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44,500 new job openings predicted for ICT workers in Ireland in the next six years

Monday, November 4 2013

Continued demand for people with ICT skills across the Irish economy could generate 44,500 new job openings over the next six years, according to Forfás and the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs. A new report Addressing Future Demand for High-Level ICT Skills forecasts the demand for high-level ICT skills up to 2018. In 2012, there were 68,280 ICT professionals working within the ICT sector and across other sectors of the economy. The report forecasts that there will be increased demand of, on average, 5pc per annum for these high-level ICT skills up to 2018, increasing the employment of ICT professionals to 91,000. In order to achieve the jobs potential, the report notes that all potential policy levers will need to continue to be utilised to increase high-level ICT skills supply. Source: Silicon Republic

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Gilt to create 45 software engineering jobs in Dublin

Thursday, October 31 2013

E-commerce company Gilt is to establish a Platform Innovation Centre in Dublin and with it, 45 software engineering jobs over the next two years.
In addition to the software engineering jobs, Gilt will also continue to add finance and customer service positions in its Limerick office. The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, through IDA Ireland, is supporting the project.
Richard Bruton, TD, Ireland’s Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, together with Michelle Peluso, CEO of Gilt, announced today that Gilt is to make a further investment in its Irish operations with the establishment of the Platform Innovation Centre.

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Fast-growing careers in technology (infographic)

Wednesday, October 30 2013

Tech is where it’s at in terms of future jobs, with five jobs in particular to grow between 12pc and 30pc by 2020, an infographic suggests.

The infographic by Seattle University’s Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering that has been published on states that the fastest-growing jobs in technology are in software development, computer systems analysis, computer and information research science, computer and information systems management, and computer programming.

The infographic also offers career change statistics and reasons why people change careers.

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TripAdvisor establishes engineering hub in Dublin, creating at least 50 jobs

Monday, September 30 2013

Online travel hub TripAdvisor announced the establishment of its first European engineering hub in Dublin’s docklands region and will begin recruitment for 50 engineering roles immediately. The Dublin location will be TripAdvisor’s largest engineering operation outside its US base and will be a hub for key engineering roles globally. The decision to locate in Dublin’s ‘Silicon Docks’, according to SVP of engineering and operations Andy Gelfond, was based on the availability of talent. “As a global and growing company, we need to expand the places where we can find best-in-class talent. Given the robust roles we are looking to recruit, we felt it was important to base our new engineering hub in a location that had a history of supporting technology and innovation, and had a talent pool to recruit from, and in that respect Dublin fits the bill perfectly,” he said.

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Tech jobs spike as sector in talent hunt

Friday, August 16 2013

Nearly three-quarters of IT companies plan to take on more staff over the next three months, as the sector continues to grow rapidly.

Source: Irish Independent

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Majority of Irish IT companies plan to hire new staff in next 3 months

Friday, August 16 2013

Majority of Irish IT companies plan to hire new staff in next 3 monthsA new survey has found that the majority of Irish technology companies plan to take on new staff in the next three months. However, over half of the businesses surveyed in the first Irish Software Association Digital Technology Index said finding the right talent for these jobs remains a challenge.More than 700 Irish technology company bosses responded to the survey, with the results showing that two-thirds are more confident about their business than they were three months ago. Three-quarters of respondents said they expect revenue from international sales to rise in the next 12 months, with a quarter predicting that increase to be substantial. As a result, 80% said they anticipate an overall increase in sales revenue, and that they expect to take on extra staff in the next three months. However, filling those jobs with the right people will be a challenge for just over half.

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Maths = Jobs!

Wednesday, August 14 2013

Cisco senior vice-president and star of RTÉ’s Dragons’ Den Barry O’Sullivan has welcomed the new record set in the number of students who sat the Higher Level maths paper in the 2013 Leaving Certificate exams in Ireland. More than one in four maths candidates (26pc) took the Higher Level paper this year.

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Source: Silicon Republic

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All-time high in number of students who sat Higher Level maths in Leaving Cert

Wednesday, August 14 2013

A new record has been set for the number of students who sat the Higher Level maths paper for the Leaving Certificate in Ireland. This year, 26pc of students took the Higher Level paper – the highest figure on record – 13,014 students in 2013 compared with 8,235 candidates.

The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn, TD, has sent his congratulations to the 55,572 Leaving Certificate students who will be collecting their results at their schools, by phone or online today.

“The waiting is over. I hope the results received reflect the work and the many hours of study that the students have committed to over the last few years,” Quinn said.
Source: Silicon Republic

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'Leaving Cert Results Day' today!

