Sunday 15 September 2019

Opportunities open up for jobseekers

Job opportunities are opening up for candidates across the country with big recruiters outside of Dublin targeting and attracting talented professionals, says Orla Moran, General Manager of

The Irish job market has never been more vibrant according to Orla Moran, General Manager of

“2017 has been candidates market and that’s not going to change anytime soon. In fact, with economic experts predicting unemployment rates to fall to close to 5pc by the end of next year, the competition between companies to attract the best is going to heat up even more over.”

Choice Across Ireland

“There’s no doubt that Ireland’s capital, Dublin, enjoys the lion’s share of job creation and investment,” says Orla, “but, what has been interesting to see this year has been the changes in the job market further afield. Urban centres like Cork and, in particular, Limerick are proving highly popular as alternative locations for candidates.“

It’s a shift that is being driven by property prices. Recent data has shown that Dublin rent is €330 higher per month than during the Celtic Tiger. With no signs of that changing anytime soon, large companies outside of Dublin are increasingly confident that they can attract top talent away from the city.

The spread of high-skilled, high-value jobs outside Dublin is a trend Moran expects to continue into 2018.

“In the past companies in Dublin always had the draw of living in the Capital to bolster their recruitment.  However, with the costs of rents continually increasing that advantage has diminished over the course of 2017” observes Moran.

High Value Jobs Across Ireland

“We have seen more companies outside Dublin emphasising the quality of life, good commutes and affordable property to attract candidates. Financial services giant State Street is currently promoting roles in their Kilkenny office on, while the Donegal based global software company, Pramerica is now one of the largest employers in the North West. In Sligo engineering company Lotusworks is absolutely thriving.”

“Limerick has had a tremendous year, with our jobs index recording a 43% growth in the number of jobs advertised online. Big recruiters such as Northern Trust, Regeneron, Cook Medical and Johnson & Johnson are all pulling career-focused professionals to the city.”

“Galway has its own tale to tell with top bank BNP Paribas drawing top banking talent to the West. Innovative online education platform Alison is leading the charge for digital professionals and of course, the city remains a hub for leading Medical Device companies such as Aerogen, Medtronic and Creganna Medical.

Moran also notes the opportunities available in the South East saying “Waterford and Wexford are also providing openings for candidates with West Pharmaceuticals, Sun Life Information Services and Glanbia all actively recruiting right now.”

“We believe this trend will continue in 2018.  It’s good news for ambitious professionals. This distribution of opportunities not only gives them the freedom to live where they chose but also to build their careers with world-class companies. ”

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