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        COVID’s impact on STEM Job opportunities

        The STEM industry has sailed very well throughout the coronavirus outbreak. While the economic consequences of COVID-19 and the supply chain disruptions have touched every industry, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) careers and employers in the areas of science and engineering have remained robust throughout the pandemic. There are more job vacancies across engineering, pharmaceutical, medical device, supply chain, and technology employers than pre-pandemic levels (which were already high) with no shortage of career opportunities in the short to medium term and likely well into the future. It’s a great time to be involved in STEM industries

        Both in Ireland and in international western markets, salaries are increasing above the rate of inflation. Year on year ‘STEM’salary growth has been recorded across Ireland, the UK, EU, and the US, whilst salaries in other sectors across Ireland and most of Europe have remained below current inflation rates. Furthermore, people working in the STEM industry have a generally positive outlook: most respondents are content with their positions and hopeful for the coming year.

        It’s no surprise that COVID-19 was cited as the top issue to impact career prospects and salaries in a poll of 2,400 respondents (Ireland/UK/Europe) across all industries. With lockdowns and other restrictive measures have had a significant detrimental impact on the overall productivity of countries, survey respondents’ with STEM backgrounds expected more jobs to become available and further pay increases in 2022

        Impact of COVID-19 on Job security

        COVID-19 also appears to have altered people’s perceptions of job security. 33% of the 2020 survey respondents (data taken before the pandemic) planned to change careers. However, this year, 41% said COVID-19 had influenced their decision to look for a new job (a sizeable increase of 8%), while 25% thought changing roles was not the best option during the pandemic.

        Impact of COVID-19 on STEM Students

        Following the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, STEM students’ internships were abruptly cancelled, and their academic endeavours were significantly interrupted. Many graduates were pursuing a STEM degree or profession or had landed internships and summer employment in STEM industries and their internships were canceled. Career prospects looked at risk in early to the middle of 2020 but once Ireland came out of lockdown 1.0, students adopted remote learning, and those with life science and engineering degrees once again were in high demand. Big Pharma, ICT, Construction, Civil Engineering, Manufacturing, and Supply Chain companies are all competing across Ireland for real STEM Talent.

        The Future

        It’s difficult to predict future events. Fortunately, Covid’s impact on the STEM sector was met with resilience and adaptability to rapid changes. Those in STEM careers are the Scientists, Engineers, and Innovators that will continue to tackle this pandemic and other future global challenges. In short, it’s a great time to build a career in the STEM Industry.

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        • 1

          "STEM Recruitment Partners are brilliant at what they do! Throughout the application process, CV prep, Interview prep, communication, and organisation all top notch couldn't recommend them more."

          - John O Dwyer

        • 2

          "Can't recommend STEM Recruitment Partners enough. Very helpful and will answer all your questions. "

          - Jp Rawle

        • 3

          "I would highly recommend STEM Recruitment Partners for the engineering job opportunities in Ireland and I couldn't give anything less than 5 Stars. I had a wonderful experience they really supported and guided me through each and every phase of th..." Read more

          - George Baby

        • 4

          "Excellent service and the support STEM RP provided was great throughout the application process. Would highly recommend STEM RP!"

          - Bismay Kumar

        • 5

          "We worked with Teresa in 2022 to help fill our requirement for new project engineers within the company. Teresa’s approach to understand our business needs was fantastic and coupled with her positive attitude Teresa delivered some great candidates..." Read more

          - John, Engineering Manufacturer, Cork

        • 6

          "''I cannot praise STEM Recruitment Partner's services enough. Derek, in particular, has supported me through the entire recruitment process and I am now due to start the job I have ever dreamed of.''   STEM RP are a re..." Read more

          - Costanza Sirabella | Senior QA Engineer

        • 7

          "''Derek and the team at STEM were excellent to deal with. They gave me great support. The whole process was straightforward and efficient. Thanks, Derek and team.''   STEM RP are a recruitment consultancy, specialisin..." Read more

          - Nigel McElligott | Senior Engineer

        • 8

          "‘Teresa placed me in a position a number of years ago and every step of the recruitment process (and aftercare) was flawless. Teresa took the time to understand my background and personal circumstances, and ensured the position I sought was aligne..." Read more

          - Kevin Hosford | Senior Mechanical Engineering

        • 9

          "“Teresa Tyler is an exceptional Recruiter and Account Manager, having known her for many years. Her attention to the unique detail of the organisation so as to get the right person for the position is to me, her hallmark. I totally recommend her t..." Read more

