Irish jobs market succumbs to Brexit fears in slow month

10 Jun 2016

The UK votes later this month to decide whether to stay in the EU or to leave. There have been rumblings about how the Brexit decision will affect Ireland, but it appears we’re beginning to see the effects already.

We’ve become used, in the last year, to announcing big boons in the Irish jobs market. 870 jobs per week here, 903 there… but Brexit doubts are finally taking their toll, with May’s figures down almost 10pc on the same period last year.

And yet, even taking that into account, the Irish jobs market is doing remarkably well.

This week saw large announcements from Fleetmatics (75) and JCD Group (150), and smaller announcements from Alien Technology Transfer and Resonate Testing.

Deloitte also renewed calls for applicants for open positions at the professional services and consultancy firm’s new Galway offices.

Beyond jobs announcements, we had more news from the working world – unfortunately, it didn’t fall under the good news umbrella.

According to research from LinkedIn, Irish women lack the confidence to talk about their professional achievements, and many would “panic” when asked to list them on the spot.

With any luck, though, that will change in the future, perhaps even for the generation currently undertaking internships.

Mason Hayes & Curran this week offered some advice for those seeking internships, and for those seeking to take interns on.

Finally, we got a little good news from secondary schools, with the announcement that there has been a surge in the number of students sitting higher-level maths in this year’s Leaving Cert.

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

1. Brexit uncertainty finally hits Irish jobs sector

The number of available professional jobs in Ireland last month was down almost 10pc on the same time last year, though fintech and IT are still booming.

2. Fleetmatics to create 75 new R&D jobs in Dublin

Mobile workforce technology player Fleetmatics is to create up to 75 new R&D jobs at its global HQ in Tallaght by 2018, bringing its Irish employee headcount to well over 200.

3. Cork to gain 150 jobs with JCD Group data centre

A €200m data centre that will be built on the outskirts of Cork city will result in the creation of 150 permanent jobs and hundreds of construction jobs, it has emerged.

4. Deloitte opens ‘office of the future’ in Galway

Deloitte has officially opened its ‘office of the future’ in Galway, a venture initially announced in September of last year. The professional services and consulting firm is still offering opportunities at all levels.

5. Irish women lack professional confidence – LinkedIn

Irish women lack the confidence to talk about their professional achievements and many would “panic” when asked to list them on the spot. That’s according to a major survey by LinkedIn, which painted Irish women as being far shier than their international counterparts.

6. Engaging an intern – what businesses should know

Many university students will be preparing to take on internships as the summer begins. With this in mind, Mason Hayes & Curran looks at the legal rights and obligations of interns and the businesses that take them on.

7. More students tackling higher maths in Leaving Cert

There has been a distinct surge in the number of students taking higher-level maths in the Leaving Cert, with one-third of those currently sitting their exams taking the harder paper.

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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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