Thursday 23 May 2019

Tech jobs on offer in the NW

A major tech and biotech recruiting event hosted by Career Zoo is taking place in Sligo on October 12th called 'Tech on the Wild Atlantic Way'.

Sligo-based firms Abbvie, Abbott, US tech firms Overstock and LiveTiles as well as IT Sligo are spearheading the event which will see over 500 tech and biotech candidates come to Sligo.

The scale of the event is a first for Sligo, reflecting the county's burgeoning reputation as a tech and biotrech hub and the attractions of living and working on the Wild Atlantic Way.

The overall aim of the event is to connect employers with world-class tech candidates who are interested in working and living in the North West, West and Midlands.

Tech and biotech workers are increasingly finding themselves priced out of the housing market in Dublin and the east coast, with soaring rents and house prices gobbling up their disposable income and contributing to a poorer quality of life.

Sligo and other towns outside of Dublin have enjoyed a string of new high-end jobs announcements in recent months. Tech and biotech professionals are drawn to the cheaper cost of living along the Atlantic coast and in the Midlands and a fast-growing tech scene.

With more people seeking a better work/life balance, employers are looking at new, more attractive options to make direct, high-value hires and access new talent pools.

Over 500 experienced tech and biotech candidates are expected to join the 'Tech on the Wild Atlantic Way' event at The Model, Sligo, on October 12, with a 'Tech Train' bringing interested job candidates to Sligo from Dublin.

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The event is supported by employers from across the West, North West and Midlands including Abbvie, Abbott, Sligo-based US technology firms Overstock and Live Tiles, Donegal-based Pramerica, Galway-based Boston Scientific, Athlone-based pharma company PPD as well as IDA Ireland which has held a number of successful Tech/Life Balance events.

Employers will be able to brief job seekers face-to-face on a string of vacancies across a range of roles including Back-End, Front-end, Biotech, Medtech, Fintech, IoT, Data, Cyber, AI, DevOps, VR & AR.

As well as landing salaries that can compare with Dublin, candidates making a move further West can also look forward to a drastic reduction in household spending: average rents in Sligo, for example, are €794 per month* compared to an average of just over €1,500 a month in Dublin - and often much higher.

In the Midlands, an average three-bed semi in Athlone costs €185,000 compared to €440,000 in Dublin.

Career Zoo Director Brian O' hOisín said:

"Now is the time to act. There can be no doubt that the tech and data scene in the West, North West and Midlands is growing quickly with employers seeking the very best talent available. Sligo, where the 'Tech on the Wild Atlantic Way' event will take place, is a great example of this trend.

The event offers an incredible opportunity for an employer to grow their teams and gain access to an invaluable pipeline of tech candidates attracted to living and working in these vibrant regions."

John Nugent, IDA Regional Business Development Manager Border Region, which is supporting the event, said:

"The exceptional offering in the region of rewarding careers in great companies with lower living costs, shorter commutes and a better work life balance is attracting people to places like Sligo, Letterkenny and Athlone.

"We are delighted to support this event which builds on our own highly successful Tech Life Balance events in the summer as it will shine a light on the opportunities here in the North West region for the talent pool locally, nationally and internationally.

The event and the talent pipeline it will identify will in turn help to attract other new name investments to all regions outside Dublin."

Lucia Macari of US technology company Overstock, which has a number of tech vacancies at its European base in Sligo, said:

"Outside of Dublin, there are many fantastic high-tech job opportunities with great companies and an unbeatable quality of life. At Overstock in Sligo we have a diverse range of open positions including Machine Learning, Blockchain and full stack roles."

Career Zoo has been running recruitment networking events for experienced STEM professionals since 2010. Career Zoo is also hosting an event in The CHQ Building & The Dogpatch Labs on the 29th of September which is sponsored by Huawei, Amazon, EY, Pramerica, Grifols and

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