Marks and Spencer Graduate Jobs in Ireland

Marks and Spencer : Graduate Training – Jobs in Ireland

M&S regularly  offer positions for graduates in Ireland. The 2018 applications for  Retail Management in the  Republic of Ireland program is currently open for positions starting in April 2018

The program consits of  9-12 months training on the job, working at the frontline of retail . You’ll be hands-on in different store areas including Food, Clothes, Home and Store Operations. You’ll also spend time with HR learning about  people policies.

 

Type of applicants M&S want

M&S are looking for someone who is a “people person” , analytical and calm under pressure, They like people with the ability to think on their feet , who can  spot where improvements can be made and have the confidence and determination to make them happen.

Application is online – where you have to take some online screening tests

M&S Ireland Graduate Schemes

 

Wetherspoons Pubs – Jobs in Dublin

UK cut price pub company JD Wetherspoons have already opened some pubs in Ireland and have big expansion plans . They recently announced a new pub and hotel on Camden St in Dublin with 200 jobs – opening probably in 2019.

At Wetherspoon they have this thing of calling staff  ‘Associates’ – which is becoming more common in many companies.
They say that all the  associates will have the opportunity to progress through an award winning training programme, whether you want to work behind the bar, in the kitchen, front of house on the floor or as a cleaner – you can all expect the same great career path

Wetherspoons say that applicants don’t need to have any previous experience as they  will train you on every part of the role, you just need to be friendly and sociable and have a really positive attitude to succeed with them . And regardless of whether you want to work full time or part time you will receive the same  training.

You will also receive regular reviews and updates on your performance and training and this will form part of your training sign off as an associate.

Wetherspoons Jobs Site

 

Living Wage in Ireland

In Ireland there is a legal Minimum Hourly Wage – which all employers must adhere to. You can see details of the current Minimum Wage in Ireland

There is also a voluntary Living Wage rate – which is being pushed by Unions and other organisations. No one is obliged to pay the Living Wage (yet)

The current Living Wage is €11.70 per hour (Compared to legal Minimum wage of €9.55 per hour )

Ireland’s largest unions have been pushing for the  living wage of €11.70 per hour to replace the current minimum wage, which was increased to €9.55 at the start of the year.

A small amount of employers already pay at least the Living Wage in Ireland – these include Aldi . Ikea and  SSE Airtricity.

The concept of a Living Wage is based working out how what is an adequate income to enable individuals to afford a socially acceptable standard of living.  A  living wage which provides for needs not wants . It is based on figures from  Budget Standards research which establishes the cost of a Minimum Essential Standard of Living in Ireland .
Earnings below the living wage suggest employees are forced to do without certain essentials so they can make ends-meet.

The Living Wage Technical Group was established in 2014 and worked to establish a methodology for calculating the Republic of Ireland Living Wage.

The current members of the group are:

Dr Michéal Collins, UCD
Dr Seán Healy, Social Justice Ireland
Dr Bernadette Mac Mahon, Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice
Dr Nat O’Connor, Ulster University
Michael Taft, UNITE the Union
Robert Thornton, Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice

 

IBec’s  chief executive, Danny McCoy, said that while companies should provide a fair wage to employees, the concept of a living wage is flawed.

 

Smyths Christmas Jobs in Ireland


Christmas is the busiest time of year for toy shops –  and Smyths Toys Superstores are the biggest toy retailer in Ireland
Smyths will usuallly be looking for temporary  Seasonal Sales Assistants  before Christmas.

You will need to be , flexible with the hours and days that you are willing to  work  – with weekend work probably a requirement.

Blanchardstown Smyths have some Christmas 2017 job vacancies – you can  find out more here on the Smyths Careers Site

Smyths also have Christmas jobs for  Night Pack Assistants  – who will  ork when the Store is closed to customers to restock and  prepare for trading the following day. Weekends are the  busiest trading days so it is likely that you will be required to work on these days.

See all Current Irish Smyths Jobs here

Uk Smyths Jobs Here

 

Wage Levels in Ireland

Wage levels in Ireland have remained fairly constant relative to pre-recession trends with little or no growth, until recently, in  hourly wage rates .

Figures show that in the decade up to 2008 there was average wage growth  of 5.7 per cent per annum . Since 2008  wages have been broadly flat.

In sectors where there are higher vacancy levels – we have seen some increases in wage levels . For example ,  some sectors such as finance, professional activities and IT have  relatively high vacancy rates and higher wage growth.

