While today Ireland’s official unemployment rate of 9.5% represents a major turnaround from the 15% + rates seen at the height of Ireland’s economic collapse, it is clear that these figures mask a definite skills shortage across Ireland’s engineering sector. This shortage can be directly linked to the high level of emigration in our engineering graduates, in particular the period between 2009 – 2013.
Ireland has a booming medical device manufacturing sector and there is a constant demand for manufacturing / project / quality and validation engineers. Skills in manufacturing/ materials, automation, process, quality etc. are also in high demand with a particular shortage of talent with 2-5 years experience.
Over the past 12 months, medical device companies have had to become more open and flexible to considering candidates possessing transferable skills from other industries.
We at CareerWise have seen a welcome increase in interest from the diaspora seeking roles back home and we predict that this is only going to increase.
We would appeal to Irish Engineers working in the UK and further afield who have experience within the automotive/ aerospace/ defence or other highly regulated industries to consider opportunities within the medical device sector back home. It is important to not let the job spec necessarily put you off – as the skills you have gained may be transferable and make you a valuable asset to the Medical Device industry.
Encouraging emigrants to return home is a central part of the Government’s first diaspora policy, published in March. Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he expected 2016 to be the year when the Irish returning would outnumber those leaving, after seven years of high emigration. Will it happen?
With improvements in Ireland’s economic success, one would certainly hope so. A survey published back in May 2015 of 100 members of the Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce found that almost 80 per cent definitely wanted to move back to Ireland or were undecided about staying in Australia. Three in four were at middle-management level or above.
Recruiters have to become more open in evaluation of candidates from different sectors and must be able to tease out where there is a fit. This innate ability is what differentiates a skilled recruiter from the pack.
As experienced recruiters we have the foresight and knowledge to see an industry “fit” even where the candidates may have seen none. Within CareerWise we have the skills and real industry experience to help support those looking to come home.
Article by Diarmuid Buckley (Recruitment Consultant)
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