Wednesday, August 14 2013

On behalf of the School we would like to wish everyone receiving their Leaving Cert results today the very best of luck. We look forward to seeing some of you in September.

‘Severe’ ICT skills shortage highlighted by 4,500 vacancies

Friday, May 24 2013

The significant level of job vacancies in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector highlights a “severe” shortage of suitably skilled applicants in the Irish workforce, a new study has warned.
In its ‘ICT Skills Audit’, the non-profit training promotion agency, Fastrack to IT (FIT), estimates that there are 4,500 vacancies in Ireland’s ICT sector. These are not being filled, because of “the severely limited supply of suitably skilled applicants”. The study, based on a survey of 38 IT multinationals and SMEs, shows that many of the vacancies are at the intermediate-skills level, and could be filled after training programmes of six to 24 months.

Source: Irish Examiner

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Plan to fill 2,000 technology vacancies

Wednesday, April 10 2013

The Government hopes to provide 2,000 people with jobs in the technology sector by attracting more foreign workers to Ireland and with Irish graduates coming through specialised courses.

The plan would help plug the gap in the 3,000 vacancies in the technology sector in Ireland and go towards making Ireland the “internet capital of Europe”, said Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton, at the announcement of how the jobs would be filled.

This year 700 graduates from non-technology degrees will leave conversion courses giving them skills to work in the sector. Another 600 graduates will complete Springboard courses designed to help them learn new skills in technology, said Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn.

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HP to build 87,000 sq-foot cloud R&D operation in Galway for 700 workers

Monday, April 8 2013

HP has applied for planning permission to build a new 87,000 sq-foot R&D and cloud facility in Galway that will house up to 700 workers.

The facility will house software R&D, cloud innovation and business services for HP worldwide.

Construction at the site is to begin this year and will be one of the largest construction projects in the Galway region in recent times. The project will employ 150 construction workers

The new facility will be a modern office building, built with flexibility and environmental sustainability features and fitted out to support the needs of HP employees into the future. In the last three years, HP in Ireland has been successful in attracting more than 1,000 new jobs to the country in addition to the 4,000 or so already in place. The creation of the Global Services Desk in March 2009 generated 500 jobs, and the expansion of the company's Galway operation in 2010 spawned 50 jobs. In addition, the company announced 120 jobs at its Dublin operations in September 2010 and 105 jobs at its Galway operations in December 2010, followed by a further 50 new jobs.

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Renewable energy consultancy Natural Power to create 20 new jobs in Dublin

Wednesday, March 27 2013

Twenty new highly skilled jobs have been created in Dublin at Natural Power, an international renewable energy consultancy specialising in onshore wind, offshore wind, tidal energy, biomass, solar PV and hydro energy.The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation is supporting the investment through IDA Ireland. Natural Power operates globally with offices in the UK, Europe and North America. Dublin represents the company’s first office in Ireland and 13th office internationally. The office will be based at Beacon Court in Sandyford, Dublin 18. The Dublin office will focus on local and global construction projects. With more than 50 wind-farm projects completed to date across Europe and North America, Natural Power offers a complete and comprehensive range of construction management, technical advice, design and geotechnical support.

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Yahoo! to create more than 200 jobs in Dublin

Thursday, March 21 2013

Yahoo!’s operations centre in Dublin is growing and the internet giant is to create more than 200 jobs as a result of the expansion in the Irish capital. The company, which opened its doors in Dublin in 2003, has already started recruiting for customer support, technology, operations, HR and finance, which will support Yahoo!’s business across the Europe, Middle Eastern and Africa (EMEA) region. Senior Yahoo! executives met with both An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, TD, and the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, TD, as part of Ireland’s Industrial Development Agency (IDA) investment missions in the past year. “At Yahoo!, we’re all about making people’s daily habits inspiring and entertaining, and our team in Dublin helps make this happen every day. It’s the face of Yahoo! for millions of users and advertisers throughout EMEA,” said Christophe Parcot, Yahoo! VP and head of EMEA.
“We’re keenly focused on recruiting and developing the best talent in the industry, and there is significant opportunity at Yahoo! for the right individuals who want to grow their careers with a global digital brand.”

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Eishtec reveals plans to hire a further 100 people

Monday, March 11 2013

Waterford call centre company Eishtec, which in December announced 250 new jobs, is planning to recruit an additional 100 people. The company is to hold a Jobs Fair at the Theatre Royal in Waterford today and tomorrow.The company’s co-founders and owners Heather Reynolds, Brian Barry and Colm Tracey, all previously held director-level roles in the telecoms industry in Ireland and overseas. In December, we reported that Eishtec is to create 250 new jobs at a new custom-built facility in Wexford after the company won a contract with UK mobile operator Everything Everywhere (EE), which is rolling out the UK’s first 4G network. Eishtec currently employs 400 people at its Waterford site at the Cleaboy Business Park.

