Survey reveals that 88% say professional qualifications are important in inspiring trust and confidence when recruiting staff in Ireland

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A survey of 50 multinational companies, carried out by Behaviour & Attitudes, has found overwhelming support for Ireland’s professional qualifications and standards.

Professional skills and expertise emerged as the single most important factor for multinational companies when choosing a professional service provider in Ireland.

A total of 88 per cent of companies felt that professional qualifications are important in inspiring trust and confidence when recruiting staff in Ireland, while 94 per cent felt professional qualifications give them confidence in terms of the standard of the individuals they are recruiting or hiring.

The survey was undertaken on behalf of 11 leading professional bodies.

International best practice


A total of 80 per cent of the senior executives in the multinationals surveyed equate professional qualifications/membership of professional bodies with ‘international best practice’.

Engineers Ireland director general Caroline Spillane said: “Ireland’s professional bodies invest significant resources in ensuring Irish professional qualifications are designed to world-class standards. We collaborate with Irish and international academia, international bodies, industry, and key stakeholders in Ireland and globally; it’s a very deliberate strategy.

“Our international alliances give Irish professions access to research on best international practices from technology through to fintech and smart urban planning. A total of 60 per cent of multinationals feel it’s important that the professional service practitioners they use in Ireland have an internationally recognised qualification. Ireland’s ability to meet global standards is because of the long-standing investment by professional bodies in international peer reviews, world class courses and examinations.”

Availability of skilled people


A total of 82 per cent of multinationals said the availability of skilled people is an important factor when deciding whether to invest in Ireland.

Áine Myler, director general, Society of Chartered Surveyors in Ireland, said: “Trust and confidence are two of the most important and fundamental aspects of the work of professional bodies.

“The strong sentiment for and recognition of these attributes expressed by the multinationals is testament to the quality and rigour of Ireland’s professional qualifications and the investment we make in ensuring those standards.

“The commitment professionals make to lifelong learning and continuous development is a key metric for best practice standards, innovation and value for clients and employers. The survey findings are great news for the next generation when considering their career options.”

Central to the future supply of talent in Ireland


Irish Tax Institute communications director Olivia Buckley said: “Professional qualifications and standards are central to the future supply of talent in Ireland and the continued investment by multinationals in this country. Professional bodies and their members are a significant component of the skills supply in Ireland and a key educator and developer of its future economic lifeblood.

“The significant and ongoing investment in education by Ireland’s professional bodies fully reflects the priorities in the National Planning Framework, which focuses on a knowledge-based economy, education and technological innovation.

“The value of professional qualifications and international standards of Ireland’s professions come into even sharper focus in light of the OECD declaration that skills have become the global currency of the 21st century.”

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A survey of 50 multinational companies, carried out by Behaviour & Attitudes, has found overwhelming support for Ireland’s professional qualifications and standards. Professional skills and expertise emerged as the single most important factor for multinational companies when choosing a professional service provider in Ireland. A total of 88 per...