Tuesday 17 September 2019

Tech companies turn to foreign job seekers to fill industry roles

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Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

Irish-based tech companies are starting to rely more on interest from foreign job seekers to fill roles in the sector.

Last year, one in four online clicks on tech jobs in Ireland came from abroad, up from 17pc five years ago, according to data from job site Indeed.

As the country approaches full employment demand for highly-skilled candidates for tech jobs remains robust.

Pawel Adrjan, Economist with Indeed said: "Migration flows have always been a feature of the Irish labour market and clicks from abroad can be a good indicator of future migration intentions. With unemployment falling below 5pc in today's competitive labour market, employers in many sectors depend increasingly on inward migration to increase their workforce."

The top five countries of origin for clicks on tech jobs in Ireland were the UK, India, US, Spain and Brazil.

The research also found that candidates were most in demand in the area of cyber security. Employers were most commonly seeking IT security specialists and security engineers, as well as IT auditors, security analysts and information security analysts.

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