Skills, jobs

Employment demand remains strong in tech sector

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10 May 2017

The latest Morgan McKinley Ireland Employment Monitor has shown a 7% rise overall in professional job vacancies nationally in April, compared to March 2017.

However, this did represent a 6% fall for April 2017 compared to the same period in 2016.

In the tech sector, the report said demand is strong as job seekers are presented with numerous opportunities to choose from, with many professionals interviewing with multiple companies.

There was the usual demand in core development languages, such as C# and Java, as well as the newly emerged areas, site reliability and cloud engineering. DevOps, and experienced support engineers also continue to be in high demand, according to the report, along with .Net developers, security engineers, project managers and SAP consultants.

The report said that candidate shortages in DevOps have been problematic, with recruiters approaching international job seekers from mainland Europe to meet these requirements. Employers are also implementing effective strategies to retain key staff in this area, the report found.

“Ireland’s continuing competitiveness,” said Trayc Keevans, director, Inward Investment, Morgan McKinley Ireland, “depends on the availability of the skills and talent that organisations need to grow and develop their businesses for the future, at appropriate cost levels and underpinned by supportive and growing levels of infrastructure.”

“At present, while there are some pressure points in terms of skills availability, we see an overall level of balance in the market where there is steadily growing demand for key skills, matched by appropriate remuneration levels and a strong measure of mobility within the workforce that is helping to support growth in key business sectors. Aligned with this, we are seeing continuing interest in new opportunities among Irish professionals who are currently living abroad and who are considering returning to Ireland.”

“Our education system,” said Keevans, “and our third level institutions are continuing to develop very well qualified people for the wide range of roles that are becoming available across multiple sectors and this process must continue to be strongly supported by the Government as a key element of national economic development strategy.”

Keevans said that as companies continue with Brexit contingency planning and compliance planning for General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), professional services firms will expand teams to meet the need.


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