People are the driving force behind the not-for profit sector. Without people, not-for-profit organisations would not be successful. To make their mission’s a reality, organisations must have the three R’s in place: the right people, with the right skills, at the right time.

Since 2013, unemployment levels have fallen sharply in Ireland, following a pique in 2012 when unemployment reached 15%. The graph below (developed using date from the Central Statistics Office) illustrates this. 














As unemployment has decreased, the number of opportunities for people for people to further careers has risen. The growth in scale of new positions in Ireland has led to the occurrence of an employee’s market.

An Employee’s Market
When unemployment is low, the market significantly differs from an employer’s market. The traits of an employee’s market are:

  • Low unemployment levels.

  • More employers are recruiting.

  • Candidates can be selective.

  • Candidates are less risk averse in moving roles.

  • Pay differentials are noticed.

  • Lower response to job adverts.

An Employer’s Market
When unemployment is high, the job market can be defined as an employer’s market. An employer’s market is characterised by a number of traits, including:

  • High unemployment levels.

  • Less choice for candidates.

  • Roles advertised attract high number of applicants.

  • Employers can be selective.

  • Candidates value job security vs pay.

  • Candidates are risk averse and less willing to move roles.















In an employee’s market, a new approach is required from employers to remain competitive in attracting, retaining and developing their talent. Old approaches to recruitment and management must be adapted to meet the challenging conditions of this market.

2into3 can support your organisation and its talent requirements in a range of ways, including:

To discuss 2into3’s recruitment or talent strategy offering, please contact Dennis O’Connor on 01-234-3184 or Michael Walsh on 01-234-3131.

For further information on the 2into3’s Not-for-Profit Graduate Programme, please contact Adrian McCarthy on 01 234 3135.

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