Cork is Proving to be a Magnet for Tech Workers in Search of Better Career Opportunities, Work-life Balance and Quality of Life

Cork is Proving to be a Magnet for Tech Workers in Search of Better Career Opportunities, Work-life Balance and Quality of LifeSeven in ten tech professionals move to Cork for career opportunities – new survey shows 80% of respondents say work/life balance has improved Disposable income has increased for 72% of respondents A new survey has found that highly-skilled tech professionals from all over the world are moving to Cork for a better quality of life, career opportunities, shorter commutes and lower living costs. The Cork Tech Talent Relocation Survey, released today (Wednesday, December 13) was carried out by National Recruitment & HR Services Group Collins McNicholas in conjunction with Cork Chamber, IDA Ireland and Cork City Council. The report included responses from workers of 27 different nationalities with two-thirds having relocated to Cork during the last two years. Respondents relocated from countries such as China, the US, South Africa, France, Egypt and the Netherlands. Fast becoming an international high-tech hub, Cork is attracting a large number of foreign and indigenous tech start-ups – 84% of respondents to the survey currently work in the city’s buoyant IT sector. More than 85% of those surveyed said they were satisfied or very satisfied with their relocation.  And 80% say they now have a better balance between their work and home lives. Some 85% now have a commute to work of less than 40 minutes and 78% said they did not consider it difficult to find a job in Cork. Interestingly, while 27% of those who moved back were originally from Ireland, some 73% relocated from outside of Ireland. When asked about the factors which influenced their move to Cork, 73% cited a better quality of life while 72% referenced a reduced cost of living. The other main reasons given were: lower property prices, less traffic, career opportunities, beautiful scenery and a safer environment. Among the survey’s other key findings were: 64% have experienced an increase in salary since moving to Cork 67% of respondents have since bought property in Cork or are considering it Cork attracts highly-skilled professionals with 89% holding a third-level qualification 42% of those hold Post Grads with another 4% having PhDs or doctorates Almost a quarter said their disposable income had increased by 20% or more since moving to Cork with 48% saying the increase had been between zero and 20% Since relocating to Cork, 35% or respondents said they’d attained a more senior role. Rory Walsh, Collins McNicholas, Cork Regional Manager, said: “The Cork region is experiencing a surge in the number of international professionals who are moving to the region for the work life balance that both the culture and economic environment can facilitate. “Many expanding global organisations and indigenous companies are offering competitive salaries and interesting projects while the region also provides an unrivalled local charm and thriving social scene.” Seamus Coghlan, Cork City Council, Head of Economic Development, said: “Cork is seeing an unprecedented level of city centre development, driven by the private sector. “The draft National Planning Framework (NPF) has acknowledged the role of cities as drivers of economic development. Cork, as the second largest city in Ireland, is well placed to take advantage of this, leveraging existing strengths and economic successes especially in FDI in the Life Sciences, ICT and internationally traded services sectors.” Ray O’Connor, IDA Regional Manager South West, said: “Over the last seven years, Cork has seen consistent growth in the numbers gaining employment across international companies – an increase of 11,500 people since 2009. “A University City with over 30,000 full and part time students across several colleges; strong established industry clusters; an expanding international airport on its doorstep; a cosmopolitan city with a rich mix of different nationalities; a rich heritage and history; and a great quality of life – these are some of the factors that have attracted both international companies and people with skills and talent to the area.” Conor Healy, CEO, Cork Chamber of Commerce, said: “This is the most exciting time in recent Cork history in terms of growth, opportunities and potential. Cork currently has the highest level of job creation in the country. “There are significant opportunities where people can build a career and move across various companies within strong clusters such as ICT, life sciences, energy, marine, agri-food, tourism and financial services.”   To read the full report, please click here....

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Tech West 2016: Meet Tech Companies Hiring in the West of Ireland

Join us at Tech West 2016, Wednesday, October 26th at the Gibson Hotel, from 5pm, to hear about the many job opportunities open.  Awaken to the great job opportunities in the West and experience a quality of life only the West can offer. Find out about tech jobs in the West & Midwest Meet local start-up companies Get expert advice on moving back West Up to 100 high tech jobs to be filled before the end of the year! When: Wednesday, 26th October from 5pm                                      Where: Gibson Hotel, Dublin 5pm                                   Registration opens 6pm                                   Overview of the event – MC Samantha McCaughren Introduction – Michelle Murphy (Director, Collins McNicholas) Introduction – Ian Brannigan (CEO, Western Development Commission) 6:15 to 6:45pm Panel Discussion No.1. – Driving innovation within the West & Midwest regions Gillian Buckley – Western  Development Commission Johnny O’Dwyer – Innovation District, Galway John Magee – Head of Enterprise, LEO Mayo Niall O’Callaghan – IDA Midwest Barry Egan – Enterprise Ireland 6:45pm to 7pm Visit stands // Collins McNicholas Career & CV clinics 7pm to 7:30pm   Panel Discussion No.2. – Opportunities for key talent in the West & Midwest Joe Smyth – Alto Cloud, Galway Pat Hession – Cisco Galway Keith Moran – SL Controls Galway 7:40pm to 8.10pm Panel Discussion No.3 – Opportunities for key talent in...

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What Skills Do ICT Companies Need Most?

