist in their field, dedicated to recruiting professionals into that sector and works hard to remain at the cutting edge of developments.
The team has been together through the economic downturn and remains strong as the economy turns around. Our experience, local knowledge and ability to provide a boutique style service with a global reach put us in a unique position in this market and we are now planning to expand our operations.
The global financial crisis hit Ireland particularly hard and businesses from start-ups and SMEs to corporate multi nationals felt the squeeze. Through this time we worked very closely with our clients, large and small, to ensure that their long-term business goals were met and that they not only survived the crisis but continued to perform and grow. Throughout this period we relied on our sector experience and knowledge of the Irish markets to guide many clients through turbulent times and have forged close relationships along the way. We work with 75% of our clients year after year and have many relationships built on a decade of close collaboration.
Following two years of strong economic growth in 2014/15, Ireland is predicted to once again have the fastest growing economy in Europe through 2016 and 2017. Huge increases in Irish exports, buoyant consumer spending and capital investments jumping by 28% have all contributed to a very healthy outlook for the Irish economy. Those same businesses we helped to navigate the downturn are now well placed to benefit from the revitalised economy and we remain in position to assist with growth plans across the board.
There are numerous large FMCG, technology and pharmaceutical companies investing in Ireland and setting up large European shared service centres here. This is not to mention strong financial and retail sectors and an exciting new breed of start-up and enterprise businesses coming to the city. There is an ever growing demand for talented professionals.
With the Irish economy in rude health, and businesses in many sectors looking to expand, Michael Page Ireland will be expanding our operation and increasing headcount by 50% in 2017 in order that we can continue to offer the level of service our existing clients have become accustomed to and that our new clients will expect.
Throughout our time operating in Dublin we have built a massive portfolio of the very best talent available in Ireland and through the global connections with our Michael Page colleagues we have access to talent across Europe and the rest of the world.
This means we can offer an unparalleled service to our clients, built on intimate local knowledge of the Irish market, an experienced, agile team able to offer a bespoke, dedicated solution every time and a global network of colleagues through whom we source unique talent.
Now ten years into our journey, we have come a long way. We are excited to see what the future of Michael Page Ireland has in store.