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Shona McManus SIA 2023 Global Women in Power List

Shóna McManus recognised on the 2023 Global Power 150 Women in Staffing List

The entire Osborne Team would like to say a huge congratulations to Osborne CEO and Owner Shóna McManus who has been included in the 2023 Global Power 150 Women in Staffing list.

The Global Power 150 Women in Staffing list recognises women across the globe for their exceptional contribution to the staffing industry, their organisations and their communities.

This is Shóna’s eight time being recognised on the Global Power 150 Women in Staffing list – a phenomenal achievement and one we are very proud of here at Osborne.

Speaking at the launch of the 2023 Global Power Women in Staffing list, Chief Operating Officer for the Staffing Industry Analysts, Ursula Williams said “ The incredible impact of the 2023 Global Power 150 Women in Staffing is made even more remarkable given our current environment of post-pandemic shifts, economic concerns and geopolitical issues. Meeting such dramatic change and challenges with innovation and growth is a true power move, and the powerhouse women on this list have made such moves in the workforce solutions ecosystem. A huge congratulations to this year’s Global Power 150 Women in Staffing.”

You can read Shóna’s feature on the Global Power 150 Women in Staffing list here:

Congratulations Shóna – We’re very proud of you!

#RecruitmentExcellence #ChangingLives

Osborne Webinar: HR Barometer Series: Your Guide to Strategic HR Decision Making to Drive Organisational Success

This webinar is COMPLIMENTARY but registration is essential. Register here *

We are delighted to invite you to attend the latest in our 2023 Osborne Talent Series Webinars in association with our key strategic partner, Adare HRM.

Complimentary Webinar

Date:                 Tuesday 21st November

Time:                 09:15am – 11:00am
Location:          Zoom Webinar – Link

Hosted By:       Shóna McManus, CEO & Owner, Osborne, David Walsh, Director of Commercial Development, Osborne

Presented by:  Sarah Fagan, Managing Director, Adare HRM, Amanda Finnegan, Head of Retained Services, Adare HRM, Michelle McDonagh, Head of HR Consulting, Adare HRM

 Your Guide to Strategic HR Decision Making

The HR Barometer Report is the most comprehensive research report analysing the impacts, challenges and opportunities within the HR and Employment Law landscape in Ireland. It is an invaluable source of information, analysis and insights on the key issues and challenges facing HR Practitioners.

This latest webinar is a must-attend event for HR Practitioners who are seeking to inform and empower their Strategic HR decision-making for 2024.

To set the scene Adare Consultants will first cover impending employment law changes and how businesses can commence the strategic approach in managing these changes.

Key Senior Consultants from the Adare HRM expert-led team will share the findings of the latest HR Barometer Survey and what these mean for HR Practitioners and Business Owners in the year ahead.

The survey encompassed contributions from senior HR professionals working in a variety of sectors throughout the country. This is the second survey carried out this year and provides timely information that will help you shape your HR & People Strategies.

Topics to be Discussed:

  • Employment Law Updates
  • EU Directive on Pay Transparency
  • Work Life Balance & Miscellaneous Provisions Act
  • HR Barometer
  • HR Priorities in 2024
  • HR Metrics (Employee turnover, Increase to headcount)
  • HR Strategic Areas incl. Pensions & Retirement, Performance Management, Gender Pay and D&I
  • Working Practices
  • Pay & Benefits

Who should attend?
Business Leaders, Senior Managers, Business Owners, HR Professionals and those tasked with the responsibility for managing change within their organisation.


Shóna McManus, CEO & Owner| Osborne
Qualified to MBA, Shóna McManus is a highly accomplished, respected and recognised global recruitment business leader. Since taking the reins of Osborne in April 2013, Shóna’s innovative, authentic and purposeful leadership has resulted in the growth and transformation of Osborne into the multi-award-winning international recruitment firm we know today.

Under her guidance, the organisation has increased its footprint, turnover, profits and headcount tenfold over the past nine years, adding numerous awards to its repertoire whilst leading the organisation to successfully help thousands of job seekers and employers in the recruitment process to ‘find the right person, for the right job, no compromise’.

Shóna has recently qualified with a Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors, is currently Co-Chair of The Mill Enterprise Centre Board and is a Director on Drogheda Port Company Board. She was previously Vice-President of the ERF, President of Drogheda & District Chamber and is also involved in Regional, National and Government committees and strategic work groups and projects.

David Walsh, Director of Commercial Development | Osborne
David Walsh is a highly experienced international recruitment professional with a proven track record of solving skills shortages for companies in Ireland and internationally. From partnering with government bodies and multinationals to working with indigenous SME’s, David is an adaptable and innovative recruitment professional who has tailored bespoke solutions for all levels of assignment to solve their specialist recruitment needs. David has in excess of 22 years’ experience working within the recruitment industry and holds a BBS Hons in Marketing and French and a Diploma in Sales and International Selling.

