Irish Expats Returning Home as Jobs Market Improves

by Ray Clancy on April 17, 2015

After the global economic downturn many people left Ireland who couldn’t find jobs or advance their careers but now these expats are returning home.

The latest quarterly survey from Irish recruitment firm CPL shows that 40% of employers believe there is an increase in candidates coming home from overseas with the UK, Australia and Canada the top locations from where they are returning.

IRELANDairportMany Employers have cited examples of how the international experience gained by these candidates is of great benefit to their companies, with over 63% of companies hiring for growth in 2015.

‘A lot of Irish people do go abroad and then they come back with this international experience and these skills to come back and take these jobs in Ireland,’ said CPL director Peter Cosgrove.

‘We’ve been talking for the last year in a lot of sectors that we don’t have enough people for the jobs that we have which is a positive complaint to have. But we have a huge amount of Irish people now realising that they can come back to the country they were born in, that they want to stay in, and they can get a good job that they want,’ he added.

The report, which covers the first quarter of 2015, also shows which sectors Irish expats might now find jobs and that there has been a steady increase in the number of jobs posted since 2011.

The average level of the CPL Jobs Index during the final quarter of 2014 was 217, its highest level yet and a little more than twice the number of jobs posted on average in 2011.

Strongest growth can be found in science and engineering as well as IT, accountancy, finance, banking, sales and marketing and retail.

The report shows that the recovery in Ireland’s jobs market is on-going, according to Ronan Lyons, an economist at Trinity College Dublin, with jobs now growing for 13 quarters in a row.

He pointed out that there appears to be some cooling off in IT but in addition to on-going strength in science, engineering and supply chain jobs, there has been a lift in sales, marketing and retail jobs recently also.

‘The improved bargaining power of jobseekers is reflected in employer sentiment, which increasingly views the market as more a jobseeker’s than an employer’s,’ he added.

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