Posts Tagged ‘Redundancy’

Redundancy & Outplacement Ireland

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

Some of the biggest challenges facing organisations in the current climate revolve around downsizing or restructuring. Needless to say any change which involving job loss is tough and need to be handled with extreme care and sensitivity. There are many stakeholders impacted – those directly impacted by job loss, those breaking the news and those who survive the event. To effectively navigate these difficult waters Outplacement Services can help. Read a number of articles from the SBP and the Irish Independent where leading Outplacement & Career Consultant Paul Mullan give his views on the topics.

Information on Outplacement Services in Ireland

Outplacement Services by Recruitment Agencies

Monday, November 17th, 2008

I offered some free advertising on this site for Recruiters or HR Service providers. One thing I didn’t clarify was that direct competition would not get a look in. As we offer Outplacement Services those seeking to advertise similar services need not apply.

Anyway I received little response BUT was surprised that the small response was all from Recruitment Agencies who were seeking to advertise outplacement and career services. Sign of the times I guess.

Now I am not anti-agency providing these services as many commentators are. I am actually from an agency background some moons ago and I realise that there are many skilled professionals in the recruitment sector with qualifications and experience to support organisations and employees through redundancy. I know of many professionals who have moved from recruitment into outplacement and career services very successfully (again including this writer). BUT there is a distinct difference between those professionals in that they chose and were not forced to.

The questions I ask are:

“How committed are recruitment agencies to Outplacement & Career services?”

Possessing the ability and capability is one thing but the commitment is another. Having discussed this with some agencies they have no more interest in Outplacement or Careers and this is purely for income generation during a tough recruitment market. Once the market picks up the interest will subside. One particular agency left a post on this site advertising Outplacement services. When I visited their website there was no mention of these services. One other agency I read about “had been thinking of this for some time” – really!!

“Can you be a recruiter and give impartial Career & Outplacement advice?”

This is a 50 million dollar question. If a sales professional affected by redundancy is telling the recruitment consultant offering outplacement support that the want a career change. What will the recruiter do/ how will they respond when they have an open vacancy for sales which this sales professional would fill in a heartbeat. Tough one!!

Anyway – any views on this please post.

Redundancy in Ireland – New Survey indicates worst still to come.

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

According to a new survey 20% of companies indicated that they are likely to let staff go over the next year. This survey collected the views of 100 companies in Ireland ranging from multinationals to SME’s. Did we really need this survey to tell us what we already know?

Yes redundancies are coming thick and fast in Ireland. I would point out though that redundancy is a thing we will have to accept as part of the employment landscape. Employers can no longer afford to stand still and employees the same. Both need to be constantly reinventing themselves to stay ahead of the competition.

The survey goes on to indicate that there will be more competition for jobseekers and that employers have said that they are experiencing an increase in the number of CV’s sent in the first 6 months of the year. This is stating the obvious but is in fact very true. Jobseekers need to equip themselves for a competitive job market ensuring that the have impact CV’s to stand out in the crowd and effective interview skills to land the job.

The final point of the article indicated that employees should stay put and ride out the storm. I would not agree with this point so much. You see there are excellent opportunities in a downturn. Yes we read the stories about job loss but we do not read the stories about employers hiring key staff to help them through this tough period. Recession or a downturn can provide plenty of opportunities for companies and individuals if you look for them and more importantly take action. Many companies come out of a downturn in a much better position. Equally individuals can gain in these tough times.

Some years I read an interesting comment in a business book – “there is a recession but I have decided not to take part.” This comment is worth some thought.

Redundancy Ireland – Government, Employers & Outplacement Services

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Department of Trade and Enterprise figures show that there have been 23,545 official redundancies in Ireland so far this year. In August there were 3,181 redundancies with construction, manufacturing and services seriously hit. One article I read on this topic indicated that we need to take this more seriously particularly the government. Stating the obvious. I don’t doubt that the government is doing all it can to reverse the trend.

I have an issue with companies not supporting workers affected by redundancy. Most offer the minimum severance with little formal redundancy support. Quite often these are workers who have shown great loyalty to their employer (unlike footballers). I work with many individuals who have suffered redundancy and it is a tough situation to be. Ok many can cope but there are others who need much support to move on.

Outplacement Services can help these individuals BUT also paint companies in a positive light in the community and especially with those workers who remain at the company. It really is a win-win situation. Obviously some companies are starting to realise this as outplacement queries have increased. There are however many companies that can certainly afford such services but instead chose to ingnore the option showing little concern for their workers.

