In recognition of St Patrick's Day today we've rounded up a few interesting factoids about working and recruiting in Ireland:
- Ireland's Central Statistics Office (CSO) reports a period of six consecutive months with unemployment rates below 10%.
- The National Employer Survey (NES) revealed that Engineering was the most prominent single discipline among foreign (63%), manufacturing (59%) and large (63%) employer organisations, and that the majority of recruitment efforts across the board concentrated on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related subjects.
- 75% of foreign companies feel that there will be an adequate supply of graduates in the next three to five years, which signifies great confidence in Ireland's education and training providers. However, approximately 40% of all employers indicated a shortage of skills in areas that are either required immediately, or will be needed over the next 3-5 years. The most frequently cited included engineering, specific languages, data analysis and software/IT/programming-related skills.
- Many employers are collaborating with educational institutions to improve talent pipelines, though a higher level of cooperation was reported by foreign employers (79%) than by indigenous employers (69%). Large employer organisations have an even higher collaboration rate, at around 82%. 'Internships and placements' were the most popular form of partnership between employers and higher education institutions, while 'on the job placements' were more popular between employers and further education and training providers.
- The Irish Vacancy Overview 2014 (released May 2015) reports an average of 5,700 vacancies advertised on Government jobs portals each month through 2014. Skilled trades accounted for 16% of these vacancies, primarily chefs, electricians and butchers. There was also increased activity for construction trade vacancies, particularly calling for plumbers and carpenters but also painters, bricklayers and roofers.
- Employment figures produced by the CSO for the construction sector show above average growth for the skilled trades.
- IT professional vacancies were the most frequently cited through IrishJobs.ie, a private sector jobs website, followed by business professionals (accountants, actuaries etc). Care workers and sales and marketing associates were the most common vacancies through the Government job portal.