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Recruitment Agency Start-Up Tips

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​Recruitment Agency Start-Up Tips

Have an idea

Be clear about what you want to do. Evidence shows specialist businesses that find a niche and develop their profile within it tend to do better. Employers are more likely to seek recruitment support from a company that specialises in their area. Identify the sector or sectors you know most about. Decide what it is that makes you special and how you can shape a business that offers something your competitors don’t.


Now that you’re planning to be your own boss you need to get an understanding of the rules and regulations of the industry. This will include what insurance you’ll need to protect your business. How to obtain an Employment Agency Licence in Ireland. The main piece of legislation in the recruitment industry is the Employment Agencies Act, 1971. Recruitment agencies are also subject to the full range of laws that govern all companies. There’s a lot to know, so make sure you’re informed before you take the leap.

Create a plan

Identify the market you can best target and service. Find out what geographical areas you can cover. Do you have special knowledge of any market sector that you can use to your advantage? Who is already operating in your area? and how much competition do they represent?

Most importantly, you need to plan your income and expenditure forecast. You need to establish how you’ll be able to sustain yourself financially from the start. You also need to plan ahead for the next stage. What is your main goal? How are you defining it? By a turnover target? By plans to expand? If you don’t know where you want to go – you probably won’t get there!

Get the right help

If you’re planning on putting a team together you should know enough about recruitment to find the right staff for yourself. But it’s more than that. From the financial backing to the marketing, you need the right experts around you. An IT expert to help set up your online presence so that candidates and potential clients can find you. Hiring an accountant at different stages of your company’s growth, whether full-time, retainer, or project-based will make life a lot easier. Seek professional advice to create your T&Cs. Ideally, these experts should be people who know about recruitment.

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What Is the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland?

​The Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI) is a public body established in law to protect the health, safety of patients and the public by regulating pharmacists and pharmacies in Ireland. Pharmacists and pharmaceutical assistants must be registered with the PSI in order to practice in Ireland. The PSI also keeps a register of pharmacists, pharmaceutical assistants, and pharmacies publishedhere and can be searched by any member of the public.

Below is a list of options available to both first time and continued registration applicants:

  • First-Time Registration - This details how you can apply for registration as a first-time applicant in Ireland with the PSI. There are different routes of registration for pharmacists depending on where a person has graduated and trained as a pharmacist.

  • Continued Registration - Pharmacists wishing to remain on the register to practice in Ireland must apply on an annual basis for continued registration and pay a yearly fee.

  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) - In order to be accepted for continued registration, all pharmacists must complete a declaration on an annual basis that they undertake to maintain appropriate experience in the practice of pharmacy, keep up-to-date of continuing education and professional developments in the profession of pharmacy, and continuing professional development relevant to the practice of pharmacy.

  • Changes to Registration Details - Registrants can make changes to personal details held by the PSI using the online Registrant login section. It is important that registrants keep their contact details and other information updated for the public registers.

  • Canceling your Registration - If you no longer wish to be registered with the PSI or if you are considering retiring from the Register of Pharmacists, you can voluntarily cancel your registration with the PSI on request.

  • Restoring your Registration - If you wish to restore your name to the Register, having previously withdrawn, you should complete the restoration form and return it to the PSI.

Certificates of Registration are issued once applications for registration or continued registration, including fees, have been processed.

How Does a New Pharmacist Register with the PSI?

There arethree routesto registration. The route you take depends on where you received your training.

Irish Trained Pharmacist

If you trained in Ireland, then your National Pharmacy Internship Programme (NPIP) course qualifies you to apply for registration. Once you successfully complete the NPIP (and pass the Professional Registration Exam), you can apply for PSI registration by providing some personal documentation including proof of your course, ID, and the registration fee.

EU Trained pharmacist

If you are an EU national and trained as a pharmacist in an EU/EEA member state, then there are two ways to register as an EU pharmacist.

  1. Complete your application and submit all required documents. If you trained in a non-English speaking country, you will also need to provide evidence of your English language competence. Once your application is processed, you will be invited to attend a meeting to review your application.

  2. Register by using yourEuropean Professional Card

    (EPC) . The EPC is available to pharmacists, nurses, doctors etc. Your EPC allows your home state to verify your information and send it to the PSI on your behalf. However, the EPC does not guarantee your right to work in Ireland.

Trained Outside of the EU/EEA

If you trained outside the EU/EEA, then you must apply to have your pharmacist qualifications recognised in Ireland.

The PSI evaluates your education with afour-stage process.

  1. Make a valid application

  2. Pass an equivalency exam

  3. Adaptation period

  4. Professional Registration Examination (PRE)

Once you have successfully completed the qualification recognition assessment you can then submit an application to be added to the register of pharmacists. You will also have to meet the PSI’sLanguage Competency Requirements

 More information on how to register with the PSI can be foundhere.