Ireland ranked second in EU 15 for jobseekers
Ireland is the second-most attractive location for EU jobseekers, new research has found.
A report by recruitment group Indeed said Ireland comes second after Luxembourg as the most attractive location for jobseekers within the EU 15 group of countries, adjusted for population size. The EU 15 comprises the 15 earliest countries to join the trading bloc - the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Sweden, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Austria, Belgium and Finland
Although Ireland has a population of only 4.5m, it still attracts almost as many jobseekers as countries with much bigger populations such as Italy (with a population of 60m) and Spain (population of 47m), Indeed said, adding that Brexit could boost Ireland's position ever further.
"As an English-speaking destination with a growing economy, Ireland's attractiveness is likely to increase should the UK vote for Brexit," said Mariano Mamertino, EMEA economist with Indeed.
"It's likely that a vote for Brexit would bolster Ireland's attractiveness to talented workers looking for high quality roles within the European Union. Sectors like technology, pharmaceuticals and financial services would benefit from a larger pool of available candidates for whom a UK outside the European Union might be less accessible or less attractive.
"Of course there is the important caveat that the improved talent pool may not offset the wider economic risks that Brexit poses to the Irish economy given the extensive trading relationship between the two countries," Mr Mamertino said.
The research also found that Irish people are the third biggest seekers of jobs in Britain.