Saturday 3 December 2016

CVs fly to Dublin from Britain in wake of Brexit

Sean Duffy and Colm Kelpie

Published 14/09/2016 | 02:30

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland James Brokenshire Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland James Brokenshire Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The number of applications for jobs in the Irish financial sector from Britain spiked by a dramatic 800pc in the aftermath of Brexit.

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The sudden attractiveness of working in Ireland was revealed in a survey by a recruitment firm.

Manpower says applications from Britain were split 50-50 between Irish people currently working in Britain, and British and European workers reappraising their careers after the Brexit vote.

Manpower's head of sales in Ireland John Galvin, told the Irish Independent: "We were surprised by the huge increase in volume in people from the UK applying for jobs in the financial sector here. The Brexit vote took everyone by surprise, and I think that was reflected in what we saw with regards to the increase in applications. People were obviously worried about what it meant for them and were weighing up their options."

Mr Galvin says the changed landscape means those looking to relocate to Ireland will find it more difficult to find work here: "What it means is that the situation is going to be a lot more competitive for people looking to move here from the UK. Similarly, what it means for employers is that they will now have a much deeper pool of talent to choose from."

Job applicants are primarily concerned with gaining certainty about their future prospects. Manpower expects the dramatic rise in applications to ease in the months ahead as people digest the Brexit vote.

Meanwhile, Northern Ireland Secretary of State James Brokenshire has moved to calm fears that British plans to scrap the Human Rights Act would have repercussions for the peace process.

Mr Brokenshire said a proposed new British Bill of Rights would be consistent with the commitments set out in the Good Friday Agreement.

He made the comments during his first visit to Dublin yesterday since taking office.

Mr Brokenshire also reiterated his desire, and that of Prime Minster Theresa May, that there would be no hard border on the island post-Brexit.

"I would reiterate what Theresa May has said. She has been very, very clear, that we don't want to see a return to the borders of the past," he said.

Irish Independent

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