2022 Salary Guide

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Our 2022 salary guide has been developed for business leaders and professionals in Ireland to assist in making knowledgeable and clear decisions in relation to hiring, attracting and retaining top talent.  We looked beyond the CSO average salary inflation, which applies to most roles in Ireland, and focused on the roles we specialise in.

This time last year we talked about how COVID-19 had dramatically impacted the recruitment sector and we set our sights on what would hopefully be a brighter 2021. At the time, we had seen some notable changes following a freeze in recruitment for permanent roles as companies grappled with a new business landscape that saw a need for contract and temporary workers above all else.

Fast forward 12 months and we are seeing further changes, some we had anticipated others, well, who could possibly have foreseen all the changes of the past 20 months! Many businesses continue to struggle to get back on their feet having been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in some way.

Remote working is no longer something we are adjusting to, but something that has become second nature. Many employees have had a rethink on their priorities and many more are rethinking their career choices with our research this year showing 43% of Irish workers are not happy in their jobs.

What the future holds, is still uncertain as the country is still living with restrictions, including a directive to work from home where possible while teetering on the edge of another potential lockdown.

As we launch our 2022 Salary Guide, we want to acknowledge where we are in terms of the employment market and where we are going in the 12 months ahead. As the landscape continues to evolve it remains impossible to predict all the changes that will occur but we hope that our insights will give clients and candidates some guidance as we move into a new year.

What to expect from the 2022 Salary Guide:

  • Permanent roles and temporary contracts 

2021 saw a distinct rise in the number of temporary and contract positions available in Ireland with companies continuing to struggle to make long-term appointment commitments. While we envisaged this happening, the scale of change was unforeseen.

For those who have been perusing any jobs websites, you’ll likely have noticed a huge number of 12 month or 24 month contract roles on offer. Recruiting today is radically different to a mere twelve months ago. It’s not just companies leading this change, employees are beginning to look for these roles too. They are beginning to see how lucrative a contract role can be. It gives them options and flexibility. They are re-evaluating their transferrable skills and are beginning to broaden their horizons.

Our permanent roles for the year 2020-2021 fell by 41% on the previous year. Contract roles fell by just 10%, which is minute given the complete standstill the world came to for several months. It shows just how many permanent roles evolved into contract positions and these roles have shown the most endurance.

  • Growth sectors

Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices and the Public Sector top our jobs database at the moment, closely followed by Healthcare positions. But we are also seeing notable growth in sectors such as R&D, Food Services and traditional Manufacturing. The career opportunities are diverse, and it really is a great time for jobseekers to explore new industries or build upon existing skills and experience in sectors that traditionally flourish in times of crisis.

  • Remote work & Flexi hours

Last year there was a renewed focus on flexitime, remote work and location. Employers had to adapt quickly to a fulltime remote model to keep staff safe from COVID-19. The prediction at the time for the long term was that we would see companies introducing a hybrid model of remote work where staff would work from home a few days a week as well as attending the workplace. This has largely transpired.

Notably, IDA Ireland’s latest quarterly labour market report found that interest in jobs offering remote working had tripled since last year, with one in every seven jobs advertised now offering remote working options. People have become accustomed to this new working life.


Click to Download: Matrix Recruitment 2022 Salary Guide

As we move into 2022, Matrix Recruitment promises to continue to work closely with clients and candidates to achieve the best possible outcome for both. We can advise and assist during the recruitment process, for both permanent and temporary recruitment assignments. At Matrix, we specialise in you.

Wishing you good health and good fortune in the year ahead,

Kieran McKeown, Managing Director, Matrix Recruitment Group

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  • Support During Covid-19

    We understand the challenges that businesses and HR teams face during these uncertain times. We want to support you with your unique requirements. If you would like our assistance, whether it be for the sourcing of critical positions such as healthcare, manufacturing or pharmaceutical, temporary staffing solutions or other business supports, we want to help.

  • Temporary Staffing Solutions

    We have years of experience in sourcing talent for your temporary staffing needs. We are highly responsive and can deliver all of your staffing requirements across a wide range of professional and technical skill sets. Learn more about our Temporary Staffing Solutions here.

  • Payroll Services

    During this challenging time, freeing up your time by outsourcing administration can make all the difference. Our comprehensive payroll services includes the issuing of employee contracts and all payroll management elements, including preparation, computation, verification and processing. Learn more about our Payroll Services here.

  • HR Support Services

    In addition to the aforementioned services we provide, Matrix Recruitment offers standalone or retained HR support services including management of contracts, performance and absenteeism management and more. Learn more about our HR Support Services here.

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