Recruitment, retention and disputes are main challenges for HR professionals across the Mid-West according to 2019 HR Barometer

Findings of 2019 HR Barometer to be discussed at event in Shannon on Thursday, 17th October


The time needed to replace staff and deal with workplace issues and disputes continues to rise year-on-year for Mid-West Organisations, according to research carried out by Adare Human Resource Management.

While it costs less to hire in the Mid-West, it is now taking organisations longer than ever to onboard new staff. The cost of recruiting an employee stands at €12,800, the national average is €14,450. But, over half (56%) of organisations say that it is taking longer to do so. This is almost 10 percent higher than the national average of 48 percent.

The findings are taken from the 2019 HR Barometer, an extensive research report, now in its third year, on trends in human resource management amongst 257 Organisations employing more than 48,200 staff across the public and private sectors.

Adare Human Resource Management will be holding the annual briefing of this year’s HR Barometer on Thursday 17th October in Treacy’s Oakwood Hotel, Airport Road, Shannon Co. Clare.

Just over half (51%) of organisations in the region intend to increase salaries in 2020 and over half (57%) envisage a greater spend on employee training.

According to Derek McKay, Managing Director of Adare Human Resource Management, while salary is a fundamental factor in recruitment and retention, employers should not underestimate the overall package on offer to prospective and current employees.

McKay said: “We are at near full employment, but an uncertain Brexit is looming. Our advice to employers is to not simply look at pay on its own but as part of an overall benefits package and ensure staff understand the tangible benefits of such packages. This year’s Barometer shows that less than one in four Organisations (23%) have an Employee Assistance Programme and only 1 percent provide on-site exercise classes for employees.”

Conflicts & Disputes

Over one in three (34%) of Mid-West Organisations said that HR’s time dealing with conflicts and disputes has increased in the last twelve months. Organisations in the region also had a slightly higher rate than the national average (43%) of issues going to the Labour Court or Workplace Relations Commissions at 44%.

Gender Balance and Pay

Despite gender pay legislation and mandatory gender pay gap reporting coming into force in the coming months, the 2019 Barometer finds that almost half (45%) of Organisations in the Mid-West do not know if their Organisation’s gender pay gap is in line with the national average of 14 percent. Furthermore, only three percent of Organisations have introduced initiatives to address gender balance in the last year.

Remarking on the findings, McKay added: “The Mid-West region displays interesting and some concerning contrasts to the national averages found by the 2019 HR Barometer. The annual briefing on 17th October will be important for all HR practitioners in light of an impending and uncertain Brexit and to set 2020 HR planning in motion.”

The findings of the 2019 HR Barometer will be presented on Thursday 17th October in Treacy’s Oakwood Hotel, Airport Road, Shannon Co. Clare.

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About the 2019 HR Barometer:

The survey for the 2019 HR Barometer was carried out by Empathy Research on behalf of Adare Human Resource Management. Interviews were carried out with 257 HR Professionals from across the Republic of Ireland during June and July 2019.

About Adare Human Resource Management:

Established in 2003, Adare Human Resource Management is one of Ireland’s best-known and respected providers of Employment Law, Industrial Relations and best practice Human Resource Management Services. Adare Human Resource Management is an Irish company with a unique knowledge of the needs of Irish business.

Specialising in Employment Law, best practice Human Resource Management and Health and Safety, Adare Human Resource Management offers a valuable resource to any business that acts as an employer – even those who have their own internal HR function. They assist and advise organisations on a diverse range of solutions, varying from assistance in ensuring compliance with employment legislation through to implementation of best practice solutions to enable organisational change.