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The microelectronics sector has more than 100 high-end job vacancies across Ireland, which have been posted at a new online jobs centre from the sector's representative body Midas Ireland.
The jobs centre aims to be the first destination for vacancies in the microelectronics sector. It will cater for those with the skills needed for the industry and to help indigenous and multinational companies find the right people for their vacancies.
Roles exist for professionals across the board – from entry-level engineers to management and director positions.
“Ireland must be at the forefront when it comes to innovation and I welcome this new dedicated virtual job centre launched by Midas which will help the industry connect with those that have the requisite skills for the sector,” said Sean Sherlock, Minister for Innovation.
“Amongst others, microelectronic-enabled industries include the IT, telecommunications, medical devices, car, electronics and optical device industries. These combined industries represent 53pc of Ireland’s total exports at €68bn.
“The fact that there are over 100 jobs currently available shows that this is already a vibrant sector and the future looks very bright in Ireland,” he said.
The announcement was made as part of Microelectronics Week, which seeks to raise awareness of the potential of this sector in Ireland.
“This is a growing high-tech industry which currently employs over 8,000 people in Ireland,” said John Blake, chairman of Midas Ireland.
“A survey undertaken by Midas members forecast that this employment figure will increase by more than 2,000 in the next five years. It is essential that those in the industry have access to employees with the necessary skills required to fill these positions.
“This will be one of Ireland’s biggest growth industries over the medium term and the contents of this virtual jobs centre demonstrates that there are already many positions which employers are looking to fill. I’d encourage everyone to log onto the MIDAS Ireland website to find out the jobs available at the moment,” he said.