Thursday 8 December 2016

More skilled workers coming to Ireland than are leaving

Published 20/09/2015 | 02:30

Wendy Murphy, senior HR director for EMEA at LinkedIn,says the return of skilled ex-pats to Ireland can help to solve the country’s skills shortages
Wendy Murphy, senior HR director for EMEA at LinkedIn,says the return of skilled ex-pats to Ireland can help to solve the country’s skills shortages

Far more skilled professionals are coming to Ireland than leaving.

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About 20pc more skilled professionals came to Ireland than left during the second quarter of 2015, data scientists at LinkedIn have found. The software industry was the most popular sector for professionals moving to Ireland, reflecting the country's popularity as a destination both for European start-ups looking to expand and for US firms looking for an EU base. Healthcare and retail sectors also attracted foreign professionals.

But the company has urged government and the business community to do more to bring home skilled Irish people who have left the country to work overseas. Professionals who have left Ireland offer a wealth of talent in areas where the country faces skills shortages, the business networking site's senior human resources director for EMEA Wendy Murphy said. "I think we are underselling brand Ireland particularly in terms of the high quality of life that the country offers, especially for families" said Murphy.

The company is working with the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland on strategies to encourage the return of skilled ex-pats.

Sunday Indo Business

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