Why relocate to Cork?
Known as the ‘Rebel County’ and ‘The Real Capital’, Cork is the largest county in Ireland. Situated on the picturesque Wild Atlantic Way, Cork is every photographer’s dream, with rolling hills, hidden coves, and arguably some of the best beaches in the country. Certainly, the city itself—scarce a millennium old—breathes history from every stone. Named European Capital of Culture in 2005, Cork City is home to a lively arts, food, shopping and sports scene.
The busy local economy is supported by a number of third-level institutions. University College Cork (Ireland’s first 5-star university) and Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) are just some of the institutions ensuring Cork is at the forefront of Irish education and cutting-edge research. A city on the rise, Cork is set to be the fastest growing city in Ireland in the next 20 years. Yet never do their people lose track of the craic, charity, and charm that make Corkonians famous the world over. Thus, it’s easy to see why Cork has been voted the third friendliest city in the world!
Cork is home to indigenous and multinational companies and leads at the forefront of many industries, including Pharmaceutical, Medical Technology and ICT, amongst others. Therefore, numerous organisations are choosing Cork as their home due to the vibrant city life, cheaper rent and relatively shorter commutes to/from work. Recently, Collins McNicholas conducted a Tech Talent Survey which highlights the growing opportunities in the ICT sector in Cork and has many testimonials from individuals who relocated to Cork.
You can view current job opportunities in the Cork area here.
Primary & Secondary Schools
Jobs announced in Cork in 2018
Most noteworthy, Cork is a wonderful place to raise a family, with a wide range of amenities available in both the city and county. The county has a large number of educational facilities, numerous primary and secondary schools and multiple third level institutions, including University College Cork and Cork Institute of Technology. There is a very proud sporting tradition in Cork with Cork City Football Club, Munster Rugby and numerous GAA teams representing the region. Also, Cork boasts sporting icons such as soccer player Roy Keane and Irish Track & Field Athlete Sonia O’Sullivan as local sporting heroes. There are many fun family attractions available in Cork, including Blarney Castle, Mizen Head, Fota Wildlife Park, and the annual Glow Cork Christmas Markets – just to name a few!
Area of Interest – Kinsale
One of the most renowned areas in Ireland is Kinsale, in West Cork, which was voted the food capital of Ireland. Kinsale is a scenic, traditional Irish seaside town, steeped in history with Charles Fort being one of its key attractions. In particular, lauded by lovers of music, food, and artists alike, it was deservedly awarded the “Top Foodie Town in Ireland in 2018”. Surrounded by beautiful beaches, various sporting activities and walking tours, Kinsale really has it all; a beautiful and popular destination along the Wild Atlantic Way.
Cork was voted the “Capital of Culture” and it is easy to see why – home to such events as the annual Cork Jazz Festival and Culture Night. The city has a bustling theatre scene with Cork Opera House and The Everyman Theatre – there’s always something to entertain you! From music to sports, nature, historical walks, culture and entertainment – Cork will have something to please everyone. It has many local wonderful cafés, shops and restaurants, and these continue to grow every year. The county boasts literary and entertainment greats as natives, such as Frank O’Connor, Graham Norton and Cillian Murphy. Here Corkonians warmly welcome tourists from all over the world who visit Ireland’s largest county for its beautiful beaches, legendary food and lively culture.
Meet Others Who Have Made the Move
French Account Manager for Voxpro, Alexandra Varlot
I worked in Dublin and Belfast in the past but had never even visited Cork before, so it’s nice to be in a different place. Generally, I think that people make the place and I’ve met some really nice people, so now Cork feels like home.
Currently, I live in Mahon and my commute to work is much nicer now than in the past – and shorter too. It’s a five-minute cycle along the lake and it’s a beautiful way to start the day with the pink and orange sunrise reflecting on the lake. In comparison to Dublin, life in Cork is much more affordable. I’m renting a large house with three friends and we even have a gym room. That sort of lifestyle wasn’t affordable when I lived in Dublin.
For me, the best thing about living in Cork is the social environment and how authentic, kind-hearted, helpful and encouraging the people around me are; that’s what makes Cork a great place to relocate to.
EMEA Sales Director for AlienVault, Joe Driver
In 2006, I was working in London at a recruitment consultancy placing candidates into IT/finance organisations, when my Irish girlfriend said she wanted to move home to Cork. While my lengthy daily commute from Cambridge to London was getting to me, I didn’t know if I wanted to up sticks and live in Cork. Also, I wasn’t sure it was the right move for my career. So, I did some research and quickly realised the potential and opportunities in Cork within my current field and in high tech. Then, we packed up and moved.
Once in Cork, I quickly landed a job at another recruitment consultancy, on a higher salary and with a much shorter commute. While I enjoyed recruiting, I decided I wanted to move into high-tech sales. I was pleasantly surprised at the number of promising high-tech opportunities in Cork and secured a role at Dell EMC as a sales manager. After three and a half years, I was approached by a cybersecurity start-up, AlienVault, to help launch their EMEA headquarters. In four years, AlienVault has expanded its Cork team to over 40 employees to support the hundreds of new customers and MSSPs in EMEA. In addition to this, I personally have had a rapid progression in my career path at AlienVault.
Finally, looking back, moving to Cork was the right decision. It has provided tremendous opportunities for me career-wise and is a very liveable, fun and family-friendly city. Consequently, my then girlfriend is now my wife and we have two children.
Major Industries in Cork
The Medtech Industry in Ireland
- Employs 29,000 people
- 18 of the top 25 largest medtech companies are in Ireland
- Over 450 medtech companies in Ireland
- 50% engage in R&D
- 4,000 job openings between 2016-2020
The Biopharma Industry in Ireland
- Employs over 28,000 people
- All of the top 10 largest biopharma companies operate in Ireland
- Over 75 biopharma companies in Ireland
- €39 billion in exports annually
- 8,400 job openings between 2016-2020