More Jobs

In the recession between 2007 and 2012 –  over 300,000 jobs wer lost . But –  by the second quarter of 2017 the numbers in employment were back to just 80,000 below the pre-recession peak.  Since 2013 there has been a big increase in the numbers employed.
The unemployment rate in 2016 was 7.9% – it is forecast to drop to 5.6% in 2018

3% Pay Increases Forecast

A recent report by the Central Bank of Ireland  said the short term outlook for unemployment suggests a further moderate pick-up in wage inflation over the next year or so . They suggested an hourly wage growth of around 3 % is envisaged for 2018.

Minimum Wage

The minimum wage is due to increase in January 2018

It will increase from €9.25 to €9.55 per hour.  This corresponds to an increase of 3.2%
More details of Minimum Wage in 2018 here

 

Most Dangerous Jobs in Ireland

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) – recently published some statistics on Health and Safety in workplaces in Ireland .

Deaths at Work:

There were 46 work-related fatalities reported to the HSA in 2016 (compared to 56 in 2015.)  Two of the 46 deaths were members of the public.

The Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing  sector had the largest  number of fatalities  – with 24 worker deaths in 2016
There were 9 worker fatalities in the construction sector during 2016  .

Self employed workers seem to be more at risk of death at work – with 23  in 2016 (just over  half of all fatalities) . Of these 18 were farmers, 3 worked in the Construction sector, with the remaining 2 being workers from the Fishing sector and the Forestry sector.

Note – The fatality statistics  exclude deaths resulting from long-term work-related illnesses, such as cancer.

Injuries at Work :

There were 7957  non-fatal injuries reported to the HSA in 2016 that  involved workers.
There was a small increase from the  7,775 in 2015.

The largest number of non-fatal injury reports to the HSA came from the Health and Social Work sector  (19%) .  Only 13% of employees work in this sector – so the rate of injury is high in this sector – but this could be due to better employer reporting systems rather than a higher underlying injury rate.

The Manufacturing sector accounted for 17.3 % of non-fatal accidents reported and the Wholesale and Retail sector had 13.9% of all injuries at work.

Surpisingly – areas such as Mining , Quarrying  had just 0.7% of injuries at work (55 total )

In terms of injuries per 1000 workers – which is a more meaningful measure – the Agriculture Forestry and Fishing sector was the worst – with 41 injuries per 1000 workers in 2015. This compares to an average of 19 per thousand across all sectors.

The Industry sector had the second highest rate of injury – with 31 per 1000 followed by Accommodation and Food Service with 31 per 1000.

The lowest rate of injury was in the  ICT sector with just 6 per 1000 in 2015.

Manual handling-related injuries continue to account for about one-third of all non-fatal injuries reported to the HSA (33%)

 

Work Related Illness

The three sectors with the highest illness rates in 2015 (0+ days lost) were:

Health and Social Work (41 per 1,000 workers),

Accommodation and Food Services (33 per 1,000)

Transport and Storage (28 per 1,000)

Comparison to Other EU countries

Overall in Ireland in 2014 the rate of worker injuries resulting in loss of 4 or more days of work was 1072 per 10,000 workers.

This is lower than the EU28 average of 1642 but higher than the UK figure of 1015.
Portugal had the highest rate – with 3582 per 10,000 workers.

 

 

Jobs with the Financial Ombudsman in Dublin

The Financial Services Ombudsman (FSO)  is a statutory officer who deals independently with unresolved complaints from consumers about their individual dealings with all financial service providers.

There are currently some job opportunites with the FSO  (Closing date for all is August 31st 2017). All roles are Dublin based.

Director of Corporate and Information Services
The offices of the Financial Services Ombudsman and the Pensions Ombudsman will shortly be merged to form the Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman.

The Office is seeking to recruit a Director of Corporate and Information Services.

This senior management post is an exciting and challenging opportunity for a highly motivated, talented and experienced person to join a dynamic team that is committed to quality customer service and the highest standards of public service.

The person appointed will have a strong clearly demonstrated record of achievement in their career to date demonstrating management, leadership and analytical skills at the highest level.

Full details of the role and the application process are available here


Investigation Officer
The Financial Ombudsman Office is seeking to recruit an Investigation Officer.

Investigation Officers engage with parties to a dispute in actively and fairly investigating complaints. This includes identifying and collecting the necessary evidence, exchanging evidence and submissions between the parties and preparing files for adjudication.

