Belfast Telegraph

Grafton makes six redundancies but starts new recruitment drive

By Margaret Canning

Ireland's biggest recruitment firm is making six redundancies in Northern Ireland as part of a restructuring of the business.

Grafton Employment Group, which employs around 600 people in the province, said it would take on more staff over the next year as it sets up a new division focused on recruitment process outsourcing - taking over payroll and other human resources functions from client companies.

Jason Kennedy, Grafton's group chief executive in Ireland, said: "Our financial year runs to the end of March and we are set to produce a really stellar year with almost 100% growth in earnings.

"Our organisation is restructuring for the future to allow us to expand at the pace we have already been growing at.

"We are bringing in significant new resources by way of new talent, new service lines and a very significant investment in new technology."

He said Grafton would be launching a "very aggressive" move into recruitment process outsourcing to meet client demand for the service.

The new line of business would be launched first in Ireland before being adopted in its operations around the world, he said.

Mr Kennedy revealed the firm would recruit up to 12 new staff for the new division.

In a separate development, Grafton confirmed that its managing director Cathy McCorry is leaving the company.

She joined the business in 1995 as a branch manager.

Mr Kennedy went on to add: "We could not have achieved so many of our commercial and corporate goals without Cathy's commitment and drive."