Sarah Fagan, Managing Director | Adare HRM
Sarah’s role as Managing Director involves overseeing the strategic direction of the business and the HR and Employment Law support services provided to clients across a wide range of sectors by the experienced team of consultants within Adare Human Resource Management. Prior to taking on the role of Managing Director in January 2022, Sarah’s role as Consulting Practice Manager was to support Adare Human Resource Management clients in the delivery of agreed strategic Employee Relations, Industrial Relations and Human Resources consulting projects and oversee the consultancy services provided to clients.

Michelle Mc Donagh, Head of HR Consulting I Adare HRM

Michelle Mc Donagh, MSc. HR Strategies, Chartered MCIPD, PGDip Employment Law is an experienced Human Resources and Employment Law practitioner. Advising and supporting a wide variety of organisations across the private, not for profit and public sector Michelle uses her expertise and strategic focus to analyse organisations and build a tailored HR model to support achievement of the organisational goals. Key areas of focus are organisational design, enhancing critical skills, leadership development and day to day practical Human Resources and Employment Law advises underpinned by a positive employee experience.

Amanda Finnegan, Head of Retained Services I Adare HRM
Amanda has over 22 years’ experience in Human Resource Management, and the majority of those in consulting to Public and Private organisations. Her focus has predominantly been in Organisational Development where she assisted the internal HR Specialists to deliver strategic projects that deliver gains on several internal scoreboards: Organisational Strategy, Performance, Talent Development and Retention, Employee Engagement and increased Portfolio Performance. Throughout her career, she gravitated toward roles with increasing focus on people management as well as high-level peer and client collaboration. She is a natural leader and loves to coach both small and large teams toward success and meeting their goals.


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Osborne Changing Lives – Jordan’s Story

When I first applied for the position that I hold today I was living in Drogheda, working in sales in a shop in the local town. The experience I gained from this position was great but while I was gaining invaluable experience it was to the detriment of my work life balance and physical health.

I heard from Osborne shortly after applying for my current position and was kept well informed during the entire interview process. I felt like the team at Osborne were exceptionally reassuring and helpful throughout the entire process.

I received word that I was successful in my application shortly after the interview process, news that I was truly delighted to hear. The job that I was applying for would give me the ability to move to an area closer to my friends and family allowing me to spend more time with them.

I am now living in an area where I am closer to my friends and family that, thanks to my new position, is financially feasible for me. Again, my working hours have also greatly increased the amount of time that I am able to spend with my loved ones. I have also been able to re-join the gym and spend more time enjoying my other hobbies.

The current position I hold has also been exceptionally beneficial regarding the new experience and knowledge that I am gaining, all of which I feel will help  grow my professional career. All in all, I am very thankful for the position that I hold and the opportunity that has been provided to me.

Ready to take the next step on your career journey? Find job opportunities in your area that suit your expertise by visiting:  or send your C.V to [email protected]

Have you seen our #ChangingLives video? It’s something we’re super proud of at Osborne and explains why we do what we do.

Watch it here and let us know what you think!

Webinar: Temporary Staffing: An Effective Talent & Business Solution to give your Business the Competitive Edge.

Wondering how hiring temporary talent can significantly improve your business? In the current economic climate, organisations are strategically hiring temporary talent to address their current business demands, whether it’s to scale up quickly, cover sick leave, assist on a niche project or to cope with additional workload demands.

Date:                        Wednesday 6th September 2023
Time:                        01:00pm – 01:30pm
Location:                 Zoom Webinar –Register HERE

Presented By:         Jim Wylie, Temporary Staffing Expert & Senior Commercial Development Manager, Joanne Murray, Temporary Staffing Expert & Recruitment & Business Director, Osborne, Karen O’Rourke, Temporary Staffing Expert & Assistant Recruitment & Business Manager, Osborne
In this complimentary 30-minute webinar our team of Temporary Staffing Experts will explain everything you ever wanted to know about hiring Temporary Talent for your business from the benefits & initial process to compliance, training and payroll. Throughout the presentation our team will provide real life case-studies and demonstrate the positive impact on business across all sectors.

Client Testimonial: “Having worked with the Osborne Temp Team for the last couple of years I have to say the service they provide is second to none. Whether it’s last-minute temps or longer contract roles they will always have suitable candidates in no time at all” Talent Acquisition Manager, Irish PLC

Candidate Testimonial: “I have had the pleasure of working with the Osborne Temporary Team and the process could not have been easier. The whole process was seamless and stress free and the communication and support I received from Osborne is unmatched.

Presentation Topics:
  • Why hire temporary talent?
  • Roles that can be filled by Temporary Talent.
  • The benefits of hiring a temp instead of a permanent hire.
  • Steps taken when hiring a temp.
  • Compliance required from your business.
  • How to get the best engagement from temporary hires.
  • How payroll is managed for temps.
Who should attend?

