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MCS Group specialises in HR-related search across Northern Ireland, the proud Sponsor of the CIPD NI HR Awards 2021, supporting the ceremony of the past number of years.

As an agency, we support organisations of all sizes across Northern Ireland, ranging from SMEs to large global organisations, looking to expand their already developed HR teams. Our approach is partnership led, understanding the organisations' fundamental needs and how a talented HR professional can help them realise their commercial goals. The key roles we help organisations source for range from HR Generalist positions such as HR Manager and HR Director level candidates to more specialist roles, including learning & development, talent acquisition, compensation and benefits and HR analytics, just to name a few. 
 
The demand for HR talent in Northern Ireland is at all all-time high in 2021. There has been a significant increase in temporary, permanent, and contract hires over the past 12 months, which is incredible given the recent global climate. It is terrific to see HR talent recognised by organisations in Northern Ireland. Businesses have turned to their HR talent to guide them through challenging times. For example, MCS Group recorded an 83% year-on-year increase in permanent HR introductions versus 2019, demonstrating the importance of HR professionals to organisations in Northern Ireland. 
 
Typically, most roles advertised in Northern Ireland range from HR Administrator positions to HR Director opportunities. This may be down to the Northern Irish economy is made up mainly of SME's. These organisations hire a standalone HR Manager to cover all HR aspects, ranging from recruitment to developing strategic engagement strategies. While this is the case, many specialist roles are still available for larger organisations or smaller organisations going through rapid growth. These tend to be roles in talent acquisition, learning & development, reward and HR analytics. 
 
Another trend is moving away from base salary being the main thing job seekers ask for when taking action. Instead, they look more at the total reward offering, including a comprehensive benefits package. As a result, organisations offering a more competitive base salary are losing out to other organisations that can provide additional benefits such as enhanced healthcare and pension contributions. This is something that needs to be considered when developing a solid talent attraction and retention strategy. Another critical aspect of the HR profession here in Northern Ireland is the importance of possessing a recognised CIPD qualification. Even in entry-level positions, organisations ask for a level 5 qualification as an essential criterion for many of their roles.

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