Green Talent is on the rise

IDA Ireland, in partnership with Microsoft and LinkedIn, published its latest Labour Market Pulse, which provides an overview of the current insights and trends across the Irish labour market to help inform decision makers across business, academia and public policy.

This edition of the Labour Market Pulse takes a closer look at the skills needed to support the transition to the green economy. This is particularly relevant off the back of the recent COP27 conference, where attendees called for more ambitious climate targets and stronger commitments to tackling climate change. This Labour Market Pulse shows the rising importance of green skills among today’s workforces.  The latest data from LinkedIn, based on analysis of the skills added by the platform’s 875+ million members globally over the past seven years, reveals that the share of green talent on LinkedIn has risen from 9.6% to 13.3% between 2015 and 2021.

Ireland mirrors global and European talent trends, with 13% of LinkedIn members in Ireland considered ‘green talent’ in 2021. This includes LinkedIn members that work in green jobs, requiring skills that enable the environmental sustainability of economic activity, and those that have these skills listed on their profile.
The increase of green talent on LinkedIn has been driven partially by new sustainability-focused jobs but predominantly by jobs in other sectors with sustainable elements, such as compliance managers or data scientists. The most popular green skills groups added on LinkedIn in Ireland last year were Sustainability, Environmental Awareness, Renewable Energy, Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) and Environmental Science.

Green work
In 2021, approximately 10% of LinkedIn Ireland members hired were in green jobs or jobs that benefited from green skills. Hiring for green jobs almost doubled from 2016 figures.

Green jobs have particularly grown since 2019, coinciding with the implementation of climate targets and policies such as the Climate Action Plan. The continuation of this growth since 2020 has been encouraged by the focus on sustainability as a critical component to economic recovery following the Covid-19 pandemic. This focus has been implemented at all levels, for example through the European Union Recovery and Resilience Facility’s requirement for Member States to focus plans on sustainability and digitisation.

It is estimated that the Irish economy will need to fill over 20,000 jobs by 2030 just to support leading green economy sectors. Although new entrants to the labour market will fill some of these gaps, investment in lifelong learning, training and upskilling initiatives will be key to ensure future demand for green skills is met.

Meanwhile, the report also looks at employment rates in Ireland and highlights a decline in the hiring rate from post-pandemic highs. However, this 2022 figure is still above hiring rates in both October 2019 (+6.3%) and 2020 (+6.75%).

Amid several economic headwinds, uncertainty dampened consumer spending in Ireland during the first quarter of the year. However, the labour market continued to perform strongly throughout 2022, with CSO data showing that the total number of people employed in Ireland reached record levels of 2.55 million people in Q2 of 2022 and maintained them in Q3.

Overall Ireland is approaching current economic challenges from a position of high employment, strong economic growth and robust public finances. IDA Ireland has seen a strong flow of foreign direct investment with several major announcements across sectors and regions and IDA’s recently announced annual results showed further growth in investment and employments in the multinational sector in 2022. Foreign direct investment is also growing rapidly in the green economy. The renewable energy sector was the biggest recipient of FDI globally in both 2020 and 2021, taking over from Coal, Oil and Gas which had been the traditional leader.

(Source IDA Ireland)


Join our recruitment team. We put people first.

Clark is a multi-award-winning company with a team of experienced professionals that have been providing industry-leading solutions for almost 25 years.

Our innovative Recruitment and Selection service provides opportunities to both jobseekers and solutions to employers across our specialist areas. Everything we do is underpinned by our core values of professionalism, integrity and a focus on people.

In the past few years, we seen lots of changes to the world of work. One of the positives is the opportunity to explore and further enhance our business offerings to align with specific business sectors.

Clark are now expanding our team and seeking an experienced Senior Recruiter to join our permanent team on a full time hybrid basis. The main purpose of your role will be to provide recruitment solutions for clients and career opportunities for candidates across specialist areas. You will proactively develop leads and generate new business for your division. This is a key role within the business and our award-winning recruitment team.

You will bring 5+ years recruitment experience, a hunger to generate new business and a passion for delivering exceptional service to our clients and candidates. Clark is a values-based organisation where our people are the cornerstone of our business. We reward both team and individual performance and encourage ongoing learning and development. There is also a very attractive package on offer.

For a confidential initial conversation, please contact Stephen Farrell O’Callaghan, Director on 045 881888 or send your CV along with an introductory letter to stephen@clark.ie


4 Ways To Make January Work For You

Of all the months in the year, I’m pretty sure January is one of the worst to trigger any major life-changing decisions that could wait a little longer. Especially if you’re in the coldest parts of the world at this time with short days and cold nights. So while everyone is throwing around headline-grabbing trends for 2023, here’s a few thoughts on how to set yourself up for a positive year and all the opportunities that could lie ahead.

