Why relocate to Waterford?

Located in the “Sunny South-East”, Waterford is Ireland’s oldest city and today is home to 53,000 people. 

Not only did our 2018 South-East Relocation Survey cite shorter commute times as a reason why people are choosing Waterford, but also the chance of a better work-life balance. Among IDA client companies, Waterford has become one of the fastest growing regions in Ireland, while taking advantage of its proximity to Dublin, Cork and the rest of the south. Our survey found that 53% have progressed to more senior roles since making the move to the city, while 76% report having more disposable income.

The city is also boosted by access to third-level educational institutions such as Waterford Institute of Technology, as well as nearby institutions in Cork and Carlow




Business Environment

Waterford is a hub for over 75 multinational companies and in recent times has experienced continued growth in several industries. Traditionally, this walled city was a key trading port serving as Ireland’s closest deep-water quay to mainland Europe, which has led to 12% of Ireland’s yearly overseas trade today passing through here. 

Major pharmaceutical and medical devices companies such as GlaxoSmithKline, EirGen Pharma Ltd and Eurofins are located in the area. Meanwhile, in 2019, US firm ASG an international provider of services to the information and communication technology sector, announced 100 new jobs in software development and CAD support at the innovative workLAB workspace on the edge of Waterford City.Moreover,

Waterford has been attracting a host of companies through Crystal Valley Tech, a newly launched Industry-led Technology Group of 80 innovative, like-minded companies is committing to the promotion of Tech in the South East. 


Waterford population


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Multinational companies

Family Life

Situated in the sunny South East, Waterford is the perfect mix of urban and coastal living. The city is compact and easy to navigate and should you have the desire, the wider county hosts spectacular beaches.

For history enthusiasts, Ireland’s “oldest city” boasts architecture dating back to the Viking times in The Viking Triangle. Just 20 minutes away by car, picturesque beaches await at Tramore, where even more perfect family days out can be had.

Back in the city centre, there is a worthy cafe and cuisine culture to enjoy. The city centre also hosts everything from dainty local shops to high street brands, therefore the region receives a high amount of shopping tourists. 



Waterford has a vibrant cultural and social scene. The entertainment schedule consists of year-round festivals, theatre performances and even more great evening and night-time events supported by the Purple Flag initiative. The nightlife caters for a mix of people from locals in charming country pubs to a younger crowd looking for bustling, modern bars. If it’s live music you want, you’re in the right place here!

Sport is in abundance in Waterford, including everything from horse and greyhound tracks to the more traditional Waterford FC in Ireland’s Premier Division and competitive GAA teams. In particular, Hurling dominates the sporting scene in Waterford.

The “Copper Coast”, is 147km of coastline on the Atlantic with a plethora of beaches for surfing and bathing, while for foodies, Dungarvan also hosts the West Waterford Festival of Food every April. There’s something for everyone!

Meet Others Who Have Made the Move

Emilio Moya Rosa

Senior OQ Coordinator, GSK, Waterford 

When I first moved to Waterford, I knew nothing about the area and didn’t know anyone here. Now, the people I work with have become my family and I love it here.

One of the best things about living in Waterford is hurling. I play corner back for Melleray/Glen Rovers GAA club. My friends back in Spain are very intrigued by this, and when they come to visit me, they often buy hurleys as souvenirs! I also coach spin classes and I found a studio nearby to pursue my love of painting.

Professionally, I am very happy. I like working for a big company as I encounter new problems to solve every day. It’s never boring.

Read Emilio’s full testimonial here.

Paul McGrath

Senior Microbiologist, EirGen, Waterford

The best thing about relocating to Waterford is being closer to my family and friends; it’s great that I now get to see them more often than when I lived in Dublin. I’m originally from Cappoquin so when the opportunity came up to take a job so close to home, I went for it.

I was living in Dublin for four years before moving back. Before, I would have seen my family at least once a month, but now I get to see them whenever I want.

It’s great having more free time. Now I can hit the gym, head to the cinema or play six-aside football on AstroTurf whenever I feel like it.

Read Paul’s full testimonial here. 

Living & Working in Ireland


 Considering a move from abroad? View information on moving to work in Ireland here


Major Industries in Waterford

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

CMcN MedTech industry in Ireland Report 2018

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

CMcN Biopharma Industry in Ireland Report 2018

Crystal Valley 

Waterford has seen a major growth in Tech recently. Backed by Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland and Waterford Chamber of Commerce, the Crystal Valley Tech project aims to attract a Tech talent pool, through the pillars of promotion, recruitment and education. Additionally, the group will host events to cultivate a Tech Community in the region.  

Learn more here

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