Full steam ahead for STEM jobs in 2016

11 Dec 2015

As 2015 winds down, you’d have thought that most companies would sit back and take stock of another year in existence. Well, the tech industry, in particular, isn’t that way inclined.

More than 300 jobs were announced this week, with Infosys (250) reminding us all just how much the world of fintech is expanding. Elsewhere, insurance site InsureMyHouse (50) and taxi technology firm iCabbi (20) also ensured yet more seasonal cheer.

Speaking of jobs announcements, actually, Manpower’s latest survey of Irish employers made for some interesting reading. According to its pool of interviewees (620 companies, to be precise), confidence is high that the early months of 2016 will see even more workforce growth.

Pharma jobs in Ireland

This is particularly true in the pharmaceutical sector, with the outlook seemingly euphoric.

“The pharmaceutical sector is expected to enjoy the strongest performance as demonstrated by recent job announcements from companies like Pfizer and Regeneron, which will bring a significant boost to the sector,” said Manpower’s Cara O’Leary.

Elsewhere, DCU’s revamped Innovation Campus – known as DCU Alpha – is planning to support 100 businesses and 800 jobs over the next three years, primarily focused in IoT.

Among the first companies to create new jobs is Irish start-up Neosfar, which has announced 30 new jobs at a new state-of-the-art facility.

For more information on any of these stories, follow the links below:

1: 250 new fintech jobs as Infosys doubles Irish operation

Infosys is set to double its workforce in Ireland, with the creation of a 95-strong R&D facility, along with a separate IT support site.

2: Employers are confident of upping staff numbers in 2016

A survey of hundreds of Irish employers found that all sectors are expecting to increase staff numbers in 2016, with pharma leading the way. Manpower’s employment outlook survey questioned 620 employers, revealing that, for the first time in eight years, optimism is high across the board.

3: DCU Alpha IoT cluster to support 100 companies and 800 jobs

DCU Alpha plans to support 100 companies and 800 jobs over the next three years with a focus on internet of things technologies.

4: 50 new jobs in Dublin at Irish online insurance site

InsureMyHouse is expanding its Irish operation, moving to a new site in Terenure and aiming to triple its workforce over the next three years.

5: Taxi app maker iCabbi to dispatch 20 new tech jobs to Dublin

Dublin dispatch technology company iCabbi is to create 20 new jobs in Dublin with the support of Enterprise Ireland. The Howth-based company provides taxi companies with the tools they need to compete against peer-to-peer apps like Uber and Hailo.

6: TA leader leaves Ireland for a challenge, returns for family

Colette Feeney, a talent acquisition leader with Groupon, left Ireland for the challenge of working in different cultures. But when her children reached school age, she wanted to put down roots somewhere. Where better than Ireland, close to family, friends and a thread of humour and fun.

7: 2015 an ‘exceptional year’ for jobs growth (infographic)

November saw another increase in jobs coming on stream in Ireland, with the year as a whole showing remarkable spikes in career opportunities for IT professionals in particular.

8: From the tyre factory to tech analytics and innovation at Aon

George Whyte from the Aon Centre for Innovation and Analytics (ACIA), Dublin, talks us through a day in the life of a senior specialist in analytics reporting.

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Gordon Hunt
By Gordon Hunt

Gordon Hunt joined Silicon Republic in October 2014 as a journalist. He spends most of his time avoiding conversations about music, appreciating even the least creative pun and rueing the day he panicked when meeting Paul McGrath. His favourite thing on the internet is the ‘Random Article’ link on Wikipedia.

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