Demand for talent in accounting & finance today makes 2008 look like child's play; here's why.....

It’s all about supply and demand – simple recruitment economics.

Under Supply of accountants (from grads up to the circa 7 years PQE level) + Over Demand for accountants (at the same levels) = a highly candidate driven market = salary inflation = more choice for candidates = hiring managers working harder to attract and retain talent.  Simple.

“2008 has nothing on 2019.  Right now we are in an increasingly unique market – where demand for finance talent has reached a peak never before seen” said Elaine Brady, Managing Partner | Barden Dublin at the recent launch of the Chartered Accountants Ireland Leinster Society Salary Survey 2019.  “From graduate to about 7 years PQE there are nearly 2 roles for every 1 person – people have never had as many options before – that’s good news for candidates but it means hiring managers are needing to entirely rethink their go to market strategy”.

Dublin is obviously thriving.  And it’s just getting started.

This trend shows no signs of abating.  In fact it’s likely to get worse before it gets better.  Companies are needing to re-imagine reward and the starting point is to look at the non-financial, intrinsic reward.  Non-Financial reward or how it “feels to work here” is where the war for talent is really being fought.  Money is a hygiene factor these days, not a motivator.  It’s taking some hiring managers a long time to get their heads around this concept.”  says Elaine Brady

Some (just a snapshot!) of our current assignments in Dublin include:

  • Finance Director – Irish Group Plc – Dublin City, 140-150K+
  • Group Financial Controller – Irish Plc – Dublin City, 140-160K+
  • International Finance Director – FMCG – Global, 130-140K+
  • FP&A Manager – Irish plc – Dublin West, 80-90K
  • Financial Controller – Healthcare – Dublin North, 80-90K
  • Revenue & Projects Manager – PLC – Dublin South, 70-75K
  • Commercial Financial Controller – Irish FMCG – Dublin West – 80-85K
  • Senior Project Accountant – Irish Tech Company – South Dublin, 75-80k
  • Financial Controller – Growing Services Company – North Dublin, 75-80k
  • Senior Accountant/Accounting Manager – Pharma – City Centre, 70-75k
  • Group Finance Manager – Irish Plc – West Dublin, 70-75k
  • Group Financial Accountant -Telco – Dublin West,  60-65k
  • Financial Accountant – FMCG – Dublin City Centre, 50-55k
  • FP&A Manager – Pharma – Dublin West, 60k – 65k
  • EMEA Payroll Manager (initial 11 month Contract) – Tech Company – Dublin City,  Circa 75k
  • Payroll Specialist with German – Tech Company – Dublin City, 35 – 45k
  • Senior EMEA Payroll Manager / Director – Tech Company – Dublin City,  120k+
  • Accounts Payable Team Lead – Entertainment Giant – Dublin South, 40k – 50k
  • AP Manager – Technology – Dublin North, 65-75K
  • Accounts Payable Specialist – Construction – Dubin City, 30k – 35k
  • Assistant Financial Controller – Hospitality – Dublin South,  40k-45k
  • PQ Accountant – Distribution – Dublin West, 28 -30k
  • PQ Accountant – Property Management – Dublin North,  30-35k
  • Tax Accountant – FMCG – Dublin North,  45 – 55k
  • Treasury Analyst – Irish plc – Dublin South, 35 – 45k
  • EMEA Tax Manager – International Tech Group – City centre,  DOE
  • Tax Director – International Tech Group – Dublin South, DOE
  • Group Tax Senior Manager – Pharma group – Dublin city centre, 100 – 120k
  • R&D Tax Manager – FMCG – Dublin West, DOE
  • Tax Consultant – Big 4 firm – Dublin city centre,  45 – 48k ​

If you, or someone in your network (or family!) are a finance professional and are considering a move in Dublin/Leinster OR thinking of moving back home, get in touch with Elaine Brady and her team in Barden Dublin ( and they will take it from there…..

2019 is a great year to define your future in finance.   Make sure you know your options, with Barden.

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