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Trends in Ireland’s Employment Market

Trends in Ireland’s Employment Market

The start of 2019 has continued to see strong growth in employment. Ireland’s unemployment rate is now at its lowest level since February 2008.

According to the Central Bank, there is expected to be an additional 89,000 jobs created in the Irish Economy over the next two years. This will bring our total employment to a record number of 2.3 million. Currently we are 5.6% employment rate. According to the CSO, 50,500 people joined the workforce in 2018.

Currently Ireland is home to

  • 9 of the top 10 global pharmaceutical companies
  • 9 of the top 10 software companies
  • 12 of the top 15 medical tech companies

Pharmaceutical Sector

The pharmaceutical industry is also seeing growth with numerous jobs announcements and growth in companies such as Aerie Pharmaceuticals and Chanelle Pharmaceuticals announcing the creation of 350 jobs in Galway.

Electronics and Technology Sector

In the electronics and technology industry; Valeo in Galway has a recently announced to invest €44 million to create 50 new R&D jobs. This is a very exciting area to work on leading edge technology with  autonomous cars. Also announced recently is EML payments to expand its Galway operation employing 20 people. EMCA – automation company in Cavan is also set to create 42 new jobs over the next three years.

Ireland is also home to a large variety of technology companies including Cisco, First Data and also successful indigenous companies. There is a huge demand for software engineers and developers.

Medtech Sector

The Medtech sector is a huge growing sector with Boston Scientific; a global leader in less invasive medical devices that have many opportunities in Engineering, IT, Supply Chain, HR and Science sectors currently across they’re 3 sites in Ireland.  Boston Scientific employ almost 6,000 employees in Ireland and continue to grow and expand with the most recent growth in their Galway facility.

Language Sector

There is also high demand for language jobs in Ireland, with languages such as German, Spanish and French in high demand.

Supply Chain Sector

Jobs in supply chain and logistics is also increasing with a number of jobs for buyer/planners, sourcing specialists, demand planners, value stream and supply chain manager roles. The removal of trade barriers has allowed EU firms to export more which has lead to a demand in logistics jobs. This also has resulted in a need for supply chain specialists to have strong negotiation skills with suppliers.


These companies will host an array of job opportunities in Ireland from Manufacturing Engineering jobs, Quality Engineering jobs, R&D Engineering  jobs, Supply Chain jobs,  Production jobs and Language jobs.

At HERO Recruitment, we are proud to say we partner with some of the world’s leading medical device, pharmaceutical and manufacturing companies.

If you’re interested in speaking with us further regarding job opportunities in Ireland Call us now at our Galway office on +353 91 730022 or our Cork office on +353 21 2066287 or our Dublin office on  +353 1 6190279

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