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1,507 jobs announced in impressive week for Irish jobs market

23 Sep 2016

Since the end of the summer holiday season, we’ve been seeing a slow uptick in jobs announcements. This week, that uptick wasn’t so slow.

The summer months were a bit quiet for jobs announcements. Now that the kids are back in school, however, it seems as though the business sector in Ireland is getting back to, well, business.

This week saw an impressive 1,507 jobs announced in the STEM sector, from pharma roles to software roles.

The biggest announcements came outside of Dublin, from GE (Cork) and Fazzi Healthcare (Limerick).

Other large announcements came from SoftwareOne, Eir and Metaswitch, with MathWorks, AlterPharma, The Packaging Hub, Glanbia, Yroo, BioPharma Engineering, Oneview Healthcare and Mallinckrodt rounding things out with (relatively) smaller offerings.

As if that weren’t enough, this week saw Career Zoo announcing some of the details of their 12th event, to be held at Convention Centre Dublin on 15 October. If you strike out with each of the 1,507 jobs above, perhaps you’ll have better luck at the recruitment and networking event.

Though, maybe, like Rory Carroll at Storm Technology, you’ve already found your passion and your dream career. In that case, perhaps upskilling is more what you’re looking for – and you’re in luck. LinkedIn this week announced a new platform, designed to help professionals maintain and improve their skills, digitally and with precision.

For those whose jobs take a more practical bent, NIBRT and GE have announced a training partnership that will enable biopharma professionals to get to grips with next-gen biologic manufacturing technologies.

Though, of course, some people aren’t quite at that professional level just yet. For those still in college undergoing graduate studies, DCU has launched the Enrich programme, designed to encourage grad students to develop skills that could stand them in good stead for future careers.

No doubt Irish digital marketers will soon be seeking out courses of this ilk for themselves, as we have now learned that our digital marketers just don’t compete by international standards.

Perhaps they’ll take solace in the fact that IT Carlow has just announced Ireland’s first brewing and distilling course. Those marketers just have to wait four years (plus a little extra time for maturation) to drown their sorrows in some stellar Irish-brewed booze.

And, finally, to close with even more good news, this week saw GLEN unveiling the winners of its 2016 Workplace Equality Index Awards, listing the top 10 workplaces in the country for LGBT communities.

As always, for more on any of these stories, follow the links below.

1. GE’s €150m Cork investment to yield 500 biopharma jobs

A major investment from biopharma giant GE Healthcare in Cork will produce 500 new jobs upon the completion of a ‘BioPark’ in Ringaskiddy.

2. Fazzi Healthcare to create 300 medtech jobs in Limerick

US company Fazzi Healthcare Services is to create 300 jobs in Limerick at a new coding and healthcare services operation.

3. SoftwareOne invests €16m in 100 jobs and new Dublin office

A major expansion to SoftwareOne’s Irish operations, to the tune of €16m, will see 100 jobs come on stream over the next three years, according to the company.

4. Eir to create 100 jobs as part of rural broadband expansion

Eir, Ireland’s largest telecoms operator, has announced the creation of 100 jobs as part of its continued fibre broadband expansion across the country.

5. UK company Metaswitch creating 94 jobs at new Belfast R&D hub

Cloud specialist Metaswitch is opening a centre of excellence in Belfast with hopes of hiring 94 people in the area, with a separate academy aiming to train up 20 graduates as well.

6. Career Zoo gears up for showstopping October event

Now in its 12th run, Career Zoo will descend on The Convention Centre in Dublin for its final jobs networking event of 2016 on 15 October.

7. When a passion for computer games becomes a viable career opportunity

Rory Carroll, a software engineer at Storm Technology in Galway, fell in love with technology as a child. In adulthood, he has translated that love into a fully fledged career.

8. LinkedIn’s learning platform takes on skills shelf-life challenge

The challenge of the ever-shrinking shelf-life of skills is about to be overcome by LinkedIn with the launch of a new platform. LinkedIn Learning is the fruit of the company’s $1.5bn acquisition of

9. NIBRT partners with GE to produce 1,500 ‘bio-professionals’ annually

GE Healthcare has announced a new partnership with the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT) to enhance the supply chain of workers in the industry.

10. DCU launches Enrich framework for graduate students to build skills

DCU’s Enrich framework will encourage graduate students to develop skills for further careers in enterprise. Claire O’Connell reports.

11. Irish digital marketers are just average by international standards

Digital skill levels in Ireland are on the decline, in spite of evidence that this is where jobs growth will be for some time, according to the Digital Marketing Institute. Internationally, Irish digital managers are just average in terms of skills and performance.

12. IT Carlow brewing up a storm with new distilling course

The explosion of popularity in beer brewing in Ireland has seen IT Carlow make an early move, creating what it calls a first-of-its-kind brewing and distilling course in the country.

13. Ireland’s top 10 workplaces for LGBT community revealed

GLEN has revealed the 2016 Workplace Equality Index Awards, highlighting the top 10 best places to work for LGBT people.

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Kirsty Tobin
By Kirsty Tobin

Kirsty Tobin served as careers editor of Silicon Republic from 2015 up to August 2017. When she was younger, she had a dream where she started and won a fight with a T-Rex, so she’s pretty sure she kicked butt at this, too. Passions include eating all the cake, watching more TV than is healthy and sassy comebacks.

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