Have you been affected by redundancy? Did your employer help?

Please post and we can highlight positive redundancy news.

Unemployment in Ireland is now 5.5%

Friday, May 2nd, 2008

Unemploment figures in Ireland are creeping up and the unemployment rate now stands at 5.5%. This means that there are over 41,000 more people on the live register that 12 months ago. The CSO announced in March that unemployment was now at a 10 year high.

This is worrying news and it is probably a worse situation when you consider that alot of workers have returned home particularly polish workers. We posted about this news previously.

On a positive note Pfizer announced a major job investment in Cork with a new R&D facility.

Microprint to close with a loss of 130 jobs in Tallaght

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

Microprint has announced that it will close its Tallaght plant in April with the loss of 130 jobs. This is tough news for the region as there were 230 jobs lost in February with the announcement from Jacobs.

It was stated that increased competition and doubts over key contracts were the reasons for the decision. But could it be that we are not buying enough RTE Guides as this is one of a number of publications that the company prints.

I guess that a high cost base played a major factor in this decision as it would have had an impact on the competitiveness of the company. Anyway the 130 staff are probably not worried why and are more concerned about transition into new employment as soon as possible.

Job loss at Glaxo and possibly SR Technics

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

GlaxoSmithKline announced 100 redundancies in Cork today. This is a blow for the Pharmaceutical sector as they are good employers in the region – 1600 staff. Poor sales were put forward as the reason for Job Loss.

A redundancy cloud hangs over SR Technics with suggestions that 200 jobs could go as a result of lost contract. SR Technics lost 3 of the 4 contracts they had with Aer Lingus. Fortunately they held on the Line maintenance contract which if lost could have threatened the bulk of the 1500 staff currently employed.

The above news was in contrast with new job announcements in Dublin and Belfast. ServiceSource is to create 100 jobs in Dublin and Fidessa 26 jobs in Belfast.

Redundancies – Sercom Solutions & American Power Conversion.

Saturday, February 16th, 2008

More job loss this week included 120 in Limerick and 35 in Mayo.

SerCom Solutions is set to make 120 staff redundant. Sercom is a global supply chain specialist based in Limerick. The news follows the loss of 220 staff in Dublin. Interestingly Sercom Solutions set up operations in China in 2005. Changing customer demands was cited as the reason for the closure.

This news was part of an eventful week in the jobs market. Expected jobs loss at ICT Europe did not happen although a reduced working week was introduced for some staff. County Mayo was hit with 35 jobs lost at American Power Conversion (APC)

Positive jobs news this week included the creation jobs at Channel Adviser, Vistakon and Umun.

Arnotts & Boyers – 600 retail workers face redundancy

Friday, February 15th, 2008

Arnotts has announced that it is making 600 retail staff redundant in Dublin. This eqates to two thirds of its existing workforce and bigger number than the expected 400. Although Arnotts will employ approx 1200 staff when it has revamped its premises in 3 years time BUT this is a huge blow for the staff and the retail sector. The redundancy and the package are currently being ironed out.

It will be interesting if Arnotts will provide outplacement redundancy support to the staff as they will be entering a tough employment market. I noted in the reports that quite a few of the employees affected have been employer with Arnotts for quite some time so these supports would be very beneficial.

Employment Rights & Employment Law – SME’s beware!!

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

Employment Law & Employment Rights

I am offering support to some friends who are setting up a new business venture. Part of my role involves investigating and providing information on the employer – employee relationship. As this is not my niche I have been seeking advice from other friends and business contacts (all employers – mostly SME). To my surprise I probably know more than most of them BUT I don’t employ staff. This is crazy!!

Employment law and Employment Rights awareness is crucial. It is essential to know what your responsibilities are and to have awareness of issues such as working hours, pay & wages, redundancy, terms of employment, annual leave and sick leave etc?

Employment Law & Employment Rights

What are ths options available to SME’s

a) Take this on board yourself – A resource to provide some basic information is the NERA website. There are also numerous courses and training opportunities available.

b) Employ HR expert – As your business and staffing levels increase a HR resource is essential. People are your most valuable resource so people supports are essential.

c) Use the outsourced solution – Retain a HR consultancy as a support when required. I have been dealing with HR Outsourcing and find them quite good.

Personally option c) for me everytime as I find it heavy going.