It’s the perfect time to practice a little hygge, hibernation and self-care

January tends to bring out two potentially conflicting tendencies, often regardless of personality type. The first is an overwhelming desire to drive things forward at speed, putting into practice new resolutions, habits or regimes personally or professionally. The second is to hibernate, re-centre and refill the tank in readiness for the year ahead. Like most things in life, you can enjoy both states, but not to the extreme at the same time. Hygge and its relation Lagom may have had their breakout moment some time ago, yet both feel just right as we enter 2023 with all of its opportunities and uncertainties. Here is a great little article from The New Yorker to help you reset and reinvigorate yourself for the year ahead.

It’s a good time to embrace ‘essentialism’ and say no more often

While the concept of Hygge should make you feel all warm, cosy and cared for, it’s essentialism that will help you focus on making wise choices about how you use your time and energy. If you find it difficult to set boundaries, get things done and focus on what’s meaningful then the concepts in Greg McKeowan’s “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less” could set you up for the year ahead. This step-by-step approach could help you resist FOMO, break away from the herd and put a few building blocks in place to make 2023 an adventure in the things that matter most to you.

It’s the right time to focus on the everyday over the epic

It’s amazing how the death-by-a-thousand-cuts effect of the everyday can rob you of your best efforts to achieve incredible things and drag you down. I’m talking about never being able to find what you’re looking for at home or work and having to make awkward diversions in order to perform the simplest task. It’s amazing what you learn to live with and how its accumulative effect can de-energise you. I’m thinking less of Marie Kondo and her KonMari method of decluttering and more of simply addressing the small things that can (quite literally in some instances) trip you up everyday. The big things in life matter and the small things do too according to The Mayo Clinic if you’re serious about reducing stress and living your best life.

It’s the ideal moment to embrace connection over goals

Harvard researchers have spent nearly 80 years tracking what helps us to live longer and happier lives. It’s not money, fame or power, it’s actually relationships, connection and community. So while it’s a cliche to cite the ride as much as the destination, it is good advice to take now rather than find ourselves regretful later. So rather than making this the year you get fit or get that promotion, you may well find enriching and enlarging your connections to be the thing that brings you most success and joy this year.


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Christmas Opening Hours

The Clark office will close at lunchtime on Friday 23rd of December, reopening Tuesday 3rd of January 2023.
Wishing you a very a happy Christmas.

Season’s Greetings from the Clark team

As we approach the Christmas break, the Clark team would like to thank all of our clients and candidates for partnering with us this year.
We wish you a very happy Christmas and we look forward to working with you again in 2023.
We have made a donation to the Alzheimer Society of Ireland in lieu of gifts this year.

Chief Executive Officer opportunity with RACE

Clark is delighted to partner with Racing Academy & Centre of Education (RACE) for the recruitment of a Chief Executive Officer to lead, inspire and develop the strategic agenda for Education and Training for Ireland’s only dedicated training and educational academy for the Thoroughbred Industry. Based in Kildare town close to The Curragh Racecourse this role is an integral role in providing accessible solutions of education, training, and development for the Thoroughbred Industry.

RACE is Ireland’s national academy for the horse racing industry, a not-for-profit educational enterprise and registered charity providing training and further education services for a broad range of Irish and international clients in the Thoroughbred sector. Combining high performance and education RACE is a unique centre focused on bringing together the dual dynamic of sport and industry specific solutions in the space of high performance, education and development.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, Racing Academy & Centre of Education CLG your responsibilities will include but are not limited to the following:


  • Promoting and cultivating a learning environment to facilitate agile and sustainable learning across a broad demographic and geographically dispersed base supporting a dynamic Industry
  • Collaborate, design, and develop Industry specific solutions to lead standards in key areas
  • Sponsor and develop the future of high performance for elite athletes – lead the evolution of high performance models for licenced Jockeys and racehorse trainers within the industry
  • Business development including industry collaborations and strategic alliances (national & international)
  • National and international stakeholder management on behalf of RACE. Representing RACE in national and international forums, public relations, fundraising activities to grow the commercial agenda
  • Leadership and development of the management team and broader group of staff reporting directly and indirectly to the CEO
  • Effective financial leadership and management
  • Active collaboration with industry bodies and other stakeholders including educational boards and certifying bodies on quality assurance and output
  • Development and implementation of corporate governance policies, procedures, and regulatory reporting
  • Development and implementation of quality standards, safety and safeguarding environment and horse welfare
  • Ongoing development of campus facilities, residential facilities, and services


  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in a senior leadership role with direct responsibility for leading teams in either an educational or high performance sport environment
  • Knowledge and experience of leading teams in areas of governance and change
  • Strong stakeholder management experience
  • Strong educational and personal development background. Knowledge of the education & training sector is desirable but not essential
  • Proven ability to lead, develop and manage people and teams
  • Passion for sport and people development
  • Excellent communication skills and purpose-driven
  • Strong commercial awareness and experience of strategic planning
  • Flexible and adaptable mind set

Please contact Edel Smyth in confidence on 045 881888 or email your CV to raceceo@clark.ie

Closing date for applications is 10th December 2022 at 5pm.


