A Thurles based company which is seeking to increase their workforce by more than ninety people before Christmas, may have to relocate to the UK in a bid to keep contracts, due to the fact that they simply cannot recruit staff.
ARE Direct Sales Management Ltd. trading as dsm Ltd. which operates out of the Archerstown Industrial Estate, just outside Thurles is one of the fastest growing companies in the region, having started out less than one year ago. The company, founded by Littleton man Aidan Ryan; John Aylward, Kilsheelan; and James Edinburgh, Ballykisteen; currently employs 26 people but has won lucrative contracts from the likes of Pure Telecom, Energia Electricity, and 3 Mobile to name just a few. These contracts now mean that they must recruit, as a matter of urgency, at least eighteen people now, with a further 75 to be added before Christmas.
However, the real story is in the number of people who have failed to turn up for interview having submitted their CV’s and received an invite to meet with the company executive. A total of 75 people were called over a four week period, but only 18 showed up. Of those eighteen, ten were offered jobs, but only seven took them up.
“It is a horrendous situation to be in,” Aidan Ryan told The Tipperary Star this week. “We are competing with the Social Welfare system and eventhough we are offering a good basic wage, together with commission incentives, company car, mobile phones, fuel allowances, etc. people just don’t want to know. They are submitting CV’s, getting interviews but then failing to turn up. This is creating huge problems, not just for us, but for many companies across the country,” said Aidan, who added that they have been working very closely with FAS in a bid to rectify the problem.
Having been hugely frustrated by the recruitment process, the company turned to the Government and made direct contact with Fine Gael Minister for Enterprise, Richard Bruton TD. On the day after Talk Talk announced it’s closure in Waterford with massive job losses, they spoke directly to Minister Bruton and asked him if there was anything he could do to help them recruit staff. He said that he was too busy at the time, but asked them to e-mail him the details. They did; received an acknowledgement of the e-mail from the department, and have not heard from him since.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star