Forfas hopes for creation of 44,500 hi-tech jobs
UP to 44,500 hi-tech jobs could be created over the next five years, according to a new report produced by state advisory agency Forfas and the expert group on future skills needs, writes Cormac McQuinn.
The report makes recommendations to ensure that Ireland maintains a competitive advantage in attracting investment in the sector and for how entrepreneurs can be encouraged to set up tech businesses here.
It states that "ensuring an adequate supply of creative and innovative ICT (Information and Communications Technology) talent" through education is key to the delivery of the potential jobs up to 2018.
Forfas boss Martin Shanahan said that the "challenge" was to meet the demand for people with ICT skills against competition from other countries.
Expert Group chairwoman Una Halligan said: "The research highlights the positive employment potential and the large scope for job creation in Ireland if the right steps are taken."