AXED TalkTalk workers are being snapped up by companies for jobs as far away as Germany since the British firm announced its closure.
Staff queued with their CVs in hand to meet firms who visited the Waterford facility yesterday to recruit for more than 150 new positions.
The Contact Centre Management Association of Ireland arranged yesterday's jobs fair to help a portion of the 575 redundant workers to stay in the industry.
Microsoft has hired a small number of workers for positions in Germany already -- and an Irish firm at yesterday's event, Voxpro in Cork, wants to snap up 45 employees as soon as possible. Interviews are being arranged for next week.
The CCMA Managing Director Dorothy O'Byrne phoned or emailed all of the call centres in Ireland on Friday -- and got a "phenomenal response".
However, almost all of the jobs are outside of the south-east region and will involve long commutes to Dublin, Cork or Limerick. There are a handful of positions in the nearby areas of Kilkenny and Clonmel, Co Tipperary. The pay scale for almost all of the jobs is from €21,000-€28,000 making the cost of maintaining a car and paying for fuel to go on four-hour round trips every day "very difficult" for workers with roots in Waterford.
Meanwhile, the EU Commissioner for Employment is to investigate the planned closure of the TalkTalk call centre in Waterford, with the loss of 575 jobs.