FDI companies seek graduates in STEM subjects – IDA Ireland
IDA Ireland CEO Barry O'Leary

FDI companies seek graduates in STEM subjects – IDA Ireland

27 Jan 2012

A large number of foreign direct investment (FDI) companies in Ireland are showing a high demand for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) graduates, in addition to multilinguists, IDA Ireland has said.

In the last 12 months, there has been a strong performance in job creation by multinational companies with export-led growth creating in excess of 13,000 new foreign direct investment jobs, IDA Ireland said.

‘‘There is a strong trend for FDI companies in Ireland winning new mandates which will require an increase in their employment levels in the future,” said IDA Ireland CEO Barry O’Leary.

“Students planning now for their future careers need to take this growth into account and consider in which sectors the greatest FDI job opportunities will be in the coming years.’’

Ireland’s availability of skilled labour is one of the primary reasons IDA clients cite for establishing their operations in Ireland. The recently published IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2011 ranks Ireland first in the world for the availability of skilled labour and third in the world for availability of financial skills.

The Irish Management Institute/National Irish Bank Survey of Multinational Companies in Ireland 2011 also recently revealed that nearly half of all multinationals based in Ireland expect to grow employment in the next year.

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