Written by Darragh Buckley
The Project Management market in Dublin in the last quarter has been a turbulent place of work. After a relatively quiet summer with the usual distractions of the European Championships and The Olympics, the market has rapidly picked back up and all things going well Q4 should be very prosperous for those in the Project Management space.
The Cpl PMO team has seen a sharp rise in our clients’ requirements for Project Managers with strong experience in service delivery, specifically of Infrastructure transformation projects. It seems clients are back investing in resource management projects across data migrations, virtualisation, and server consolidation. Some of the primary skills required in an ideal project management candidate include Prince 2, knowledge of Microsoft Project and Lean/Six Sigma.
In addition, we have also seen a sharp increase in the drive to hire Project Managers with experience in managing software development projects. We are finding that people who have evolved from an initial software development/engineering background and graduated into analysis and then project management, become a highly valuable commodity in the current market place.
The biggest barrier that continues to prevent people from transitioning into new roles is industry experience, most particularly in the Pharmaceutical, Telecommunications and Banking space. It’s seems that even if clients are screaming out for Project Managers, they still won’t take them without prior industry experience.
Finally, we find clients are holding out for multi-skilled Business Analysts and Project Managers that can juggle multiple requirements simultaneously. For example, they may be required to look after the systems analysis, while simultaneously liaise with senior stakeholders and program managers and roll up their sleeves with the field engineering teams. Project Managers that can see the “true big picture” of what the company is trying to achieve are the ones who become most valuable and dually most rewarded.