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How to ask for a pay rise: Here are the professions paying double-digit rises

MORTGAGE advisers, tech specialists and skilled construction workers have seen their pay packets soar by double digits this year as supply outstrips demand.

The hike in salaries in some industries is part of a two-tier economy, which is widening for Ireland's workforce. (See table below)

Experts warn of a growing gap between the unemployed and those in work whose positions are in demand after being hardest hit during the recession, like mortgage collectors and underwriters.

"The biggest challenge is that there is a big gap between the 'haves' and the 'have-nots'," said Peter Cosgrave, a director of Cpl recruitment.

"We are finding that some jobs are hugely in demand and salaries are going up, but at the same time there's a lot of areas where there's still very little employment.

"So there is a two-tier economy going on so when people hear salaries are on the rise they can't believe it as they can't even get a job at the moment. It just depends on the sector that you are in."

Jobs always follow trends, he said, and everything everybody is doing is linked to technology, including finance, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, science and the language sector, which are also big employers.

When 'Forbes' last year named Ireland as the best place to do business, it highlighted the 17pc drop in wages between 2008 and 2011 as a factor drawing inward investment.

However, the Cpl annual salary guide found modest wage rises may be on the cards for the majority of employees this year, including legal, marketing, HR, engineering, languages, and office support.

Some roles in banking, construction, science, tech and food retail management – all harshly hit in the recession – have shown double-digit increases.


The top salary band for a mortgage adviser has soared from 18pc to 36pc – up to €45,000 – over the last year, while the upper salary band level for a fund accounting supervisor has grown by 10pc to €55,000, and a credit underwriter can earn as much as €50,000, up 11pc.

Figures also reflect an upswing in commercial construction with design managers, mechanical and electrical coordinators and engineers, and building services engineers all having had rises of up to 18pc.

Pay to high-level supermarket managers jumped by a fifth, and certain science roles had double-digit salary increases in the last year, particularly in Dublin.

And in tech, demand is high for web application engineers, JavaScript, PHP, Python and Ruby engineers and salaries have seen a 10pc to 15pc increase at the mid-level.

Anne Heraty, chief executive of Dublin-listed Cpl Resources, said after almost no salary increases in five years, firms were increasing wages and re-introducing performance-related bonuses to retain good staff.

"Ireland is still the location of choice for many of the largest multinationals and growing tech start-ups," she said.

"Our business-friendly approach is paying off and we continue to attract foreign direct investment from industries like pharmaceuticals, aviation, ICT and the funds industry.

"If we continue to adapt quickly to educate and train our people to develop the right skills we will maintain our edge in attracting the growth industries of the future."

Ms Heraty said Irish business confidence was also increasing, with more companies hiring permanent staff than in the last five years.

"To remain competitive, we must continue to train and produce the best people at the best price. Controlling salary inflation must be part of this strategy," she added.

The Cpl salary guide was compiled with information from 1,500 companies, across 15 sectors.



Audit Partner120275
Audit Director80125
Audit Manager (2 yrs PQE)5570
Assistant Manager (1 yr PQE)5055
Accounts Payable Manager4565
Junior Accounts Payable2530
Credit Control Manager4565
Credit Control Team Leader3642
Senior Accounts Receivable3338
Junior Accounts Receivable2530
Financial Analyst4558
Senior Business Analyst5065
Business Analyst4555
Newly Qualifed Accountant4855
Trainee Accountant2126

Manager Fund Accounting6270
Transfer Agency Manager5570
Transfer Agency Team Leader5055
Senior Fund Accountant3845
Fund Accountant3238
Transfer Agency2832
Credit Risk Management7090
Relationship Manager6070
Compliance Manager5590
Account Manager5260
Credit Analyst4048
Credit Underwriter4050
Mortgage Underwriters4050
Mortgage Advisors3845
Treasury Manager7080
Treasury Specialist4550
Trustee Manager6070
Customer Service (1-2 yrs. exp)2628
Banking Administrator2628
Data Entry2125

Project Director5090
Project Manager5075
Electrical Engineer3185
Mechanical Engineer2870
Quantity Surveyor2860
Civil Engineer2655
Structural Engineer2655
Building Services Engineer3065
Roads/Highway Engineer2865
Water/Wastewater Engineer2560
Environmental Engineer2245
Building Surveyor2045
CAD Technician1842
Project Manager4060
Site Foreman3050
Electrical Engineer3070
Mechanical Engineer2860
Site Engineer2345
Quantity Surveyor2560

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Civil Engineer25552250
Design Engineer3055+3055+
Design Manager5580+5580+
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Engineering Manager5080+5080+
Environmental Engineer3045+3045+
General Manager8013080130
Health & Safety Engineer30452845
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Maintenance Manager4065+4060+
Maintenance Technician2535+2535+
Mechanical Engineer3050+3045+
Mechanical Technician2535+2535+
Operations Manager5570+5570+
Project Manager4565+4565+

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Executive Chairman110135135170
Chief Actuary170180180240
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Head of Claims100130140170
CEO/Managing Director90120120250+
Marketing Director90140100160
Chief Operating Officer8510095140
Director of Retail/Head of Retail80120110160
General Manager7010090120
Plant Director80100120150
CEO/Managing Director150175175280
Chief Operating Officer120140150250
Executive Chairman110135135170
CEO/Managing Director8595110145
CEO/Managing Director150175250420
General Manager100120220300
Chief Operating Officer110130160230
CEO/Managing director120150200350
General Manager100120110150
Chief Operating Officer80110110150

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Senior HR Manager7012060120
HR Manager5510045100
Senior HR Business Partner651205590
HR Business Partner45704570
HR Generalist/Specialist35502845
HR Administrator23352330

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Pensions Manager5095
Life Underwriter 3+ yrs4065
Life & Pensions Consultant3045
Underwriting Manager70120
Claims Manager6090
Senior Underwriter 10+yrs7090
Senior Loss Adjuster5080
Commercial Underwriter 5+yrs4560
Corporate Broker3555
Senior Claims 5+yrs3050
Underwriter 0-3 yrs2835
Trainee Actuary (Graduate)3035
Newly Qualified Actuary8095

Call Centre Manager5580+5570
Customer Service Team Leader28452542
Customer Service Agent19281926
Account Manager26302630
Callcentre Team Leader with Language30343035
Customer service with Language25272227
Telesales agent with Language30322830
Team Manager with Language40743870

Head of Legal - In House100200
Head of Compliance95150
Solicitor 5yrs + PQE75100
Company Secretary Manager6590
Legal Counsel - In House60100
Compliance Manager6095
Solicitor 1-5yrs PQE4585
Newly Qualified Solicitor3558
Compliance Officer3560
Legal Secretary3047
Legal Executive2845

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PR Exec30353035
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Clinical Data Manager40654268
Clinical Data Coordinator24382438

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