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2019  - the recruitment year in focus


2019 was one of the busiest years in Ireland in recent times for the recruitment of company secretarial staff. With the increased demand for governance professionals, many heads of company secretary firms have commented on the difficulty in sourcing skilled staff to fill vacant positions. This is expected to continue into 2020.


What the recruitment companies are saying

Recruitment companies involved in the company secretarial market here acknowledge the increased challenges in the recruitment of both skilled and trainee candidates.

Claire Dunwoody, Business Director at Robert Walters commented that "Robert Walters, Dublin has been recruiting in the Company Secretarial ‘space’ for almost twenty years. Throughout this time and despite the various highs and lows in the market, the demand for Company Secretaries from our clients has remained strong and steady. In the current environment, this demand has increased even further and we are witnessing a shortage of candidates on the market. Company Secretaries therefore have exceptional opportunities to develop their careers and play an indispensable role at the highest levels of business.”

Lisa McCarthy, Manager of the Legal team at Azon Recruitment agrees; "The Company Secretarial & governance market was extremely busy in 2019. Now more than ever there is a high demand for qualified governance professionals. There is a definite increase in jobs in the Irish market off the back of Brexit with various international firms and companies choosing Dublin as their EU headquarters. We expect it to be equally as busy in 2020 with roles across all industries and especially for people who have 1-5 years of experience within the Company Secretary space."

Cian Fitzpatrick of CPL Recruitment comments that 'the secretarial hiring process has proven an obstacle this year for both in-house and private practice departments". However, Cian sees "strong Chartered Governance Institute candidates continuing to maximise value in 2020 as they did in 2019 as we await fresh graduates to come out of training and become fully qualified."


Trainee and intern positions

The Education Committee of the Irish Region have also increased their focus on the graduate market with the aim of getting more graduates to apply for trainee positions. We attended the Grad Ireland fair as well as student fairs in the main colleges in the past year to highlight the opportunities that a governance career in the boardroom can bring. We also contributed to the Irish Times Graduate Supplement publication at the end of September for the second year in succession.

Many of the large accounting firms, legal firms, funds companies and listed companies will have openings in 2020 for trainees.  Interested graduates should apply directly to the company secretarial departments of those organisations or see their respective websites for more details. 

A number of these firms will also take on interns next year for periods of approximately 6 months and the placement officers in the main universities will have details of these openings.


How can we assist members and employers

For members and students who want to keep up to date on recruitment opportunities you can sign up for free job alerts and have access to all the current vacancies advertised on our website here.


For employers who want to advertise vacancies on our website please contact John Burns at jburns@icsa.org.uk.



We would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our members, students and friends a happy and peaceful Christmas and a prosperous 2020.