David Crowley and Gerry Gorman have, between them, more than 50 years’ experience of the recruitment and financial services sectors. In 2016, they pooled their experience to set up fintechjobs.ie, a recruitment service catering specifically for the needs of the fast-growing fintech sector in Ireland.
“Fintech’s rapid emergence in the Irish employment market, changing user browsing habits and employer dissatisfaction with the current offering from existing job boards provided the impetus for us to do some market analysis,” Mr Gorman says.
“This confirmed our belief that the timing was right for a dedicated website for all things related to the fintech employment world. Existing job boards offer volume but no focus, so employers really only engage with them on a ‘needs-must’ basis as there is no real alternative.
“Fintechjobs.ie is the only dedicated jobs board in Ireland that offers a specific go-to point for people looking to develop their career in the industry and it has been developed and customised in line with the IFS2020 initiative – the Government’s five-year strategy to further develop Ireland as a global leader in the sector.”
Fintechjobs.ie was launched in October and in addition to posting vacancies, the site will provide listings of fintech events as well as information about educational and training opportunities in the area.
“Anyone affiliated to the sector can advertise so our potential customers are recruitment agencies (who have told us that specialised and sector-focused portals are needed) as well as employers looking for staff,” Mr Gorman says.
“The problem with existing boards is volume – they are simply too saturated with jobs and a jobseeker can waste a lot of time hunting down relevant jobs on generic sites. With fintechjobs.ie you have results in seconds. Our system uses advanced data analytics which will allow us to hone our offering and efficiently adapt to current and emerging trends on an ongoing basis.”
The number of fintech-specific jobs here is currently quite modest. Figures from the IDA/Enterprise Ireland for 2015 put the number at just under 9,000. This is up 7 per cent on 2014 and 40 per cent on 2008.
However, Mr Gorman says the sector is now growing quickly and will offer new career opportunities for those currently in areas such as traditional banking who are willing to retrain and upskill.
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