Ireland launches campaign encouraging expats to return

Published:  8 Jun at 6 PM
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Due to the devastating effects of the 2008 financial crash in Ireland, many highly qualified IT specialists left for overseas jobs, and are now being enticed back as the country’s economy strengthens.

For several years after the 2008 crash decimated Ireland’s economy, qualified professionals across the board left to make new lives everywhere from Europe to Australia and New Zealand. With the country now on a stable footing, skills shortages especially in the IT and Life Sciences sector are slowing further development in the Emerald Isle.

In a brave attempt to reverse the situation, recruitment company Experis Ireland has started a campaign to persuade Irish professionals to return to their homeland. A wide range of IT jobs is available, mostly focused on Galway, Kildare and Dublin, and medical device and pharmaceutical companies in Munster and other regions are begging for qualified, experienced staff.

The recruitment company has joined with global job community hub Borderless Talent in creating a ‘No Craic Like Home’ campaign to publicise the increase in engineering, science-based and IT positions now available. Given the vast improvement in the country’s economy, the campaign suggests it’s a great time to consider moving back.

Experis Ireland’s CEO Andrew Crawford explained that he’s aware that many skilled Irish professionals working overseas are missing the home country and would love to be able to return. Whilst at the time they left, he said, they made the right decision for their careers, with the significant opportunities now available it’s the right time to come home as regards financial gain and career opportunities.

The campaign coincides with a recent OECD report on the Irish economy, which states that robust expansion is expected to continue in 2016 and 2017. Employment is also expected to maintain steady growth along with wage growth, and GDP growth should reach 5 per cent by the end of 2016.
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