Fintech: it’s kind of a big deal

21 Aug 2015

It’s unlikely that this will have escaped your attention, but it was Fintech Week on, and with that came a wealth of fintech-related careers news.

We looked at job opportunities in fintech, six fintech employers who are hiring right now, what fintech employers look for, and the varied paths to a career in fintech.

We heard from IFDS, a fintech company seeking dynamic and self-motivated candidates for the Dublin office.

We also spoke to Gareth Hayes, a test manager at IFDS, who talked to us about what it’s like to move to Ireland for a job in fintech.

And it seems as though, through some mixture of kismet and good fortune, the world was conspiring to bring us all the fintech news it could.

This week saw Career Zoo announcing two of the headline sponsors for Career Zoo 10, fintech giants Pramerica and Bank of Ireland.

Of course, it wasn’t just about fintech. This week also brought jobs announcements from, Brown Bag Films and Ballymaguire Foods.

And, in more good news, it emerged that technology is not the job killer it was painted as. In fact, the advent of technology is creating jobs, not destroying them.

No doubt, many of those new jobs will be filled by people from outside Ireland, like some of the people who have moved here from Eastern Europe for work.

Perhaps people who are already working in technology, or a related industry, might be interested in the jobs. For them, there’s always the option of upskilling.

As of this week, though, it’s a little harder for students to get onto tech-related paths, with CAO points rising on science and tech courses almost across the board.

And finally, we took a look at something a little more light-hearted – The Computer Girls, a 1967 spread in Cosmo that highlighted the role of women in computer science.

Strange, isn’t it, that something so commonplace in the ’60s should be a rare sight now?

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

1. Irish fintech sector offers a broad range of jobs

According to James Milligan, senior business director for IT and talent solutions at Hays, fintech is something of a buzzword at the moment, and that lends itself to a huge number of job opportunities, ranging from the typical technology roles all the way to highly-specialised positions.

2. 6 top employers recruiting in fintech right now

Fintech is currently enjoying its time in the spotlight, with the sector experiencing massive growth and companies of all sizes vying to be part of the fintech revolution. Of course, with that remarkable growth comes companies recruiting for everything from project managers to support services and HR. But who’s hiring?

3. What employers look for from fintech candidates

In any job search, preparation and preparedness are key. The most useful question you can ask yourself before any application or interview is often: ‘What do employers look for’’

4. Paths to Fintech: first steps in the fintech sector

For this final Fintech Week article, we take a look at what you can do to launch your fintech career, whether as a student, as a graduate or as someone looking to change jobs.

5. IFDS seeks dynamic, motivated candidates (video)

Tony Murphy, head of operations change management, speaks to about how IFDS is looking for candidates who are dynamic and self-motivated, and capable of working in an ever-changing environment.

6. Test manager from the UK sings Ireland’s praises

Gareth Hayes, test manager at IFDS, talks to about working at IFDS, and about the many wonderful things he loves about his adopted home.

7. Pramerica and BoI announced as Career Zoo sponsors

Fintech giants Pramerica and Bank of Ireland will be headline sponsors at Career Zoo 10, it was announced during the week.

8. to create 26 new jobs in Dublin, a global healthcare comparison website that began in the home of entrepreneur Caelan King, is to create 26 new jobs in Ireland over the next 12 months.

9. 50 new jobs as Brown Bag Films acquired

Dublin’s award-winning animation studio Brown Bag Films has been acquired by 9 Story Media group for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition will result in 50 new jobs in the near future.

10. 100 jobs at new Ballymaguire Foods plant in Lusk

Dublin’s Lusk region is landing 100 jobs on the back of a new 70,000sq ft facility created for Ballymaguire Foods’ growing UK business.

11. Technology a job creator, not replacer

It turns out robots aren’t going to take our jobs. Rather, the technological advancements have sparked a plethora of new employment opportunities.

12. Tech talent in Ireland from Eastern Europe

As more and more of Silicon Valley’s tech giants open European operations in Ireland, one thing becomes more and more clear — Ireland is becoming a haven for tech talent. A vast number of those moving to Ireland for tech jobs are from countries in Eastern Europe. And they clearly like it here.

13. The value of upskilling (gifs, infographic)

There’s no point standing still in a tech industry awash with shifting goalposts and emerging opportunities, so perhaps upskilling is the way to go.

14. Jumps in CAO points for science courses

Students who received Leaving Cert results last week had to wait until Monday 17 August for the CAO to release official points requirements for courses, and to find out if they had been accepted onto their chosen course. Almost across the board, those students saw a rise in points for science courses.

15. ‘The Computer Girls’ highlights women in tech

An old magazine article has resurfaced online to remind us that before ‘brogrammers’ there were ‘The Computer Girls’.

Looking for tech jobs in Ireland? Check out our Featured Employers section for information on companies hiring right now.

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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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