ICT is the fastest expanding industry in Ireland. There is a relentless demand for new employees with the right ICT skills. Demand cuts across virtually every industry. Approximately 60% of ICT professionals are employed in the broad ICT sector, while 40% are employed in other sectors of the economy. Demand for ICT professionals will grow at 5% a year until 2018 and there is expected to be 44,500 job openings in the period 2014- 2018. The European Commission estimates that Europe could face an 800,000 person ICT skills shortage by 2020. The shortage of talent in ICT is a global problem. This is due to unprecedented growth and innovation in the sector. What matters most is what the government is doing to grow the supply of tech talent for the industry in Ireland. The ICT sector is constantly transforming, this impacts the demand for certain skills, and creates new areas of expertise. Subsectors with the most vacancies include programming technologies, mobile technologies, games development, web development, cloud computing, platform administration, digital and creative media, networking, CRM, project management, data analytics, and contact centre support. Skills Shortages The greatest need within ICT in Ireland is for professionals with experience as: software engineers and programmers, with programming ability in Java, JavaScript, C#, C++, C+++, .Net, SQL, Perl, Ruby, and Python; web developers, with skills in HTML, CSS, XHHTML, Ruby, and an understanding of Web 2.0 technologies; games developers; software developers for operating platforms, especially Windows and UNIX/Linux; computer architects and administrators, with skills in big data analytics, customer relationship management applications and SQL server database administrators; cloud computing specialists, with cloud...

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The ICT Industry in Ireland 2016 – Regional Overview

Dublin Dublin is the centre of the tech industry in Ireland and the majority of ICT investment is concentrated in the city.  Dublin has many of the world’s largest ICT companies; online service companies such as Google, which has over 2,500 staff, Facebook, Amazon, Yahoo, Twitter, Hubspot, Dropbox, LinkedIn, and countless other companies all call Dublin their home. The Silicon Docks is the hub for the ICT industry in Dublin, with a thriving mix of multinationals and start-ups. Opportunities exist for the broadest range of skill sets – software development, cybersecurity, networking and infrastructure, data analytics, cloud computing, and tech support. Dublin is increasingly seen as an attractive location for globally minded tech talent. The cost and availability of housing in the Dublin area may see some investment shift to other locations despite the highly competitive packages offered by most tech companies. South Cork is the location of several major multinational operations as well as numerous smaller companies. EMC, Apple, VMWare, McAfee, CitCo, Tyco, Qualcomm, and Amazon, all have facilities in the city. EMC employs 3,000 people and has expanded its staff as recently as 2013. It is looking to continue this expansion by pushing its research agenda, focusing on cloud storage, cloud security and compliance. Apple has continued to expand its workforce and now employs over 5,000 people. South East Ciphertechs in Kilkenny, an information security firm, and Bluefin Payment Systems in Waterford, a fintech company, have both announced plans to expand their workforces in the region. Waterford operates a number of research institutes out of Waterford IT that are collaborating with tech companies. Sunlife, a fintech firm, employs...

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Trends in the ICT sector

Trends in the ICT Sector The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN) identified what it termed ‘third platform’ technologies as the key technological developments that would have the biggest impact on the ICT sector in the future. These are: cloud computing, mobile devices and technologies, the internet of things (IOT), big data analytics, social technologies, artificial intelligence, advanced robotics, 3D printing, augmented/virtual reality, and cybersecurity. The EGFSN estimates that there will be $5 trillion in ICT spending globally by 2020. About 40% of this revenue, and most of its growth, will be from these ‘third platform’ technologies. This growth will be driven by a rapid expansion in the number of users, the number of connected devices, and the number of applications and services. Cloud Computing & Big Data Analytics Two of the fastest growing subsectors within ICT are cloud computing and big data analytics. The global cloud computing market is expected to reach $287 billion by 2018, according to research firm Gartner Inc., giving it a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 17.1% from 2011-18. The global market for big data analytics is forecasted to grow at a CAGR of 18.45% to 2021, taking the size of the market from $28.6 billion in 2016 to $66.8 billion in 2021. Big Data is a relatively small but fast growing subsector of ICT. There will be a strong demand in business for users with the data analytical and statistical skills to utilise this resource. The Irish government has funded several academic research facilities in this space to foster the skills and technologies necessary for future growth. All of these research...

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Welcome Gillian Nicholson, New Principal Consultant in our Galway Office

Collins McNicholas are delighted to announce the appointment of Gillian Nicholson to the role of Principal Consultant in our Galway office where she will focus on the growing IT sector in the West and Midwest regions. Gillian is an experienced Account Manager having worked in the recruitment industry for over 12 years and during that time she has successfully recruited for specialist IT Project roles, Software Engineers, .Net developers, Software Testers, Technical Support Infrastructure Engineers and Java Developers for a range of clients including HP, Vodafone, IBM and Microsoft. Prior to joining Collins McNicholas, Gillian was based on site in Microsoft where she had responsibility for account management and recruitment across a number of divisions. A native of Athlone, Gillian holds a Bachelor of Business Studies & Marketing from Limerick IT and a Higher Diploma in HR from the University of Limerick. Director of Collins McNicholas, Michelle Murphy stated ‘we are delighted to have Gillian on board and heading up a growing division for our company. Her proven track record in the IT sector will enhance the service offering to our clients in the region. With the growth of new ICT companies in Galway, exciting new developments around the new Innovation District, and the soon to open ‘Portershed’ in Galway, coupled with some recent announcements in Limerick, we feel there is a strong cluster of ICT companies now setting up home both in the West and Midwest, which is welcomed for sure. Collins McNicholas will be working hard to attract talent to these regions to ensure continued success for our client companies.’ If you wish to send your CV or discuss...

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