Full details of the role and the application process are available here


 

Adjudication Officer
The Office is also seeking to recruit an Adjudication Officer.

Adjudication Officers support the fair and impartial adjudication of disputes between consumers and financial service providers by collating and considering the necessary evidence and drafting preliminary findings and legally binding findings.

Full details of the role and the application process are available here


Clerical Officer
Clerical Officers work in various areas of the Office and are required to provide a range of administrative services including reception, provision of information, complaint registration and progression including data entry, scanning and filing and a variety of administrative duties.

Full details of the role and the application process are available here

 

The closing date for applications is 31st of August 2017.

 

Chartered Accountants are Well Paid in Ireland

A survey of more than 1,700 Chartered Accountants was carried out by Chartered Accountants Leinster Society.

The survey found that the average salary package for a Chartered Accountant working in industry in their first year post-qualification now stands at €56,800.

The average Salary Package (base salary + car or car allowance + bonus) for a Chartered Accountant in Leinster was €106,544. (Salaries were surveyed as at 31 January 2017)

Note : Average salary package is the total of the basic salary plus bonus and car allowance or car (valued at €12,000 for the purpose of the survey)

You can find Chartered Accountant jobs here

Chartered Accountants don’t all work in an accountancy practice.Many of them work   in business, financial services, public sector, retail and more.
Chartered Accountancy remains the largest single employer of new graduates in Ireland.
Many people interested in Chartered Accountancy study a business degree at university and after that apply for a graduate programme in an accountancy firm or a company.
From 2017 onwards: students must pass 6 subjects in their Leaving Certificate in one sitting only, students must achieve at least H6 or O5 in both English and Mathematics, and students must secure at least 365 points from any combination of six subjects in one sitting.

 

 

Christmas Jobs Marks and Spencer Ireland

Marks and Spencers Ireland always hire extra staff for the busy Christmas period. They are expected to create about 400 seasonal jobs, in the run-up to Christmas 2017 . The  Christmas jobs are usually  available from September through to the New Year.

The UK M&S website has all the UK store vacancies – including Northern Ireland – but Republic of Ireland vacancies are not listed.

You can visit the Marks and Spencer Ireland website here and click on the “Recruitment”  link at the bottom of the page – where you will find some useful information about M&S and what is expected of applicants.  But – you cannot apply for jobs in Ireland online – you need to telephone Marks and Spencer

Some information about working at Marks and Spencers

M&S say that their  Customer Assistants ” make them who they  are.

Because it’s their job to give every single customer that unique M&S experience – and every reason to keep coming back. So, whether you’re helping find the perfect product or making sure it’s in stock and displayed beautifully, you’ll be putting a smile on our customers’ faces.

A  customer assistant role will involve helping find the right products for customers ,  managing stock, getting new lines out on the shop floor, supervising the fitting rooms, and providing service at the tills.

M&S look for people with the ability to  keep customers happy. Which means  having the confidence and approachability to deal with all kinds of people.
You will also need to show  flair for tailoring the perfect service for each customer at busy times – which will need a cool head and lots of enthusiasm.

M&S Staff get 20% discount and   flexible shift patterns to suit you.
Applicants should be prepared to work evenings, weekends as well as bank holidays over the Christmas and New Year period.

For Marks and Spencer jobs in the Republic of Ireland, you have to call  the direct recruitment line on 01 8728833 for more information.

Find more about Marks and Spencer locations in Ireland Here

More Christmas Jobs Here

 

Brexit Means More Banking Jobs in Ireland

Bank of America has joined several other major banks in announcing it is relocating it’s EU base to Dublin because of Brexit.

Bank of America  currently employs 6,500 people in the UK and 700 staff in Dublin  –  and now looks likely to relocate more employees to Dublin as Brexit approaches.
Bank of America, which has operated in Ireland since 1968, also plans to move jobs  to other locations where it operates in Europe, depending on the outcome of the negotiations on Britain’s withdrawal.

It might not mean new jobs at the bank  – but the knock on effect of more banking staff moving to Dublin should have a positive effect on jobs in the retail , hospitality and related areas.  On the negative side – it could also help keep rental charges and house prices high.

Other banks with large UK operations that are also expected to move some staff to Dublin include : – JP Morgan , Merril Lynch and Goldman Sachs Citigroup  and  Barclays .
Insurers, including Legal & General and Standard Life, are also talking about moving staff  to Dublin,