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Hardware Industry Jobs

Hardware Industry Jobs

What are the main occupations in this sector?

Hardware Retail:

  • General Manager 
  • Department Manager
  • Senior Sales Assistant
  • Entry Level Sales Assistant
  • Accounts/Credit Control
  • Admin
  • Yard Staff 
  • Driver 

Hardware Supply/Manufacturing:

  • Senior Management
  • Middle Management 
  • Buyer
  • Senior Field Sales Representative
  • Entry-Level Field Sales Representative 
  • Admin
  • General Operatives
  • Driver

See 'Typical Earnings' below for salary guidelines. 

What types of employment contracts are there?

Hardware Retail:

There are opportunities for full-time, part-time and flexi-time roles in different hardware businesses.

In a survey conducted with HAI retail/merchant members 22% of respondents said that they intend to hire part-time employees in 2018, while over 50% intend to hire full-time staff.

Hardware Supply/Manufacturing:

78% of HAI suppliers/manufacturers members intend to hire full-time staff in 2018, while 4% intend to hire part-time staff, with careers ranging from Sales to Delivery to Admin/Accounts.

What are the typical earnings of these occupations?

Hardware Retail:

General Manager – 47-50k

Department Manager – 33-36k

Senior Sales Assistant – 29-32k

Entry Level Sales Assistant – 21-24k

Accounts/Credit Control – 28-31k

Admin – 24-27k

Yard Staff – 24-27k

Driver – 27-30k

Hardware Supply/Manufacturing:

Senior Management - €80-100k

Middle Management – 45-48k

Buyer – 46-50k

Senior Field Sales Representative – 42-45k

Entry-Level Field Sales Representative – 29-32k

Admin – 27-30k

General Operatives – 24-27k

Driver – 30-33k

How do you get a job in this sector?

Hardware Jobs is Ireland’s first hardware industry-specific job board website, and job seekers can either apply for vacancies available on the website or register their CV and profile to the website so employers in the industry can contact them. – www.hardwarejobs.ie

Hardware Jobs includes vacancies at entry-level, middle, and senior level, and employers are open to meeting anyone with the experience and enthusiasm to work in the sector.

For any students interested in getting into the hardware industry we recommend they initially do their research and research facilities and support available from their career guidance counsellors. Transition Year is a helpful time to look for any available work experience in local hardware stores or builders merchants. Typically employers start out student/entry-level employees in specific areas in stores, like the warehouse or back office, where they can shadow more experienced employees in their day-to-day activities. As they start to learn more about the role and their environment they start to receive more responsibilities.