Tech/Life Ireland is a new government funded national initiative to brand Ireland as a top destination to pursue a career in technology. The initiative is being delivered in partnership with Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland and the tech industry.
Tech/Life Ireland is a focused international marketing initiative with a dedicated website, www.techlifeireland.com, to attract talented and experienced tech experts to Ireland and to promote top tech career opportunities here. The initiative uses digital and social media to showcase the unrivalled lifestyle, tech environment and job opportunities available in Ireland. Initial target markets include countries in Central and Southern Europe. These have been identified based on detailed analysis of talent movement, local search activity and consultation with recruitment professionals from industry.
Ireland is one of the tech capitals of the world. We’re home to a huge array of dynamic Irish tech companies and the location of EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) headquarters for many of the world’s leading names. There are currently about 80,000 top tech professionals working in tech throughout Ireland and a further 8,000 IT jobs in Ireland are forecast to open each year. Things happen here and they happen fast, thanks to a thriving start-up scene and some of Europe’s most prominent research centres to boot.
While Dublin’s Silicon Docks area has rightfully earned its name for being the centre of Ireland’s tech scene, there are large clusters of tech activity all throughout the country, particularly in our other cities such as Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford. We’re home to 9 of the top 10 global software companies, 9 of the top 10 US technology companies [For use in US locations], and all of the top 10 ‘Born on the Internet’ companies.
Apple has been based in Cork since 1980 and has recently invested €850m in a new data centre in Galway. In Dublin’s Silicon Docks, you’ll find the EMEA Headquarters for social media giants Google, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. E-commerce stars Amazon, Etsy, Zalando, Groupon, PayPal, AirBnB and Uber are all based here, as well as IT staples such as Siemens, HP, Intel, Dell, Microsoft and Symantec. Representing the gaming sphere, you’ll find EA, PopCap, Riot Games and Zynga. Key Cloud Service pioneers such as Adobe, Dropbox, Salesforce and SAP, also have centres in Dublin and Galway.
Home-grown Irish companies span a wide range of fields, from mobile payment tech, game design and cloud computing solutions to embedded tech, the Internet of Things and data security. Irish firms are breaking ground in many of these sectors.
For Ireland, the fastest growing skills demand at present is for top IT professionals. If high levels of growth continue, Ireland will have almost 100,000 people employed in top tech jobs by the end of 2018, with openings throughout the country.
Highly skilled ICT professionals are needed not just in the ICT sector itself. They are also needed in many other fast-growing sectors of the economy such as International Financial Services, Business Services, high-end Manufacturing, and Cleantech. ICT skills are also increasingly in demand in domestically trading sectors such as Retail and Hospitality.
Why should you be part of Ireland’s Tech Industry?
A tech career in Ireland means an opportunity to be part of the evolution of tech. We’re at the forefront of advancing technologies, particularly in the realm of Embedded Tech and the Internet of Things. In fact, Dublin has been predicted to be the first ‘Internet of Things City’ by Intel. It’s no coincidence that it’s also the birthplace of their Curie chip for wearables. Innovation is valued highly and there are a lot of ambitious companies and people based here. If you’re looking for a challenge, Ireland is a place where you can make a real impact on the future of tech.
Opportunity: While Ireland both produces and attracts a very talented pool of tech talent, the industry is continuing to grow quickly, and many skills are in high demand. This means your skills and experience will be valued here. You’ll have more choice in what companies and projects you would like to work with, and more opportunities to advance to leadership roles once you’re here. It’s the perfect size for networking and making valuable connections. As an English-speaking country, a career in Ireland can also allow you to develop your language skills while experiencing all that life in Ireland has to offer.
Benefits: Tech jobs are renowned for their accompanying perks. In Ireland, the biggest perk of all is the ability to strike a better work/life balance than in other tech hubs, where long commutes and late nights at the office can be common. In Ireland, people work hard and play hard. Both employees and employers understand the importance of switching off at the end of the day, so you can enjoy your evenings and weekends. Perhaps this is one reason why a recent Indeed report found Irish employees are the happiest in Europe and the 4th happiest in the world!
Great Outdoors: Ireland has plenty of natural resources to enjoy with 3,000 kilometres of coastline, over 40 mountain ranges, 37 rivers, 6 national parks and countless glorious beaches. There are lots of things to do in Ireland, especially if you’re not afraid to get your feet wet.
For more information on ICT careers in Ireland, please take a look at the new dedicated website, www.techlifeireland.com.