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Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs aims to fill 900,000 predicted European ICT vacancies

Monday, March 4 2013

With 900,000 ICT vacancies predicted for the EU in 2015, a Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs has been established to fill these positions through improved training initiatives and skills matching. Ireland's Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton, TD, launched the Grand Coalition in Brussels today. Bruton is also chair of the European Council of Employment Ministers during the Irish Presidency of the EU. “Even during the economic crisis, the numbers employed in ICT have been growing by 3pc annually,” said Bruton. “In spite of this, strong demand will continue and, according to the latest revised data, there is expected to be up to 900,000 unfilled vacancies in the EU for ICT professionals by 2015.” The minister was joined by European Commission president José Manuel Barroso; vice-president in charge of the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes; commissioner for employment, social affairs and inclusion László Andor; and commissioner for education, culture, multilingualism and youth Androulla Vassiliou.

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4,300 new jobs on cards as Intel gets planning permission to build US$4bn 14nm chip plant in Ireland

Thursday, January 24 2013

Ireland’s lead planning agency An Bord Pleanála has given chip giant Intel the go-ahead it needs to construct a massive US$4bn chip plant that will produce the next generation of 14 nanometer (nm) microprocessors. The two year-project, if it gets the final go-ahead from Intel's board, has the potential to generate 3,500 construction and 800 full-time technology jobs. In early 2011, Intel revealed plans to begin a substantial new US$500m construction project at is Leixlip campus in Co Kildare, where it already employs around 4,000 people. The new build, a redevelopment of the former Fab 14 operation at Leixlip, is to develop the next-generation facilities to handle future products. At the time, Intel said the project would create 200 high-level technology jobs, as well as 850 construction jobs.Now it appears that number of jobs could be quadrupled as Intel moves to the next generation of computing technology as it keeps pace with Moore's Law.

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Ireland’s microelectronics sector on track to create 1,300 new jobs by 2015

Monday, November 5 2012

Some 1,300 new jobs will be generated within the microelectronics sector by 2015, according to a survey carried out by industry-led Midas Ireland. The research, released to highlight the beginning of Microelectronics Week, reveals that there are more than 50 open opportunities in the sector today in Ireland. The sector also shows a strong loyalty to graduates, with a target to hire more than 200 for graduate programmes throughout 2012/2013. Currently employing more than 8,000 people in more than 55 companies, the microelectronics industry is a significant employer and major contributor to the Irish economy. Eighty-six per cent of companies surveyed have made operational and employment investment at their Irish operations over the last 24 months.

IDA Ireland CEO Barry O’Leary explained: “The availability of world-class engineering talent, combined with the ‘cluster-effect’ of existing semiconductor companies in Ireland, all contribute to winning new investments. This year alone, IDA Ireland has announced investment from Hittite Microwave, Microsemi, Xilinx, ZMDI, and M/A COM.”

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US electronics firm to create 30 Cork jobs

Thursday, October 4 2012

Thirty jobs are being created by a US electronics firm in Cork. Hittite Microwave Corporation, which makes semiconductors, will take on 19 research and development staff and 11 others at the international operations centre. Jobs Minister Richard Bruton said the investment is worth €4m.
“This is an innovative US semiconductor company deciding that Cork is the place to carry out very significant research activities due to the presence of high-end research institutes and the availability of talent,” he said.
Hittite Microwave Corporation designs and manufactures high frequency, analogue and mixed signal electronics components.

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Minister Bruton joins Google to celebrate opening of new €75 million air-cooled data centre in Dublin

Friday, September 28 2012

Minister Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, today visited Google’s new €75 million data centre in Dublin’s Profile Park. The new data centre - which houses computers that run cloud computing services such as the Google search engine, Gmail and Google Maps - ranks amongst the most energy efficient in the world. It uses an advanced air-cooling system to keep its computers running smoothly, taking advantage of Ireland’s naturally cool climate. As a result, the centre does not require costly and power-hungry air-conditioning units, which are still used in many traditional data centres. This enables Google to reduce significantly its energy requirements and helps maintain its global status as a carbon-neutral company. Construction of the data centre took just under one year to complete, and in total over 1,000 people working for over 90 specialist building and engineering companies contributed to the build, with an average of 250 people working on site on any given day. Over 80% of the businesses involved were Irish. In total approximately 400,000 man-hours were dedicated to design and construction of the data centre.

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