Roisin Burke has a trawl through the situations vacant and comes up with some top jobs
LOOKING for a new career, or just kicking the tyres of the jobs market? Either way, there are some highly desirable positions out there at the moment.
134 jobs at Google in Dublin
The search engine giant's European HQ in Dublin's docklands currently has more than 100 openings in a whole range of areas from finance to product management to engineering.
Among the jobs on offer at Google are several software engineer positions, believed to be salaried at €40,000 to €65,000, two network engineer jobs at between €40,000 and €55,000 and an engineer manager/director role that could pay up to €100,000.
It is famed as a great place to work. Three free gourmet chef-manned canteens have led to what is dubbed the "Google 10lbs" – the weight new staffers put on from overindulging when they start. Other staff perks include free massages, a music room, arcade games and a free gym, and they are building a swimming pool. The downside is you will probably never leave the building.
Find out more or apply at Google's jobs page.
65 jobs with Apple in Cork
And they are not all for techie uber-geeks. There are skilled roles up for grabs across a range of areas including business support, operations, finance and human resources, as well as lots of IT stuff at Apple's Cork office.
Apple Cork salaries are not going to buy you a yacht. Local recruitment sources who hire for companies that benchmark against Apple say average corporate salaries are €23,000 to €33,000 but with bonus and other generous extras.
There is a free gym, and bonuses, stock options and health insurance benefits are other sweeteners. We also hear there are great staff parties and a lively dating scene.
Apple's jobs page has the details (on the jobs, not the dating).
At the moment the company is looking for a financial logistics analyst, project managers, a facilities engineer, payroll and anti-fraud specialists with languages, a credit card services accountant and a systems engineer. There are dozens of other jobs too.
200 high-skill finance
jobs in Galway
A major name in world finance, managing €3trn worth of assets, Fidelity Investments needs technology and operations people for its base outside Galway city.
It is looking for 200 "highly-skilled professionals". The jobs to fill are a mix of entry-level and management positions in areas including investment management, retirement planning and portfolio advice.
A senior quality assurance engineer job is one current vacancy, salary scale circa €40,000 to €50,000, and a senior business analyst at €40,000 to €60,000.
Fidelity says it has one of the best staff benefit packages out there. Check out fiscireland.ie for more.
30 top accountancy
jobs in Dublin
After a year of bumper growth in 2012, "Big 5" pinstripe firm Ernst & Young is seeking to hire 30 senior people in advisory, assurance and business support, with some jobs commanding up to six-figure salaries. A rewards programme and maternity benefits are some of the added extras on offer. See ey.com.
100 software jobs in Dublin
Forward-looking Californian mobile technology company Swrve has started recruiting in Ireland with a target to take on 100 people within two years. Right now it has jobs in web development, product engineering and other IT-based areas.
"Our team in Dublin already consists of the brightest and best – we just need more of them. A lot more," Swrve boss Hugh Reynolds has said. Swrve recently got a €5m investment from Intel and other investors and is growing fast.
Its clients are some of the biggest players in the gaming industry.
As well as "competitive salaries", Swrve provides money towards your commuting costs and computer needs and health benefits. There's also an annual yearly company trip to "somewhere cool" and Friday beers. See Swrve's jobs page for more.
30 IT professionals in Galway
Smartphone technology maker Synchronoss is looking for software engineers, iPhone developers and more to staff its new European R&D nerve centre in the west.
Following a series of contract wins it's expanding, and this is the second phase of an ongoing hiring plan. Recruitment is through CPL. See cpl.ie/synchronoss
50 jobs in Dublin
Having just set up a new Dublin office, US computer services company LogMeIn is taking on staff for a big expansion of its international operations. It likes what it calls our "highly educated, mobile-savvy workforce" and aims to triple its employee numbers in the next year.
It is recruiting for jobs in sales, customer support, marketing, finance and human resources.
Group trips to exotic destinations to recharge, flexible working hours and working from home are part of its work-life balance policy. See logmein.com