More than 1,000 jobs announced in Ireland in a single week

18 Dec 2015

This has been another huge week in the Irish jobs market, with an absolutely incredible 1,080 jobs announced over the last five days.

The bulk of those jobs come from management consultancy firm PwC, which announced a whopping 500 new roles in Dublin.

Asavie and global giant Microsoft also got in on the action, announcing 106 and 160 jobs, respectively, with smaller announcements coming from Newsweaver, Oculer, Phenox, Oxymem and Medtronic.

No doubt, many of those newly-announced jobs will overlap with the 10 hottest jobs of 2016 – the roles Hays predicts will be in high demand next year.

However, it’s not all good news. That many new jobs can surely only exacerbate the global skills shortage, something that is inordinately affecting the health and wellbeing of IT professionals.

We learned this week that Aer Lingus is, somewhat surprisingly, a big tech recruiter, hiring for digital and mobile roles at their Dublin Airport HQ.

Some of the many jobs on offer at the moment will no doubt be filled by Irish people coming home to work, like John James Freer, a CX specialist at Airbnb, who moved back to Ireland to be closer to the big tech companies.

Finally, we learned that Mrs Claus is the one who does all the engineering work in the workshop – a whizz with the toy-making machine’s innards, the matriarch of Lapland earned a degree in engineering from North Pole University. Talk about a positive role model!

The more you know…

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

1. PwC announces 500 new jobs 

PwC has revealed plans to hire more than 500 people in Ireland in 2016 across a wide range of roles from finance to cybersecurity, data analytics, risk management and more.

2. Irish IoT firm Asavie announces 106 jobs

Ireland’s internet of things (IoT) portfolio is growing once again with the news that the IoT software developer Asavie is to create 106 jobs in its Dublin office over the next two-and-a-half years.

3. Microsoft bouncing back with 160 new roles in Dublin

It seems that, at least when it comes to its Irish operations, Microsoft is bouncing back from a difficult period with the news it’s to create 100 new jobs in its EMEA HQ in Dublin, along with 60 intern positions.

4. The 10 hottest jobs of 2016

As we trip ever closer to the end of 2015, and after a year chock-full of hundreds of job announcements, we start to look forward to the jobs market of next year, and we ask ourselves, “What will be the hottest jobs of 2016?”

5. Stressed out IT pros bear the brunt of the skills shortage

Nearly three-quarters of Irish-based IT professionals in large and small organisations are sacrificing their health and personal lives to make up for the shortfall caused by the scarcity of talent.

6. Aer Lingus – top-flight recruiter of tech talent

When you think of careers with Aer Lingus, you more than likely think of pilots, cabin crew and ground crew. You may be surprised, therefore, to learn that the Irish airline is also a huge provider of tech jobs.

7. Leaving Ireland for new experiences, coming home for opportunities in tech

John James Freer, an English-language CX specialist at Airbnb, left Dublin for Barcelona in 2010, seeking new experiences and hoping to learn a second language. With the Spanish economy in a tailspin, Freer saw the opportunities inherent in the success of the Irish tech industry and returned to Ireland.

8. Listen up, kids, Mrs Claus is the engineer behind your toys

While Santa receives much of the credit for bringing toys to the children of the world at Christmas, did you know that Mrs Claus is the North Pole’s leading engineer building the toys?

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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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