Free Training Courses for the Unemployed

Skillnets is a scheme that provides free training courses to jobseekers in areas of skills shortages.  Under Skillnets – groups of companies with similar training needs set up training networks and offer courses to jobseekers .
Skillnets mission  is the “promotion and facilitation of work-based training and upskilling as key elements in sustaining Ireland’s national competitiveness.”

Skillnets was established in 1999 and is funded from the National Training Fund (NTF) through the Department of Education and Skills (DES).  At the start of 2016 there were over 12,000 businesses in Ireland  involved in Skillnets training programmes

Courses are offered in a variety of sectors including:
• IT
• Healthcare
• Design
• Retail
• Manufacturing
• Engineering
• International financial services
• Pharmaceutical
• Agriculture

You can find out more about the courses available here : http://www.skillnets.ie/training

 

 

Areas of Job Growth in Ireland

The jobs situation in Ireland seems to be improving in 2016   – with increased job vacancies in many sectors.
There are some areas of employment in Ireland where there are shortages of certain skills and experienced staff.  If you have qualifications and / or experience in these areas you will have more chance of finding employment in 20166 and 2017.

 

Construction: this sector is growing quite fast and there are vacancies for skilled tradespeople  such as electricians and carpenters as well as professional roles such as quantity surveyors and project managers.

ICT   Some of the areas of skill shortages include software developers, network engineers, systems architects, data analysts, information security analysts, tech support with languages, and project managers.

Financial  :   Jobs are often available for  financial accountants  people with  fund accounting supervisory roles, regulatory & compliance skills, deposit and treasury management roles, risk analysts and actuaries, and financial clerks

Health and social work:   Difficult to fill vacancies include doctors, nurses, radiographers, specialist technicians and care workers.

Accommodation and Food services: This sector has experienced considerable turnover for elementary occupations .  Vacancies for chefs are also very common .

Transportation : Job vacancies  for HGV drivers and mechanics are often hard to fill.

 

German Speaking Jobs Galway

Wayfair is an online furnishing and homewares retailer  – and they plan  to create 160 new jobs in Galway during 2016/2017 the coming months. The new positions will be for call centre staff for the European market. –  many of the jobs will require German language skills and others will need Spanish or French.

Wayfair offers 7 million products from over 7,000 suppliers across five distinct brands – Wayfair.com, AllModern, Birch Lane, DwellStudio and Joss & Main. The company employed 4,604 people as of March 31, 2016 and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts with operations throughout North America and Europe.

The Sales and Service Team works directly with customers to ensure that their questions and needs are addressed.   The talented and energetic consultants in this rapidly growing team enjoy closing sales, solving problems, and building relationships with Wayfair’s customers.

Take a look at the current vacancies at Wayfair here

They say they offer employees “exciting work in a fun, dynamic environment that encourages learning and growth.”   They also accept résumés on a rolling basis from motivated individuals who are interested in working in the e−commerce industry.

In a recent interview – the CEO of Wayfair said that when hiring workers there are four key traits he looks for People have to be intelligent, hardworking, team-oriented, and quantitative — interested in using analytic insights. He said he values those traits far more than job experience and he likes people who are willing to be creative and think about what is the best idea they can come up with.

 

 

Domino’s Pizza Jobs in Ireland

Domino’s Pizza are going to be expanding in Ireland – and there could be around 200 new job vacancies with them in the next few months.
They plan to expand into the following areas:

Drogheda – North

Dublin – Blanchardstown

Dublin – Citywest

Dublin – Cornelscourt

Dublin – Maynooth/Greenfield

Dublin – Portmarnock (Malahide)

Dublin – Shankill

Sligo

Domino’s just do takeaway Pizza – and the roles will involve Customer Service, Pizza Making, Oven Tending and Delivering. All these roles are multifunctional; you’ll be expected to contribute to the work of the team, which includes keeping the store, the customer waiting area, and the store frontage clean, presentable and welcoming.
Irish vacancies may not be posted on the Domino’s website – but check there first . If you cannot find any vacancies listed for your local Dominos’ just contact the store directly to find out if they are recruiting.

Current Domino locations in Ireland can be found here :

Domino’s also have a supply chain centre in Naas.  There may be job vacancies for drivers and warehouse and production operatives.

 

 

 

Jobs for Irish Speakers in the EU Commission

Irish has been recognised as one of the official languages of the European Union since 2007 – but  until now it has not been given the same importance as other official languages. In December 2015, the European Council adopted a regulation aimed at ending the derogation of the Irish language  by the end of 2021.  This means that several EU institutions are now preparing to provide Irish language services at the same level as those provided for the other official languages of the EU.

