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Ireland in a 'war for talent' in tech sector, says Bruton

Jobs Minister Richard Bruton says the country is in a “war for talent” in the tech sector, but is exceeding targets for producing qualified graduates.

In an interview with Independent.ie at the Web Summit, Mr Bruton said there is a “worldwide shortage” of tech workers.

“There is a war for talent. I think we are number one in the world in terms of availability for talent so a lot of what we are doing is right. But we certainly sit on our laurels and think we have it cracked because things are changing.

“Big data, data analytics is going to be a driver of a lot of activity. That requires deep skill analysts, it requires mathematicians. Those are challenging and we have to drive those sectors in our education system.

“So you have to plan. But a couple of years ago, three years ago, we were only supplying 45pc of our ICT needs from our own colleges. Our target to 2018 is 75pc and we are well over 60pc already, so we are definitely hitting our targets and indeed exceeding them,” he said.

Mr Bruton said the big drivers of export growth in the country were in the software sector. He said the tech sector was “crucial”.

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