More than 300,000 Irish people left the country in the last nine years, and while some would have departed regardless of the economic circumstances here, the drastic rise after the crash in 2008 provides unequivocal proof that the majority were “recession emigrants”.
For most people, the main issue with returning home is the availability of employment. Many of those individuals are now happily settled into new careers overseas, but with the Irish economy getting back on track, employers here are hoping to tempt some back for good.
Unemployment rates have been dropping steadily since they peaked at around 15 per cent in 2012 (to 8.3 per cent in July, according to the CSO) and with thousands of talented Irish people scattered across the globe, this is an optimum time to apply the skills acquired abroad in a more flourishing Ireland.
We at CareerWise are seeing an increase in opportunities across a number of sectors. Areas that have become particularly lucrative in Ireland are Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Food and FMCG Manufacturing and Production. Pharmaceutical and Medical Device industries require a large amount of process engineers, project engineers, electrical engineers, project managers, maintenance engineers and engineering managers.
In the ongoing “war for talent”, skills shortages are encouraging employers to look overseas for workers and demand is buoyant across many sectors.
We are beginnning to see an increase in salaries across a range of sectors and experience abroad is highly sought after by our clients.
Contracting can allow people to secure an income on a flexible basis while adjusting to life back in Ireland.
Individuals that require freedom and flexibility in their work environment are ideally suited for working on contractual basis. The contract system provides ambitious individuals opportunities to explore new employment prospects and experiences.
The benefits enjoyed by permanent employees can also be enjoyed by contractors. The key benefits as mentioned earlier can all be set up by a contractor and any good accountant can offer advice on setting these up.
Of course, what is right for one person varies to the next and the decision is based on a number of factors, from personal circumstance through to individual psychology.
We at CareerWise have an extensive list of both contracting and permanent positions available. If you would like to view our contracting opportunities click here and if you would like to view our permanent opportunities click here.
Or if you’d like to chat to one of our industry experience consultants why not contact us today www.careerwise.ie.
Joe Robbins is co-founder of CareerWise Recruitment. A graduate of the University of Limerick (Degree in Business Studies, 1985), Joe worked in the UK for five years where he specialised in materials management, production management and plant management for a number of companies.
He returned to Ireland in 1992 to become Operations Manager for a Cork-based start-up, FMC Automotive Division which was subsequently taken over by Snap-on Equipment. Joe managed the business re-location of this company to Shannon in 1997 before setting up CareerWise Recruitment in 1999.
He is a committee member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Mid-West region, and a former Director and Vice President of the Shannon Chamber of Commerce. Joe is former Chairperson of the Sixmilebridge Camogie Club and current Chairperson of the Clare County Camogie Board.
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