It is estimated there will be up to 180 jobs created  for Irish speakers in the EU institutions in Brussels and Luxemburg between now and the end of 2021.
Recruitment has just begun for the first 62 Translator jobs in Brussels and Luxembourg – and it closes on July 12th.

 

Applications can be made via  www.jobs.eu-careers.eu. The jobs are open to university graduates, including those graduating this summer, with an excellent command of Irish and a thorough knowledge of at least two other official EU languages including English, French or German. The salary scale for the positions starts at €4,384 per month. Successful candidates may also qualify for additional allowances depending on their personal circumstances.

 

 

 

 

Employment Agencies in Galway

An “agency worker”  is an individual employed by an employment agency under a contract of employment by virtue of which the individual may be assigned to work for, and under the direction and supervision of, a person other than the employment agency.

 

All  agency workers must have equal treatment with workers hired directly by the hirer in respect of:  Pay, Working time, Rest periods, Night work, Overtime, Annual leave, or Public holidays.

Temporary agency workers must also have the same access, as the hirer’s own workers, to facilities such as childcare, canteen or similar amenities, or transport services.

 

An employment agency cannot charge an individual a fee in respect of making any arrangement for that individual’s employment.

Here are some Employment Agencies in Galway

Career Path Recruitment Limited Unit 2a Briarhill Business Park Ballybrit

CCP Recruitment Limited  Block 2, IDA Business Park Tuam Road

CLS Recruitment Group Ltd  Unit 2, First Floor , Glenrock Business Park, Ballybane, Galway.

Collins McNicholas Limited Unit 27 Briarhill Business Park Briarhill Galway

Exalt Recruitment Limited  Glenrock House Glenrock Business Park Ballybane Galway

Fergal Melia FMCA Human Resources 4 Cluain na Cathrach, Monivea Road, Athenry, Co Galway

Finnstaff Recruitment  6 Francis Street Galway City

Flagship Maritime Consultants Ltd Flagship Management

Brogan House Kinvara, Co. Galway

I.C.E. Group, Centrepoint Liosban Business Park Tuam Road Galway

Phillips Career Solutions 16 Hawthorn Place Clybaun Road Galway

PlaceMe Recruitment Unit 2A City East Business Park Ballybrit Co Galway

 

Maximum Working Hours in Ireland

Working Hours in Ireland

In Ireland – the maximum number of hours an employee should work in an average working week is 48 hours. This working week average should be calculated over a four-month period. There are some exceptions to this average period.

 

Overtime Pay

There is no obligation on employers in Ireland to pay employees higher rates, for example, double time, for work completed in overtime. You must, however, receive at the very least your normal hourly rate of pay for overtime.

Breaks

Employees are entitled to:

A daily rest period of 11 consecutive hours every  24 hours

A weekly rest period of 24 consecutive hours every seven days, following a daily rest period

An employee is entitled to a break of 15 minutes after a 4½ hour work period, and a break of 30 minutes if more than 6 hours are worked, which can include the first 15-minute break. Such breaks do not have to be paid, and are not part of working time

For more information visit  Workplace Relations Commission: www.workplacerelations.ie

 

Sunday Working

If you work on a Sunday – any entitlement to extra wages may be agreed between you and your employer. Under the Organisation of Working Time Act, if there is no agreement about your pay, your employer must give you one or more of the following for Sunday working:

A reasonable allowance

A reasonable pay increase

Reasonable paid time off work

 

What is reasonable depends on all the circumstances. It is a matter for negotiation between you and your employer and, where applicable, your trade union.

 

Improving IT Jobs Market in Ireland

2016 looks like it will be another strong year for the IT industry in Ireland. Salaries are likely to increase as there is competition amongst businesses to try and hire qualified  IT staff.

Increasing numbers of jobs in Ireland and an ongoing IT skills shortage often means that skilled and experienced IT professionals can get several job offers.

Developers:  Demand continues to grow for  Web, software and mobile app developers. Those with .NET, PHP and MySQL skills, as well as those with responsive design skills, are in high demand.

 

Major Irish Sectors for IT Jobs in Ireland

Financial Services: Financial services providers are offering more technology-enabled services to customers, such as online banking and brokerage services. There is a business-critical need for reliability and connectivity for both internal and customer-facing systems and apps.

Healthcare: Healthcare organisations are embracing new technologies to meet regulatory compliance demands, accelerate innovation and improve the quality of patient care.

