IT & Semiconductor Recruitment Trends from Michéal O’Maoldomhnaigh MD of Software Placements

We had a quick chat with our Michéal O’Maoldomhnaigh our Managing Director to find out more about him, and what to look out for in terms of employment trends in the future.

What is your background briefly?

I have BA Hons Degree in History & Politics and MA Peace and Conflict Studies. After finishing University, I worked for a short period in Software and Mobile Sales.

Does it seem like a logical background to what you do now?

Yes, as I moved from selling golf booking Software and mobile Handsets to selling people and company profiles.

What are you working on now?

I first began working in IT recruitment in October 1999, so at this stage I am one month shy of 18 years in total. From late 1999 to August 2008 I worked exclusively in IT Contracts market. I would have recruited mainly contractors in the C++/JAVA and C# Verticals. Since founding Software Placements in late 2008, I have now mainly recruited permanent C/C++/Embedded/Hardware Engineers from Senior Engineer up to Director of Engineering level. In 2011, as a challenge I decided to learn and set up a new desk in Semiconductor recruitment in Ireland.

What areas is Ireland strong at from your perspective in terms of IT recruitment sectors?

I don’t think there is an area we’re not strong at, as a nation we cover all IT recruitment sectors for indigenous and multinational companies.

What tips would you give to people looking to choose a career now?

If possible, select a University with an IT Course that is internationally recognised with a minimum of 6 months work placement. If possible a degree that allows you to work and study at the same time.

What candidates are the most appealing to future employers,  and most likely to get hired?

Any candidate with 2/3 years plus with experience in any IT Vertical from C++/C#/JAVA, Python, Ruby on Rails, DevOps, JavaScript, IT Security, Testing & Automation, PM and BA’s will secure a role.

How many of your successful candidates are based in Ireland? Has this changed over the last 5 years?

On average only 33% of our successful candidates have been based in Ireland. There has only been a marginal increase in Irish based candidates in that period. The vast majority of our candidates come from Central and Eastern Europe, Balkans, Iberia and South America.

What trends are you excited about in the Irish tech scene?

The emergence of a vibrant Start-Up scene especially in Dublin and Cork, the constant flow of international tech multinationals establishing their European HQ in Ireland and the growth of indigenous Irish success stories in areas such as: IoT, Fintech, Semiconductor and Medical Devices.

How can people find out more about the positions you have?

Check out our jobs section on our company website and see more on our blog, here is a great interview with Leonard Hobbs for example.

Leonard Hobbs on the Irish Semiconductors industry, trends to watch, and how to have a successful career in technology


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