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Tánaiste Opens New Science Talent Office in Cork


Tánaiste Simon Coveney TD, yesterday cut the ribbon to the new Cork office of SRG, the leading international science, clinical and engineering recruitment firm to the life sciences, engineering and science-related industries.

The new office will provide companies across Ireland with access to the very best local and international science, engineering and clinical professionals to enable them to achieve their goals. The venture marks the latest move by SRG’s parent company, Impellam Group, to both invest in Ireland and to support its clientele in a changing world where access to great talent can be a game-changer.

SRG has appointed Paul O’Brien as Associate Director to lead SRG in Ireland from the Cork office.  O’Brien is a Cork local with almost 20 years’ industry experience, the last decade of which has been spent in the Irish life sciences sector.

He will use this extensive experience to ensure SRG provide customers and candidates the very best access to talent and opportunities respectively.

O’Brien says:

“SRG is one of the longest-standing scientific recruitment businesses in Europe. I’m excited to start playing my part in SRG’s mission to support customers by providing new and extremely creative solutions to their business-critical talent challenges.

“SRG establishing a presence in Ireland is an extension of this philosophy of tuning in to customers’ specific requirements. Our customers want unfettered access to the very best talent in science and engineering, wherever in the world they are. And our candidates want help in building international careers. With SRG’s global reach, we plan to give them exactly that.”

Coveney adds: “Cork is unique in terms of balancing significant urban growth with a quality of life.  With a highly talented workforce and low cost of doing business is a proven attraction but it is the quality of how we live that secures retention.  SRG selecting Cork as a location again just emphasises that Cork is vital to government strategy to help realise the ambitious growth targets within the National Planning Framework, Ireland 2040.”

In support of the launch, SRG is running a free seminar at Cork’s Montenotte Hotel on 26 February. Entitled The Generation Game and led by Russell Beck, Impellam’s Head of Consulting, the session will use the latest research to help attendees better understand how to balance the varying needs and skills of the four generations coexisting in today’s workforce. For more details or to register your attendance, visit

In conjunction with the New Scientist, the firm is also undertaking a comprehensive global workforce salary survey, due for release in late February. For Ireland-specific data and insights, please contact Paul O’Brien at [email protected] or on +353 (0)86 796 1282.


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