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Accountants are in high demand in the Irish job market. Increased regulations and macro-economic factors have seen an increase in financial and regulatory reporting as well as an increase in internal audit positions. The volume of hiring still remains from newly qualified through to 5 years’ PQE, those currently in mid management have a unique opportunity to move into PCF registered roles with new entrants whilst senior appointments remain steady across all sectors.
As Dublin continues to see an influx of capital markets institutions set up or expand operations, opportunities across front office are on the rise. Those seeking roles in equity finance, securities lending and borrowing can be confident of seeing opportunities available in the market. Ireland has continued to attract interest from investors resulting in activity across M&A, PE and VC, generating demand for corporate finance professionals and investment analysts.
Ever increasing regulation and regulatory change continues to drive hiring across all disciplines of risk management. There is a demand for strong quantitative and analytical skills as risk modelling hires increase. Furthermore, as global investment managers set up, individuals with investment risk and regulatory knowledge across UCITS and AIFM funds can expect to see interesting opportunities arise.
Compliance opportunities continue to grow due to regulatory change, in particular relating to MiFID, AIFMD, CP86, AML and SEAR. With companies developing Brexit contingency plans and establishing operations in Ireland to passport their products across Europe, the compliance market has seen plenty of activity. Furthermore, the regulatory landscape will continue to evolve with the rise of fintech, insurtech, and economic, social and governance, creating ample opportunities for compliance professionals.
Financial services institutions are engaging interim managers more readily for specific assignments on a flexible hire basis, with a focus on competence and experience. These demands are being filled by interim managers with specific skills and expertise in areas such as senior financial management, corporate finance, governance, strategy and business decision-making.