Career Zoo stage February 2016
Main stage speakers from Career Zoo in February 2016. Image: Conor McCabe Photography

UK interest in Career Zoo surges following Brexit vote

11 Oct 2016

With the second annual Career Zoo to be held in just a few days, its organisers have said that following Brexit, there has been a surge in interest from the UK.

Career Zoo is set to kick off at the Convention Centre in Dublin on 15 October. Over 7,000 people are expected to attend, with the hope of finding new opportunities in the tech, financial services and biotech sectors.

But compared with the earlier Career Zoo event this year, its organisers have said they are expecting a lot more visitors from across the Irish Sea, most likely because of Britain’s decision to leave the EU.

Recently, Career Zoo’s director Jackie Slattery said that 15pc of those registered to come are travelling from the UK.

There has also been a substantial increase in web traffic from the UK and a steady flow of queries from UK nationals about the job opportunities that will be showcased at the event.

“We believe this is due, in part, to the fallout from Brexit, and awareness that Ireland is an ever-more attractive hub for global leaders in tech, finance, biotech and other industries,” Slattery said.

“The employers taking part in Career Zoo on Saturday include internationally renowned companies and exciting Irish SMEs, all with ambitious growth plans for their operations here.  The opportunities they have to offer are enticing for people from throughout the UK, Europe and further afield.”

Employers to hire on the day

As of 10 October, the full line-up of employers that will be at Career Zoo this coming weekend has been confirmed, with a number expecting to hire on the day itself.

Among these companies include Pramerica, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Bank of Ireland, EY and the cybersecurity firm, DarkMatter.

The latter has said that it hopes to entice skilled tech professionals to its United Arab Emirates base to fill 200 vacancies in a range of areas which include: cyber network defence, testing and validation, research, infrastructure, governance, and risk and compliance.

Other employers of note that will be attending include Irish internet of things firm, Asavie; cybersecurity specialists, FireEye; education technology company, Ellucian; and biopharma employers Abbott, Alexion, BioMarin and Parexel.

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Colm Gorey
By Colm Gorey

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic. He joined in January 2014 and covered AI, IoT, science and anything that will get us to Mars quicker. When not trying to get his hands on the latest gaming release, he can be found lost in a sea of Wikipedia articles on obscure historic battles and countries that don't exist any more, or watching classic Simpsons episodes far too many times to count.

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