          - John Cahill, | HR & H&S, Weener Plastics Ltd

        • 10

          "In my opinion Derek & Teresa are the best recruiters I know and have previously worked with. I recommend them highly to those making a career move and to employers looking for staff!   STEM RP are a recruitment consultancy, speciali..." Read more

          - Service Delivery Manager | Stephen McNally

        • 11

          ""Derek Perill is an outstanding recruiter and in addition his business consulting experience, adds real competitive value to companies looking to improve their internal hiring processes. We look forward to working with Derek and the team at ST..." Read more

          - Unison Engineering | Colm Ring

        1

        John O Dwyer

        STEM Recruitment Partners are brilliant at what they do! Throughout the application process, CV prep, Interview prep, communication, and organisation all top notch couldn’t recommend them more.

        2

        Jp Rawle

        Can’t recommend STEM Recruitment Partners enough. Very helpful and will answer all your questions.

        3

        George Baby

        I would highly recommend STEM Recruitment Partners for the engineering job opportunities in Ireland and I couldn’t give anything less than 5 Stars. I had a wonderful experience they really supported and guided me through each and every phase of the recruitment process

        4

        Bismay Kumar

        Excellent service and the support STEM RP provided was great throughout the application process. Would highly recommend STEM RP!

        5

        John, Engineering Manufacturer, Cork

        We worked with Teresa in 2022 to help fill our requirement for new project engineers within the company. Teresa’s approach to understand our business needs was fantastic and coupled with her positive attitude Teresa delivered some great candidates.

        Our aim was to fill one role but due to the high level of candidate’s provided we filled two engineer positions, and both are still with us today in late 2023 and proving to be an integral part of our company. We look forward to working with Teresa again in the near future to assist us in the recruitment of critical engineering roles within the business.

        6

        Costanza Sirabella | Senior QA Engineer

        ‘I cannot praise STEM Recruitment Partner’s services enough. Derek, in particular, has supported me through the entire recruitment process and I am now due to start the job I have ever dreamed of.”

         

        STEM RP are a recruitment consultancy, specialising in the placement of candidates into Manufacturing, Life Science, Supply Chain & Engineering Businesses nationwide.

        See our candidate recruitment solutions for your business here

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        Nigel McElligott | Senior Engineer

        ”Derek and the team at STEM were excellent to deal with. They gave me great support. The whole process was straightforward and efficient.
        Thanks, Derek and team.”

         

        STEM RP are a recruitment consultancy, specialising in the placement of candidates into Manufacturing, Life Science, Supply Chain & Engineering Businesses nationwide.

        See our candidate recruitment solutions for your business here

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        Kevin Hosford | Senior Mechanical Engineering

        ‘Teresa placed me in a position a number of years ago and every step of the recruitment process (and aftercare) was flawless. Teresa took the time to understand my background and personal circumstances, and ensured the position I sought was aligned with my expectations’’

         

        STEM RP are a recruitment consultancy, specialising in the placement of candidates into Manufacturing, Life Science, Supply Chain & Engineering Businesses nationwide.

        See our candidate recruitment solutions for your business here

        9

        John Cahill, | HR & H&S, Weener Plastics Ltd

        “Teresa Tyler is an exceptional Recruiter and Account Manager, having known her for many years. Her attention to the unique detail of the organisation so as to get the right person for the position is to me, her hallmark. I totally recommend her to employers looking for real talent solutions”

        10

        Service Delivery Manager | Stephen McNally

        In my opinion Derek & Teresa are the best recruiters I know and have previously worked with. I recommend them highly to those making a career move and to employers looking for staff!

         

        STEM RP are a recruitment consultancy, specialising in the placement of candidates into Manufacturing, Life Science, Supply Chain & Engineering Businesses nationwide.

        See our candidate recruitment solutions for your business here

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        Unison Engineering | Colm Ring

        “Derek Perill is an outstanding recruiter and in addition his business consulting experience, adds real competitive value to companies looking to improve their internal hiring processes. We look forward to working with Derek and the team at STEM Recruitment Partners as we scale up”

        STEM RP are a recruitment consultancy, specialising in the placement of candidates into Manufacturing, Life Science, Supply Chain & Engineering Businesses nationwide.

        See our candidate recruitment solutions for your business here

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