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No shortage of opportunities for software engineers, full stack and games developers

Posted: 9 Jan 2020

No shortage of opportunities for software engineers, full stack and games developers

Recent announcements show that Dublin continues to attract significant numbers of new jobs, however, opportunities are also appearing elsewhere around the country, particularly in regions with good tech hubs.

IT workers continue to be highly sought after across the island of Ireland.

While jobs in the Dublin region tend to hog the headlines, there have been a number of interesting announcements both in the capital and elsewhere in the past few months.

In the Dublin area, these include LinkedIn who said they are creating 800 new jobs which will bring their Dublin headcount to 2,000 by summer 2020. Cloud-based web development platform, Wix added a customer support centre in Dublin to enhance its global support infrastructure and international footprint. Amsterdam-based cloud communications platform company MessageBird is expanding its European operations with a new office in Dublin where initial hires will focus on sales, customer success and support for MessageBird’s European customer base.

Outside the capital, Agora Companies, the global publishing consortium, announced 135 additional jobs in its Waterford offices. The majority of the new positions will be in Agora’s technology services operation, Threefold Systems, which is situated in Confederation House in Waterford City. These roles in UX, software development and product will provide application support, web and mobile application development as well as training and consultative services to The Agora Companies.

Earlier in 2019, in May, Allstate Sales Group Inc, a provider of turnkey engineering and construction services to the telecommunications industry announced it is to establish software development and CAD support centres in Ireland, at locations in Waterford and Sligo, creating 200 new jobs over the next three years. ASG will establish at WorkLab Waterford and IT Sligo Campus Innovation Centre during the initial start-up phase. The company is investigating permanent office options in Waterford and Sligo to scale their operations.

Meanwhile JRI America, Inc has announced plans to expand its Tralee Technology Centre, creating 100 new jobs over five years. The plans include a Security Operations Centre in Tralee with around 25 roles across a range of security-related functions including security operations, security event/incident monitoring, threat vulnerability analysis and management and network/systems security. The new centre will work closely with the group’s existing security operations centre in Japan to monitor, assess, mitigate and investigate cybersecurity threats/incidents on behalf of the group’s global operations. Other roles being created are in development, QA/testing, network, infrastructure, data centre support and helpdesk teams.

While jobs created through foreign direct investment companies tend to get more coverage in the media, there are many opportunities for IT workers in indigenous businesses and across all sectors at present. At the time of writing, Eolas Recruitment has more than 65 openings for software engineers and a similar number for full stack developers and games developers on our books, with many other excellent opportunities for good candidates across a broad spectrum of IT functions and related areas.

Housing and rents

As has been widely reported, there is significant pressure on accommodation in Dublin. Rents in the capital can be as high as €2,000-€3,000 per month. This is becoming a deterrent for job seekers. Eolas Recruitment has seen instances where good candidates have turned down roles because they cannot afford to live in the capital.

Outside Dublin, rents are lower and the quality of life can be better when workers do not have long daily commutes. That said, there is also pressure on housing in other areas. At the time of writing, the latest Irish rental report by property website Daft.ie shows that  on 1 May 2019 there were just 2,700 homes available to rent nationwide, the lowest number on record since 2006. Average monthly rent has increased by 4.5% in the past year to €1,391. In cities like Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford the average monthly mortgage payment can be significantly lower than the average monthly rent.

Finding vacancies

A shortage of skilled workers in the IT sector means that there are good opportunities for candidates including job seekers interested in moving to Ireland. Despite high rents, Ireland is an attractive location with a dynamic tech community. Most of the world’s leading technology companies have Irish operations and there are excellent IT communities in cities like Dublin, Cork, Galway and Limerick. Candidates who successfully relocate say that they enjoy the friendly atmosphere and good social scene as well as accessible opportunities to enjoy the arts, sports and outdoor activities.

Get in touch

As specialists in the IT sector, Eolas Recruitment can help you find suitable vacancies and/or contract opportunities with Irish-based companies provided you have suitable skills and experience. Contact us for details.

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