Ireland Outperforming Our Global Rivals

Written by Robin Craig

Ireland appears to be operating in its own little micro climate of economic growth over the past couple of years with many of the pre 2008 crash indicators of a buoyant and out of control economy returning – people queueing overnight to purchase new houses, new car sales in 2016 represented an 8 year high, current unemployment rate of 6.2% at a 9 year low, lack of skilled local talent forcing companies to recruit overseas for Irish vacancies, graduates having their pick of jobs and newly qualified accountants in huge demand!

So how is Ireland bucking the trend of other global economies and producing such positive economic indicators around growth and employment? Is this because Ireland experienced a far greater crash and, as a result, has a lot of ground to recover or are we doing something different?

“According to the IDA, it currently has the highest level of employment across client companies in its 67-year history. Total employment at overseas companies now stands at a record 199,877, with 18,627 jobs created over the past 12 months. In a statement, the IDA noted its 244 investments “came against a background of unprecedented geopolitical changes, an underperforming European economy and intense competition from other jurisdictions for foreign direct investment”.
(Source Journal.ie Jan 2017)

So we must be doing something different as the global corporations continue to select Ireland over other European countries as their EMEA HQ or they see the need to add Ireland to their network of global offices.


Paragon Executive continues to expand their Industry & Commerce desk based on this rising influx of companies especially around the Pharmaceutical and Technology sectors. This division is led by Director Robin Craig who has extensive significant experience recruiting for many of Ireland’s plc’s, large privately held companies, multinational corporations and SME’s.  

Currently we are recruiting finance and operational staff for clients operating in the following sectors:

  • Pharmaceutical
  • Technology
  • Property
  • Retail
  • Construction & materials
  • Technology
  • Food
  • Renewable energy sectors


For more information on these roles and others in the Commerce & Industry division please contact Robin Craig at rcraig@paragonexecutive.com or phone the office on +353 1 874 6770.

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Robin Craig
Robin Craig, Director
E: rcraig@paragonexecutive.com
T: +353 1 874 6770