Congratulations Edel Smyth awarded Fellowship of the Employment & Recruitment Federation

A big congratulations to our colleague Edel Smyth who has just been awarded Fellowship of the Employment & Recruitment Federation.
Fellowship of the ERF is awarded to experienced professionals who have worked in the recruitment industry for 10 years or more. Fellowship gives clear recognition of service to the profession. It also confirms to peers and employers Edel’s knowledge of and commitment to best practice within the recruitment profession.
So if you’re looking for your next move or expanding your own team, please contact Edel on 045 881888 or email edel@clark.ie.

Clark Salary Guide 2023

Clark are pleased to present our annual salary guide for 2023.


The purpose of this guide is to provide you with detailed, accurate information about salary levels across Ireland with specific emphasis on the M7 corridor. We believe it will be a useful go-to tool for both employers and employees for planning purposes in 2023.


Our guide gives information across specific job sectors including Human Resources, Accountancy, Sales, Marketing, Business Support, Environmental Health & Safety, Quality, Manufacturing, Engineering, Supply Chain, Logistics and IT and Temporary staff.


It has been compiled using the salary details provided to us by over 5500 candidates who have registered with us during the period March-October 2022, an in-depth review of salary levels across 500 vacancies in our region in the same 8 month period and the analysis of salary guides for the year ahead provided by national and international specialists involved in the recruitment sector in Ireland.


What is evident is that salary rates are on the increase. This is due to both a continued battle for skilled people as well as the impact of inflation on the cost of living.


The change in the landscape of how we work and the future of work is creating both opportunities and threats to employers to attract and retain great people who know their worth. However, additional benefits such as more annual leave, the provision of a variety of well-being programmes and most importantly, the greater accommodation of flexible, hybrid/remote working all play a major part. With the unemployment rate set to fall to 4.1% and the IBEC annual HR Update Workplace Trends & Insights Report showing that more than half of respondents are planning to increase their headcount in 2023, there is little doubt that the high level of competition for talent will continue.


If you would like further information or we can help you regarding the information provided in this guide, please contact deirdre@clark.ie or call our experienced team on 045 881888.


Download the Clark Salary Guide 2023 here


Diversity in the workplace delivers for the bottom line

People seeking out business partners and employees who share their traits miss out on quantifiable benefits, research shows

American economist Paul Gompers has put a lot of time into studying the impact of diversity on business. He has looked at its effect on innovation and on performance, noting that hard evidence of its connection to the bottom line is not easily come by as pinning down what drives corporate decision making, especially in large organisations, can be difficult.

What Gompers, who is professor of business administration at Harvard Business School, needed was a test group operating within more limited parameters. This led him to the US venture capital industry because it tends to have a flat structure dominated by decision makers and the consequences of their decisions are usually pretty clear to see.

Gompers also chose this sector because its gender and racial composition has changed so little in almost three decades, with women and ethnic minorities hugely under-represented. Interestingly, however, Gompers found that VCs with partners who had daughters were more likely to hire women than companies with partners who had sons.

During research spread over a number of years, the Harvard professor looked at the investment decisions made by thousands of VCs. His findings are revealing. The more alike the teams, the lower their investment performance.

The success rate of acquisitions and IPOs was on average 11.5 per cent lower where partners had shared educational backgrounds (a quarter of all VCs with MBAs were Harvard graduates) while shared ethnicity reduced the investment success rate by between 26.4 and 32.2 per cent.

Writing about his research in a Harvard Business Review paper co-authored with research associate, Silpa Kovvali, Gompers says, “Diversity significantly improves financial performance on measures such as profitable investments at the individual portfolio/company level and overall fund returns. And even though the desire to associate with similar people – a tendency academics call homophily – can bring social benefits to those who exhibit it, including a sense of shared culture and belonging, it can also lead investors and firms to leave a lot of money on the table.”

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The Art of the Elevator Pitch

Hollywood screenwriters typically get three to five minutes to pitch their movie ideas, but it takes only around 45 seconds for producers to know if they want to invest. Specifically, producers are listening for a logline: one or two sentences that explain what the movie is about. If there is no logline, more often than not, there is no sale.

This is a valuable lesson for innovators in any field. Business leaders are often asked: What does your startup or product do? What’s your idea?

If they can answer in one compelling sentence, they can hook their audience and influence people to invest in their work. Though mastering the art of the logline is challenging, there are steps leaders can take to do so: (1) Keep it short. (2) Identify the one thing you want your audience to remember. (3) Make sure your team is on the same page.

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