Programmers are 'like unicorns' – non-existent
FINDING a computer programmer in Ireland has been likened to finding a unicorn – impossible.
Few people know more about IT skills shortages than Patrick Leddy, founder of Furious Tribe. Starting with just a laptop and a desk, Mr Leddy's company now employs 24 people and has sales of more than €1m.
The fate of the relatively young and 100pc home-grown tech operation is indicative of how skills shortages are affecting Ireland's IT prospects.
The company maintains a headquarters in Dublin but it has had to move aspects of its operations to Krakow in Poland. "I just couldn't get the people I needed," he said. "Trying to find a programmer in Dublin at the moment is akin to looking for unicorn. They just don't exist."
Mr Leddy has also just founded another new business in Poland called gettechforce.com, which allows Irish companies tap into the skills they can't get at home – through Poland.