Managed Services: More companies are relying on managed services providers for day-to-day IT needs, from data storage to network management.

Telecommunications: Trends include relentless demand for connectivity and speed in communication.

 

Help with Starting a Business for the Unemployed

Back to Work Enterprise Allowance:

If you are unemployed – you don’t need to rely on other people to give you a job , you can become self employed.  There is financial help available for people in Ireland who are on social welfare and start their own business.
In the early stages of being self employed – the income stream can be very slow and expenses can be high.  The  Back to Work Enterprise Allowance enables you to keep some of your social welfare payments for up to 2 years while you build up the business.

Setting yourself up as a self employed sole trader can be very  fairly simple – you just tell Revenue that you are self employed , complete a tax return once a year.  There is no legal requirement to register a business name  or have a business bank account.  You need to keep  records of income and expenditure.

You only need to register for VAT if  your annual turnover exceeds or is likely to exceed  €75,000 in respect of the supply of goods or €37,500 in respect of the supply of services.

The first step is to confirm with the Dept of Social Protection that you are eligible.
The next stage is to get approval from your nearest  Local Development Companies .

These Local Development Companies also provide useful advice and training for anyone thinking of becoming self employed.

If If you do not live in an area covered by a Local Development Company , you should apply to the Case Officer in your Intreo Centre or social welfare local office.

You will  usually have to complete the following forms.

An abridged business plan and a cash flow forecast – like this one

A Back to Work Enterprise Allowance application form  (See here) – which asks for basic details about what the business involves , if you have any experience and start up costs.

A TRI – tax registration form

If you qualify for the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance you can keep the following 100% of of your social welfare payment for the 1st year and 75% for the 2nd year.

You can qualify if you have been getting one of the qualifying payments listed below for at least 12 months…

Jobseeker’s Allowance ; Jobseeker’s Transitional payment ;Jobseeker’s Benefit (with an underlying entitlement to Jobseeker’s Allowance)*

One-Parent Family Payment ;
Blind Pension
Disability Allowance ;
Carer’s Allowance (having stopped caring duties)
Farm Assis
Invalidity Pension
Incapacity Supplement ;
Widow’s/Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s (Non-Contributory) Pension

or Illness Benefit for 3 or more years

Extra Help

Once you have been approved for the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance –  you can also get extra financial help  with the costs of setting up your business from an  Enterprise Support Grant (ESG)
The ESG can pay you a total of €2,500 in any 24-month period  towards  business costs such as advertising , accountancy ,  tools , equipment,  website  etc. Each category of help has it’s own limit – for example the maximum you can get towards website registration and related services is €500. You can get up to €1000 towards business equipment. You must be able to make a matching contribution of at least 20% to access this ESG  support. You will need to provide proof of the costs (quotations from at least 2 suppliers or, if a single supplier, the reasons for choosing a single supplier).

You can’t get funding to help with the following :

Professional development programmes arranged by professional and regulatory bodies
Purchase of any type of vehicle
Stock-in-trade
Building/premises rental costs
Cost of travel
Insurance (except public liability)
Personal clothing and uniforms (except protective clothing)
Training or education other than Short-term training on book-keeping, regulation, rollout of business plan, start-your-own-business and courses of training related to the start-up.
More info here

 

Galway Races Jobs 2016

Jobs at the Galway Races 2016

As usual – Lydon House Catering are looking for temporary  staff to work at the Galway Races which take place this year  from Monday 25th July to  Sunday 31st  July 2016.

They are looking for the following Categories of Experienced Staff:

Hospitality Supervisors

Bar Supervisors  Catering Supervisors

Chefs  Waiting Staff  Bar Staff

Catering Assistants/Kitchen Porters/Wash Up Staff

Administration Staff

 

All applicants must be 16 years or over. There are some restrictions on the roles and time periods that staff between 16 – 18 years can be recruited for e.g. duration of employment is 5 days maximum, staff must finish work before 10.00pm

Applicants need to complete this application form and send it to the appropriate department:

Bar Applicants Email: barstaff@lydonhousecatering.com

All Other Applications Email: personnel@lydonhousecatering.com

Include your name and “Galway Races Application 2016” in the subject box.

The Galway Races Summer Festival is renowned as being Ireland’s premier and most colourful racing festival.  While it is a major sporting event, it also appeals to a much wider audience than just the racing fans. It’s true to say once you go racing in Galway, you’ll want to make it an annual event. It is a unique occasion filled with colour, atmosphere, passion and craic.