It’s coming to the end of another year! A time to look back on 2013 and think of what we have accomplished and also to look forward to a new year in hope. It’s a time for thinking what we can improve on in 2014 and contemplating New Year’s resolutions.
Just today, Global software company Axway announced it is to create 15 new jobs in Dublin with the expansion of its research and development centre. CurrencyFair, the world’s first peer-to-peer currency exchange marketplace, is to add 30 jobs. IDA chief executive Barry O’Leary said “The move further reinforces Ireland as the leading location for software companies to support and service customers in the EMEA region.”2013 has been a tough year for many sectors here in Ireland; HMV closed its doors at the beginning of this year, AWear has entered examiner-ship with 350 jobs under threat, and Pfizer recently announced 150 job losses in Newbridge with more potential job losses on the horizon.
However, as ever, the technology sector seems to continue to grow. Social Media giants Facebook and Twitter have announced the creation of hundreds of new jobs between them and HP have announced a cloud Research & Development operation will be opened in Galway creating 700 new jobs. Other companies that have announced new jobs this year include Squarespace, Her.ie & Joe.ie, Novartis, MicksGarage.com…the list is endless.
92 of the companies in the top 250 Exporters report released earlier this year were in the ICT sector. Among these were Microsoft, Google and Dell. The sector employs around 75,000 people.
This trend suggests that it is a sector that will continue to grow in the future. The skills gap in Ireland, when it comes to the IT sector will hopefully become less of a problem as more and more people choose a career around technology.
Instead of fearing job losses and pay cuts, Ireland’s workers need to take more control of their skills development in order to adapt to changing industries, new demands and to prepare for the next wave of jobs according to Derek Fox, Head of Short Courses at the Irish Management Institute (IMI). Possibly a good New Year’s resolution for people to keep in mind!
Emma Dunican – IT Resourcer with Vantage Resources
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