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Tuesday 16 July 2019

The West's Awake: Increase in job vacancies on the Wild Atlantic Way

Heritage: Poulnabrone Dolmen Tomb, in the Burren, County Clare is just one of the sites along the Wild Atlantic Way. Photo: Getty
Heritage: Poulnabrone Dolmen Tomb, in the Burren, County Clare is just one of the sites along the Wild Atlantic Way. Photo: Getty

The number of vacant jobs in counties situated along the Wild Atlantic Way has increased this year, according to the latest report from Irishjobs.ie.

There was a double-digit increase in the number of roles advertised in counties Kerry, Clare and Sligo from January to March last.

Currently there are 1,281 job vacancies listed on the jobs site that are situated in the nine counties along the Wild Atlantic Way on Ireland's west coast.

The findings support many of the job- creation reports coming out of the West of Ireland in the last 12 months.

The need for workers is not just in tourism, industries such as manufacturing in Kerry and Clare, life sciences in Limerick and biotechnology and IT in Sligo are seeing growth in employment.

The news will be welcomed by professionals considering relocating out of the capital, where rents are reaching an all-time high and the supply of housing is constrained.

Orla Moran, general manager at Irishjobs.ie, said: "Once upon a time, the perception among many ambitious professionals was that you needed to be in Dublin in order to maximise your career. This is no longer the case.

"This year alone we have seen significant job growth in Kerry, Limerick, Clare and Sligo and employers like Kirby Engineering, Pramerica and Cook Medical are luring highly sought-after professionals West of the Shannon," Ms Moran added.

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