Around 20,000 foreigners are still moving to Ireland annually to fill jobs and despite our high unemployment rate there is strong demand for people with specific IT and language skills, the CSO said yesterday.
Careers officers in all third- level institutions have reported huge levels of requests from employers seeking to recruit IT graduates and say the demand outstrips supply.
Muireann Ni Dhuigneain, head of careers service at Dublin City University, said she receives calls from several IT firms every week trying to get a list of graduates from 2011 and previous years. "There are more opportunities than there are people to fill them", she said.
Seamus McEvoy, head of careers at UCC, said the overwhelming majority of their 50 computer science and 120 business information systems graduates from 2010 were in employment.
A spokesman for internet giant Google, whose European, Middle East and Africa headquarters are located on Barrow Street, Dublin, said the company currently had vacancies for people with Greek, Swedish, Hungarian, Portuguese, Danish and Hebrew language skills.
He said that around 60pc of their Dublin employees are from abroad. "Dublin is still seen as a good place to live and work," Google's spokesperson said. However he warned that Ireland does need to ensure that personal taxation levels do not rise to a level where it is unattractive for international staff to relocate here.
Demand for specialised staff such as software engineers, analytics specialists and project managers is currently high due to the increasing interest in digital services, Aaron O'Brien, client services director at CPL, one of Ireland's leading recruitment companies, said.