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Jobs In Cork 2019: Industry Overview

Cork cityIreland is a great place to be right now, with the lowest level of unemployment for more than ten years, and salaries on the rise. Wages have risen by almost 4% on average across all industries, and many skillsets are in high demand. This is great news for talented professionals, who are finding exciting and challenging roles available to them.

The Cork area is a particularly exciting location in the current Irish job market, and we will explore the trends in this region across several sectors. This is the perfect time to explore the opportunities available across Cork, and our experienced recruiters at CareerWise are here to help.

Cork Is A Great Location In Ireland


Renowned for being cool, fun and affordable, Cork is the city to be seen in. You’ll find a friendly welcome in this diverse and vibrant city, and a wealth of eateries, museums and art galleries to explore. There’s an authentic music scene, an impressive collection of great pubs, and a jazz festival that draws visitors from all over the world.

Cork has a fascinating history and a traditional Irish culture that has embraced the opportunity to become a cosmopolitan hub. With many multinational companies based here and a thriving local economy, there’s no better place to enjoy everything Ireland has to offer. Cork locals are proud of their city, and here at CareerWise, we can see why. Let us help you to make the most of the atmosphere and find your new job in Cork.

Trends in Key Employment Sectors in Cork

 Ireland’s employment figures are still rising, and it is clear that many employers, especially in the STEM industries, are seeking to expand their opportunities here. Unemployment in Cork is significantly lower than the national average, and this is great news across all sectors. Read on for our guide to the opportunities available in Cork within many different industries, and find out how we work to connect talented professionals with successful companies on a local, national and multinational level:

  • Accounting and Finance. Accounting and finance roles across many sectors are currently available in Cork, and since there are many multinational companies based in this area, there is a wealth of exciting opportunities here. From Accounting roles to Financial Controller and Fund Accounting Managerial positions, your skillset and experience is in great demand and we can help you to connect with inspiring employers locally and across the EU.

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  • Engineering. Engineering is a thriving and highly competitive industry in Ireland right now, and dynamic and talented professionals are carving out the careers they have dreamed of here in Cork. In the latest survey by Engineers Ireland, Caroline Spillane, Director General, explained that a shortage of engineers with the right skills was proving to be the greatest barrier to growth at present, and suggested that the way to combat this is to “strongly urge more young people, particularly young women, to consider a career in engineering and the fantastic and expanding opportunities that exist in the sector.” Engineering is a great choice, and opportunities abound for those with a creative approach to problem solving. Civil and building engineering, for example, is a sector in which demand is accelerating, and there are many sectors within which technology, data analytics and robotics are central. Ireland is a world leader in this industry, and top quality engineers will continue to be in high demand at every level within local, national and international businesses.


  • Science and Pharma. Cork is a hub of opportunity for professionals in the science and pharmaceutical industry, with many big name companies based in this area. Multinational companies such as Gilead Sciences, Boston Scientific and Janssen all have operations in Cork and these are just some examples of the many local, national and multinational companies that enable talented professionals to create the careers they want. Ireland is a major part of the worldwide picture in the science and pharmaceutical industry, with almost all of the top pharmaceutical companies based here due to the great location and excellent access to the EU. Talk to us at CareerWise to find out more about science and pharma opportunities in Cork.


  • Supply Chain. Are you seeking a new job in supply chain and want to work for a big name company such as Apple, PepsiCo and DHL? Many worldwide companies are based in the Cork area, and with such a range of thriving industries requiring excellent calibre candidates with supply chain skills, these roles are an exciting prospect at this time. Whether you are drawn to work within a multinational company or a local organisation that shares your ethos, we can help you to find the position you want. Roles are available in all sectors, including IT, the science and medical industry and food and beverages, and we will work with you to secure the position you want.

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  • Executive Search. CareerWise offers an executive search service that is designed to connect you with the roles you are seeking. When you are looking for an executive position in Cork, we are on hand to help. This is a time of rapid and continuing growth for many industries in the Cork area, and we will take the time to get to know you and your career development plans so that we can identify the ideal opportunities for you. Our committed team of recruitment experts work hard to source the very best professionals for executive and senior level jobs in Cork and across Ireland, and our executive search service gets great results.

Connect With CareerWise Recruitment Agency In Cork

Here at Careerwise, we build connections between top quality professionals and world class companies, and we strive to achieve great results every time. We get to know our clients and we offer support throughout the application process, including advice on creating an outstanding CV, as well as interview guidance.

It can be very stressful to secure the new role you dream of, and our team of specialist advisors can help you to streamline the process and find a great match for your skillset and experience. We work in partnership with our individual clients and businesses to find the very best outcomes for everyone. 

Looking For A New Job In Ireland?

Cork offers diverse and exciting opportunities for skilled professionals across many sectors, and our expert team at CareerWise will help you to find the right role for you. We can connect you with high level employment opportunities in multinational companies, as well as diverse new projects and local interest roles. With specialists in Engineering and Supply Chain, Science/Pharma, IT and Accounting, we understand the complexities of the key growth industries in Ireland and we are perfectly placed to help you make the most of your career.

CareerWise is Ireland’s leading specialist recruitment firm, based in Cork, Shannon, Galway and Mayo, and our professional team can help you to find your ideal new job. Contact us online now or call us on +353 (0) 21 206 1900 to arrange a consultation.


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CareerWise Recruitment. EastGate Village, EastGate, Little Island, Cork.

Phone: +353 (0) 21 206 1900