Human resource management in Ireland

Ireland, indicative of the global trend, has faced and will continue to face unprecedented change and unpredictability in our economy and in our workplaces.

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There is need to capture, analyse and reflect on the progress and trends in how HRM in Ireland has been responding to this change and unpredictability. 

With unemployment down to 6.2% in 2017 compared to a peak of over 15% five years ago, coupled with the changing nature of work, over three-quarters (78%) of respondents in the HR Practices in Ireland survey (2017) have experienced skills shortages in their organisation in the last 12 months. 

The recently published HRM in Ireland, now in its 4th edition, from authors, Patrick Gunnigle, Noreen Heraty and Michael J. Morley of University of Limerick presents insights from a combination of research and practice to show how HRM in Ireland is developing, and dealing with the current employment and organisational challenges.

The authors highlight the role and contribution of HRM in enabling organisations to fulfill their strategic objectives through leading and engaging with senior management, and address how successful HRM practices are dependent on line management.

HR has a strategic role to play in the changing nature of work, taking account of the effects of social and demographic change, globalisation and technology on workplaces and on HRM practices. The HR profession’s response to the current skills shortage challenge will serve to highlight the significant contribution of HRM to attracting, developing and retaining the right skills to operate in a changing world.

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