Which Graduate Jobs Have the Highest Starting Salary in Ireland ?

Based on a small survey of graduate starting salaries in 2017/2018 – here are the best paying career areas in Ireland.

  1. Accountancy & Financial Management – €35,048
  2. Engineering – €30,527
  3. IT & Tech – €30,162
  4. Retail & Sales – €30,150
  5. Law – €30,000
  6. Banking & Financial Services – €29,955
  7. Research & Development – 429,078
  8. Digital media & Marketing – €28,143
  9. Construction – €27,250
  10. Leisure & Tourism – €26,833

The average starting salary for graduate jobs in Ireland (2018) was €29,060 , up from €28,544 in 2017.
Sixteen per cent of graduate starting salaries were over €34,000.

 

Getting a Job – Top 5 Tips

Some tips to help you find a job

1. Get back in touch with your old college to see if they have an  job placement scheme. If you’re serious about finding work you should leave no stone unturned.

2. Take some classes. Today’s emphasis on lifelong learning means you need to show you are someone who wants to learn new things.  Anything is better than doing nothing – Sport or exercise can get you fit; practical skills will gain you confidence, driving is a skill that is needed in many jobs, languages can widen your world and academic subjects will boost your CV. It can give you a whole new outlook on life and work

3 Think about the future. Some industries, like energy and healthcare, are likely to have huge demands for jobs in future.  Do your research to find out where these gaps will be and if it is an industry that you would be interested in.

4 Create your own job. Consider starting your own business, either consulting for your current field or doing something entirely new.

5.  Don’t give up. It may take a while, but the perfect job for you is out there. Remember you are not alone, – Many people have been where you are now, and, if you talked to them, they would urge to not to stop. Be clear on what you want, believe in yourself and keep going.

 

Most Popular IT Employers in Ireland

The most popular graduate recruiters in IT and telecoms .
In 2018 a survey was carried out on over 14000 students by a company called Trendence. Part of the survey asked the students about their Ideal employer.

The top 10 preferred Irish employers in technology for 2018/19, as voted for by students and graduates, were:

1. Google

2. Apple

3. Facebook

4. Microsoft

5. Blizzard Entertainment

6. IBM

7. Bioware

8. SAP

9. Workday

10.LinkedIn

 

Companies in Ireland With The Biggest Turnover

These are the Top Ten employers in Ireland based on their global turnover figures. (data from 2019)

  1. Apple Ireland – Turnover €119 Billion
    • Apple designs and creates iphones , iPods , Mac laptops and desktop computers, the OS X operating system. The company first established operations in Ireland in 1980. The company is based in Cork and currently employs over 5,000 people in Ireland.
  2. Google Ireland – Turnover €33.2 billion
    • Google Ireland is the Europe, Middle East and AfricaA) headquarters for Google and provides technical, sales and operations support to customers in over 50 countries.
  3. Johnson Controls – Turnover €27.8 billion
    • Johnson Controls is a global technology and multi industrial leader serving a wide range of customers .
  4. CRH – €26.8 billion turnover
    • CRH plc is an international building materials group headquartered in Dublin.
  5. Medtronic plc – €26.7 billion turnover
    • A medical device company
  6. Microsoft – €24.6 billion turnover
    • Microsoft Ireland Operations Ltd is a subsidiary of the software giant Microsoft which sells, distributes and markets software globally from Dublin.
  7. Eaton Corp – €19.3 billion turnover
    • Eaton is a power management company providing energy-efficient solutions that help its customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably.
  8. Facebook €18.7 billion turnover
    • Founded in 2004 – People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what’s going on in the world.
  9. DCC €17.2 billion turnover
    • The DCC group provides sales, marketing, distribution and business support services .
  10. Allergan Inc €14.1 billion turnover Allergan Pharmaceuticals Ireland, a subsidiary of Allergan Inc., is based in Westport, Co. Mayo

See the Biggest Employers in Ireland with the biggest number of Worldwide Employees.

 

What are the Best Paid Jobs in Ireland ?

