Fund and Investment Management in Ireland, who is hiring recent Graduates in 2019?

According to Irish Funds, 986 fund managers from 53 countries have assets administered in Ireland and 17 of the top 20 global asset managers have Irish domiciled funds. As a sector it has evolved into one of Ireland’s largest employer groups and signs for continued growth remain positive.

As an English-speaking member of the EU and Eurozone, Ireland is known for its clear and practical regulatory framework and support for the funds industry aligned with a strong third level education system which supplies skills across several key areas including:

Fund Administration Services

Fund Accounting

Transfer Agency / Shareholder Services

Depositary Services – AIFMD/UCITS

Stock Exchange Listing

What do graduates need?

According to Grad Ireland, a finance degree is not a necessity, although you will need to be numerate. However, these jobs usually require a 2.2 degree or above. Employers will also be looking for evidence of your analytical skills and confidence when explaining financial information. Good interpersonal skills are particularly important for careers where you are dealing with clients that are external to your employer. For jobs in the Funds industry, it is certainly useful to have a keen in the financial markets and the ability to adjust to new regulation quickly.

Is it just international Investment Banks who hire in Ireland?

According to the International Financial Services (IFS) Ireland, Ireland is currently the number one location for alternative investment funds. There are more than 400 Financial Services (FS) companies of which 200 are Irish owned. 40,000 plus are directly employed in IFS and about 60% of those are in Dublin. These companies include but are not limited to Asset Management companies, Aviation Lessors, Corporate Banks, Wealth Management companies, Fund Administration Solution providers.

Ireland is a top performer in delivering innovative responses to clients needs. There is no better time to be a part of the Financial services Industry and utilize your skills within some of the major global companies with an established presence in Ireland.

About the Author

Cheryl Scheffel–John is a Specialist in Fund Administration recruitment with Engage People in Dublin. For more information, get in touch confidentially on +353 1 6994533 or email your CV to

About Engage People

Engage People is a specialist recruitment firm in Dublin, Ireland. Our aim is to align great candidates to our clients who are some of the major Financial Services firms in the country.

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