Business Owners, Managers and HR Professionals and those tasked with the responsibility for managing change within their organisation.

Host & Presenters:

Our team of specialist Temporary Staffing Experts have been recruiting and providing temporary staff for our clients in Ireland and Internationally since 1996. As a multi award winning division, our team are happy to answer any questions you may have about hiring temporary talent for your business throughout the presentation.

Joanne Murray, Temporary Staffing Expert | Recruitment & Business Director | Osborne With 20+ years’ experience recruiting temporary talent in Ireland and Internationally, Joanne Murray is one of the most accomplished recruiters in Ireland specialising in Office and Secretarial recruitment . Joanne was crowned the National Recruitment Federation Recruiter of the year in 2014/2015 and has led her team to win Best in Practice Office and Secretarial at the ERF awards 7 times, most recently in 2022. Her personal yet professional approach to recruitment has seen her partner with clients of all sizes and sectors from start-ups, SME’s, Irish indigenous firms, Government bodies and MNC’s in Ireland and Internationally, recruiting for a diverse range of temporary and contract roles from Office Managers, Receptions and Administrators to HR Executives and Personal Assistants.

Jim Wylie, Temporary Staffing Expert | Senior Commercial Development Manager | Osborne Jim has over 25 years’ experience in recruitment, working in the recruitment, commercial and business development aspects of the business. Jim has been instrumental in providing temporary staffing solutions to a wide variety of Osborne clients throughout Ireland across a number of different disciplines such as Office & Administration, Accountancy & Finance and Light Industrial. Jim has extensive experience participating on interview panels as an independent interviewer for both private and public sector candidates.

Karen O’Rourke, Temporary Staffing Expert | Assistant Recruitment & Business Manager | Osborne Karen O’Rourke is a dedicated and seasoned Recruitment Consultant and Temporary Staffing Expert with a proven track record in sourcing and placing top-tier temporary talent across diverse industry sectors. With 9+ years of experience, Karen has a wealth of knowledge and a deep understanding of the ever-evolving landscape of temporary staffing needs, excelling in delivering tailored workforce solutions to meet the dynamic demands of clients. Karen regularly scores 10/10 NPs from her clients in both the public and private sector and has recruited for a diverse range of temporary and contract roles across multiple sectors including Office & Administration, HR, Sales & Marketing, Customer Service, Production & Manufacturing and Light Industrial.

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Osborne Gala Celebration Highlights Video

#ThrowbackThursday to 31st March this year and the night of our incredible Osborne Gala celebration which was held in the Round Room at the Mansion House.

It truly was an incredible night to remember filled with dinner, dancing and a sprinkling of magic to celebrate our wonderful clients, colleagues and the 10-year anniversary since Osborne CEO Shona McManus took over the company.

It was also the night where we premiered our #ChangingLives campaign – something we’re very proud of.

Our guests were treated to some magical entertainment provided by the mesmerising Keith Barry before dancing the night away to the sound of Europe’s Premier Supergroup Spring Break.

A huge thank you to everyone who joined us on the night and made the evening one we’ll never forget.

Thank you to Barry Lynch of InFocus Media for capturing so many memorable moments from the night. You can watch our highlights video here

#OsborneGala #ChangingLives

“Get Skilled, Get Employed” Workshop with Osborne & Boomerang Cafe

We had a brilliant afternoon at the Osborne offices in Drogheda today, hosting the final Job Hunting workshop for a fantastic group of young adults and staff from Boomerang Centre & Cáfe.

📚 Throughout the workshops, we dove into various topics related to the job search process, from crafting impressive C.Vs and cover letters to fine-tuning social media profiles to catch the eyes of potential employers.

💼 Today’s session was extra special as the group got the chance to participate in mock interviews with members of the Osborne Recruitment team. And guess what? Each and every participant absolutely nailed it – Well done guys!

🌟 If you want to learn more about how your company can get involved in supporting the “Get Skilled, Get Employed” workshop initiative, reach out to Boomerang or visit

#JobHuntingWorkshop #GetSkilledGetEmployed #cv

Congratulations to our Osbornites who recently passed their ERF Certificate

Huge congratulations to our colleagues who have recently completed their ERF Certification and passed with flying colours.
Well done Lisa Hughes, David Wood, Shauna Cannon, Karen O’Brien,
Catherine O’Hara and Carrie Murphy. Growth is one of our key values at Osborne and is embedded in our culture and everything we do as an organisation.

As a group and as individuals we continuously invest in our own personal and professional development, always striving to become the very best version of ourselves.
Well done again folks – we’re very proud of you!


