Launched just over one month ago, Hireland yesterday confirmed that the initiative has already received over 2,500 job pledges from businesses all over the country. This is all the more impressive as Hireland had set a 6 month target of 5,000 pledges and is now at the halfway point after little more than a month.
As of yesterday (Tuesday February 21), 589 companies have pledged jobs across a wide range of sectors from software design and development to engineering and pharmaceuticals to sales, marketing and retail and hotel, hospitality and sports leisure.
Furthermore, there has been a swift translation from pledges to jobs with 150 having commenced jobs already that were pledged on Hireland.ie. By recruiting more people into the business, a company will experience immediate and direct benefits. It lets customers know they can expect a better service, staff will be rewarded with a greater division of labour and enhanced output and it also sends a strong message to competitors by investing in the business.
Hireland is a volunteer, not-for-profit group that has developed a national communications initiative to encourage employers to hire one of the thousands of skilled people who are currently out of work. It came about in February 2011 after a kitchen table conversation between a group of friends, who had lost other friends to emigration. Since then, it has grown to include students and people from the business, marketing and media community, all of whom have given their time and skills for free simply because they want to see the creation of jobs for the thousands of unemployed skilled workers in Ireland.
Hireland wants to draw on the power of the collective and act as a catalyst to stimulate job creation. It’s about a positive, confident movement, where one job will lead to another if Irish businesses get on board and pledge a job.
Even though Hireland only officially launched last month, it has already inspired a sister initiative in the United States of America, UhireUS which was announced at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York in September 2011.