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Tuesday 13 November 2018

Tech workers all over the world are moving to this Irish city for a better life

Cork
Cork
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

An Irish city has emerged as a popular destination for workers in the tech industry looking for better career opportunities.

A new survey has revealed that seven out of ten tech professionals move to Cork for this reason - in addition to obtaining a better work-life balance and quality of life.

Shorter commutes and lower living costs were also reasons for the city's draw according to The Cork Tech Talent Relocation Survey, which included responses from workers of 27 different nationalities.

The respondents - two thirds of whom have relocated to Cork during the last two years - came from countries such as China, the US, South Africa, France, Egypt and the Netherlands.

More than 85pc of those surveyed said they were satisfied or very satisfied with their relocation while 80pc say they now have a better balance between their work and home lives.

"The Cork region is experiencing a surge in the number of international professionals who are moving to the region for the work life balance that both the culture and economic environment can facilitate," Rory Walsh, Cork Regional Manager at Collins McNicholas, which carried out the research in conjunction with Cork Chamber, IDA Ireland and Cork City Council.

"Many expanding global organisations and indigenous companies are offering competitive salaries and interesting projects while the region also provides an unrivalled local charm and thriving social scene."

Out of those surveyed, 78pc said they did not have a difficult time finding a job in Cork and 85pc now have a commute of less than 40 minutes to their workplace.

While just over one quarter of those who relocated were originally from Ireland, some 73pc relocated from outside of Ireland.

"Over the last seven years, Cork has seen consistent growth in the numbers gaining employment across international companies — an increase of 11,500 people since 2009," Ray O’Connor, IDA Regional Manager South West, said.

"A University City with over 30,000 full and part-time students across several colleges; strong established industry clusters; an expanding international airport on its doorstep; a cosmopolitan city with a rich mix of different nationalities; a rich heritage and history; and a great quality of life – these are some of the factors that have attracted both international companies and people with skills and talent to the area."

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