Osborne visits Seattle as part of Trade Mission

Osborne’s Director of Commercial Development David Walsh and Senior Commercial Development Manager Jim Wylie were delighted to travel to Seattle as part of a trade mission recently with Fingal County Council and Fingal Chamber.


The trade mission, led by the outgoing Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Howard Mahony, and Fingal Chamber Vice-President Kevin Smith was to create economic, educational and tourism opportunities between Fingal and Washington State. They were joined by Fingal County Council Chief Executive AnnMarie Farrelly, Fingal Chamber Chief Executive Anthony Cooney and the President of Dublin City University, Daire Keogh.


Speaking following the trip David Walsh Director of Commercial Development with Osborne said “It was a fantastic visit and striking to see the reach that Irish organisations and Irish based companies have in the world. What was most impressive is how many of these world changing and world leading initiatives originated, or are being driven from Ireland. With valuable insights into what is happening in terms of sustainability and green tech it was a exceptional insight into what businesses can do to meet the challenges around innovation and education”


Jim Wylie, Senior Commercial Development Manager with Osborne also said “Our Trade Mission was an excellent opportunity to forge strategic relationships with other members of the Trade Mission from Fingal County Council, Technological University Dublin, Dublin City University and Skillnet Ireland along with our strategic partner, Fingal Chamber of

Commerce. Visiting Seattle allowed Osborne to get 1st hand knowledge of new ideas and innovations and also develop new links on an International



Read more about the trade mission below.

Council and Chamber working to strengthen links with Washington State – News – Fingal Chamber, CO. DUBLIN

#trademission #recruitmentexcellence #businessbuilding

Osborne Changing Lives – Maggie’s Story

We know that changing jobs is one of the most important decisions you’ll make in your lifetime. We also know that finding the right job can have a huge positive impact on your life and wanted to share some of the real life experiences from candidates whose lives have changed for the better after they found a job that they really loved.

You can read more about Maggie’s story and our Changing Lives campaign below.
A special mention and thank you to Maggie for sharing her story with us.


I had been with my previous employer for years before I got sick with breast cancer in 2020. It was obviously a really stressful time in my life, so I took some time out to focus on my health and get better. The country was in the thick of Covid at the time so when the opportunity to take redundancy came up, I took it.

Many of my colleagues had since moved on and I didn’t want to go back to the office when so many of the people I knew were no longer there so I took that extra time to focus on me and my family and figure out what the next step was going to look like for me.

After a while I decided it was time to go back to work because I was really missing the routine and the interaction with colleagues. I was searching for something suitable for a long time and had almost given up hope when Valerie from Osborne called.

I was delighted when she told me that there was a part time position available that she felt would be a perfect fit for me. It was of course pretty dauting going back to work after being out for a while but the support I had was great. I now work from home part time and it’s just so lovely to be in a routine again and it’s great to have that work life balance especially with my children.

My health is good at the moment which is great and I’m off out tonight to meet some of my new colleagues for a meal which is lovely. I’m delighted with how things are working out!

I also can’t thank Valerie from Osborne enough who has been so supportive to me throughout this whole process!

Thank you Valerie and thank you Osborne #ChangingLives

Ready to take the next step on your career journey? Find job opportunities in your area that suit your expertise by visiting:  call 01-6384400 or send your C.V to [email protected]

Have you seen our #ChangingLives video? It’s something we’re super proud of at Osborne and explains why we do what we do.

Watch it here and let us know what you think!


Osborne Changing Lives – Viviane’s Story


We know that changing jobs is one of the most important decisions you’ll make in your lifetime. We also know that finding the right job can have a huge positive impact on your life and wanted to share some of the real life experiences from candidates whose lives have changed for the better after they found a job that they really loved.

You can read more about Viviane’s story and our Changing Lives campaign below.
A special mention and thank you to Viviane for sharing her story with us.


Initially when I decided to return to the workplace after spending some time at home in Brazil, I wasn’t feeling very confident. Even though I had many years of work experience under my belt I still felt slightly insecure because I didn’t have experience in the Irish jobs market.

Then, I came across Osborne and spoke to a wonderful Recruitment Consultant, David McCoy from the Blanchardstown office. He was extremely kind, professional and supportive and explained the whole process very clearly. He helped me find opportunities that were a perfect fit for my skillset and experience.

At first, I worked as a temp which was a great experience and the opportunity to get back into the workforce and boost my confidence. After a while, with his help, I was delighted to be offered a permanent job that really suited my skills and experience, and I am so happy.

I don’t have the words to explain how thankful I am to David and to Osborne who really took the time to understand the type of role that I was best suited to and helped me along my career path, I am beyond grateful.”

Ready to take the next step on your career journey? Find job opportunities in your area that suit your expertise by visiting:  call 01-6384400 or send your C.V to [email protected]

Have you seen our #ChangingLives video? It’s something we’re super proud of at Osborne and explains why we do what we do.

Watch it here and let us know what you think!