The opportunities within IT continue to grow at a significant rate as technology becomes more a part of our daily lives. There continues to be a skills shortage of experience IT graduates in Ireland to support the growing multinational sector. Much of the growth in the Cork/Munster area has been in the global shared service sector which is heavy on requirements for IT skills across software development, systems analysis and project management, said Ken Murphy, Director of CareerWise Recruitment.
We are seeing requirements across all sectors including medical device, pharmaceutical, finance, food production and electronics sectors for qualified IT graduates.
The IT skillset is transferable and in demand across all sectors and not just the traditional ICT area. Roles such as System Administrators, Developers across multiple languages, Business Systems Analysts and Software Implementation Consultants are always in demand.
We would expect that the overall demand will continue to grow and the IT skills will offer opportunities in Ireland and globally. The population demographic in Europe means less graduates are qualifying annually, so that the graduate who has a mix of IT and a European language will have a big advantage.
This skills mix also will be very attractive for global players like Dell, Apple and EMC who have built up global support centres in the Cork area.
It is true that many of our talented school leavers moved towards the financial, law and construction sectors and some face a re-engineering of their base skills to allow them to retain to become more marketable in the current market. As the IT recruitment slowed in 2008, this would have influenced many not to have seen the technical and engineering routes as attractive.
The lower intake, increased demand and growth of the cloud computing areas augur well for the technology graduates for the next few years.
Ireland continues to attract significant foreign direct investment and Munster has been successful in attracting some big investments such as Tyco (Cork) and Regeneron (Limerick) over the past 12 months. In addition to the large scale announcements, Munster has secured some medium scale companies such as Itron & AlienVault (Cork), NuVasive (Waterford) and viagogo (Limerick).
The on-going inward investment, a thriving Irish technology start-up scene and a growing food and ingredients sector bodes well for the future of technology focused graduates in Ireland. This will complement the already established ICT, medical device and pharmaceutical businesses that continue to grow and reshape in Ireland supporting global product and services demands.
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