According to recent figures from the Central Statistics Office – the Average annual earnings for full-time employees in Ireland in 2018 was €43,397 .
(This figure is the mean average and excludes overtime and bonuses)

The Job Sectors  with the Highest average Annual Pay
(full time workers only – excluding overtime and bonuses)

  1.  The  Financial, insurance and real estate sector was in first place with average wages of  €57,068.
  2. The next highest average wage in 2018 was in the Information and Communication sector  at €56,465
  3. In third place was Education – with €53,310 average
  4. Professional and Scientific  roles had an an average pay of €49,867
  5. Public Sector workers had an average full time pay of €48,172
  6. Industry €42,682
  7. Health and Social Work  €42338
  8. Transport and Storage  €41980
  9. Construction  €40,640
  10.   The Accommodation and food services sector had average annual total earnings of €17,607, the lowest of all the sectors. 

What are the jobs with the highest hourly pay in Ireland ?

Overall the average (mean) hourly earnings of all employees in Ireland was €22.43 in 2017.

  • The Education sector recorded the highest average annual hourly earnings of €34.56 per hour (But this sector had the lowest average weekly paid hours of just 23.7. )
  • The Financial, insurance and real estate sector had average annual hourly earnings of €30.82
  • The Information and communication sector had the next highest earners, with an average of €30.12 per hour
  • The lowest average hourly pay was in the Accommodation and Food sector – at €12.55 per hour

A 2016 CSO survey looked at median earned incomes of various occupations.

These were the average earnings for the top 10 paid occupations in Ireland in 2016

  1. Doctors – €90,018
  2. Financial Managers and Directors €76,854
  3. Barristers / Solicitors / Judges €64,002
  4. Programmers + Software Developers €55,481
  5. Civil Engineers €49,844
  6. Teachers (Secondary) €49,473
  7. Accountants €46,492
  8. Teachers (Primary/Nursery) €43,803
  9. Nurses / Midwives €43,685
  10. Business Sales Executives €34,855

So – if you are looking for the highest paid jobs in the highest paid sector in Ireland you might want to aim to be a financial manager in the Financial, insurance and real estate sector .

Next best would be in a financial manager in the Information and Communication sector

 

Ireland’s Biggest Employers

Top Ten Companies in Ireland with the largest number of global employees.

Figures from 2019

1 . Amazon has 935,000 employees worldwide with about 4000 in Ireland. They plan to increase their Irish workforce to 5000 by 2022

2. Johnson Controls : Headquartered in Cork, Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and multi industrial leader serving a wide range of customers in more than 150 countries with 120,000 employees worldwide.

3. Eaton Corp  – Eaton is a power management company . Eaton has approximately 97,000 employees worldwide and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries.

4 .CRH :   CRH plc is a building materials group.  CRH employs approximately 76,000 people at 3,600 operating locations in 36 countries.

5. Medtronic : The medical device company Medtronic-Covidien became the largest Ireland-based company when it began trading on the New York Stock Exchange in 2015.   86,000 Employees €26.7 billion turnover

6. Ingersoll-Rand : Ingersoll-Rand Irish Holdings operates as a subsidiary of Ingersoll-Rand Plc. The industrial techology firm makes climate control systems. 46,000 Employees €14 billion turnover.

7.  Smurfit Kappa is one of the leading producers of paper-based packaging in the world.  The group’s headquarters are in Clonskeagh in Dublin 4 and they ahve 45,000 Employees worldwide and a  €8.9 billion turnover

8.  Kerry Group  provides food, food ingredients and flavours to the Irish and UK markets.  23,500 Employees €6.6 billion turnover

9. Shire Pharmaceuticals Ireland is involved in the research, development and marketing of prescription medicines. Its particular focus is medicines for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, human genetic therapies and gastrointestinal diseases. It employs 22,000  and has a €12.4 billion turnover

10.  Experian plc is a global information services group with operations in 40 countries, with corporate headquarters in Dublin, Republic of Ireland.
17,000 Employees €3.9 billion turnover

11. Allergan  , headquartered in Dublin.
16,900 Employees €14.1 billion turnover

12.  Tesco’s selling fresh food, groceries and household products, as well as clothing, books, hardware, electrical goods etc in larger stores.
14,500 Employees €2.7 billion turnover

13. Dunnes Stores  A combination of food, textiles and homewares all under one roof makes Dunnes Stores unique amongst Irish retail companies.
14,000 Employees €3.6 billion turnover

14. Ryanair – Every year Ryanair carries over 113 million passengers
13,803 Employees €7.2 billion turnover

 Figures are from 2019