Employment growth in Ireland

The number of people in employment in Ireland in Q2 2018  increased by 3.4% in the year to June 2018 . The total in employment stands at 2,255,000. The Central Statistics Office say there are just 144,300 unemployed and that 1,448,900 are not in the labour force.

The employment rate in Ireland is  67.9%  – for comparison . The employment rate in the EU-28 is  67.8%.  (Q1 2018)

According to the government – this is the highest level of employment ever within the State.  The biggest job increases  were in construction and accommodation and food.

There have now been 24 consecutive quarters of employment growth and unemployment continues to fall, with the unemployment rate reaching 5.9 per cent in July 2018. The unadjusted unemployment rate among the EU-28 countries in the first quarter of 2018 was 7.4%, while the comparable rate in Ireland was 5.7%

Long term unemployed in Ireland make up 34% of the total unemployed.
But – there is still high youth unemployment rate, which is at 15.4 per cent.

The total population of Ireland stood at 4.857 million in July 2018

 

 

Working at Penneys at Christmas

Penneys is one of the big chains that take on a lot of staff to cope with the Christmas shopping period from late October to December or early January.

Penneys Christmas staff  will need to be available to work any day of the week and will be expected to work 5 days out of 7. You must also be willing to work every evening Monday to Saturday

The Christmas staff usually cover the busy periods – so the shifts might only be 4 hours per day. The most common shifts are between 4pm to 11pm and work will usually involve stocking and keeping things tidy (which can be a big job in a Penneys store).
Christmas staff duties will include keeping your section tidy (folding and sorting clothes ) and helping customers. You might also operate the tills when needed.
Pay will be close to the minimum wage.

There are usually Christmas vacancies in Dublin, Cork. Galway , and other major towns.

You can find all Penneys Irish jobs  here

All job applications are made online – When you have completed an application you will receive an email  within 48 hours to confirm that Penneys have received your application . The store or area that you have applied to is able to see your details and the role that you have applied for on their  system. If you’re unsuccessful you’ll receive an email to tell you as soon as possible. If you have applied to a store and have not received a response within 28 days, you should contact the store directly to follow up your application.

 

Software Engineering Jobs in Athlone

Neueda Technologies have announced they will be establishing a Software Engineering Hub in Athlone, creating over 200 jobs over the next 4 years.

Neueda Technologies was established in 2006 and is a provider of business and technical training programmes, application development services and IT consulting service. Their current HQ is in Belfast and they have a second site in Latvia

The new roles are mainly for  experienced  Java software developers, cloud engineers and agile practitioners.

See current Jobs here

 

 

 

 

 

Employment Figures Looking Good

The  Central Statistics Office (CSO) in Ireland released some figures from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) from Q1 2018.  from the beginning of Q3 2017.

The figures show that in the first 3 months of 2018, ther were  2,220,500 people in employment, up 2.9% or 62,100 from the same quarter in 2017. When adjusted for seasonal factors, employment increased by 0.7% or 15,700 from Q4 2017.

There were 132,900 people unemployed in Q1 2018 and this was down 18.6% or 30,500 from Q1 2017. When seasonally adjusted, the unemployment rate fell from 6.4% to 5.8% over the quarter, while the seasonally adjusted number of persons unemployed was 137,300.

Long term unemployment, which refers to those persons unemployed for one year or more, accounted for 37.7% of total unemployment in Q1 2018.

The total number of persons in the labour force is now 2,353,400, up 1.4% or 31,700 from Q1 2017. The number of persons not in the labour force is 1,470,500 which is up 1.1% or 16,400 from a year earlier .

 

IT Jobs with Mastercard Ireland

Mastercard is a globally known  technology company behind the world’s fastest payments processing network.
Thay have a base in Dublin which they are planning to expand in the coming months. Mastercard’s Leopardstown office, with 380 staff, is the global headquarters of Mastercard Labs, the company’s research and development arm.

Back in April Mastercard announced it will be hiring 175 new employees in Dublin in roles that include:

  • software engineers,
  • blockchain specialists,
  • data scientists,
  • project managers,
  • analysts,
  • product designers,
  • cloud infrastructure specialists
  • information security experts

 

The types of technology they require knowlege of include :

Java and Spring – preferably Spring Boot, Spring Cloud.
Postgres, Oracle, MySQL.
• Web development like React, AngularJS, HTML5
Swagger and familiar with Docker an advantage.

VMWare ESX/vCloud, AmazonAWS, CloudStack, OpenStack, Azure, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, Pivotal Cloud Foundary

 

Mastercard has taken on more space at its Mountainview headquarters in Leopardstown and has signed a lease until 2026, to accommodate growing numbers of staff.

 

You can find current Mastercard Jobs Here

 

Places for Apprentices at Bus Eireann 2018

Applications for Bus Eireann apprenticeships are being accepted from March 1st 2018 to March 24th 2018.

These apprenticeships  are for Heavy Vehicle Mechanics and are open to both female and male candidates.
Locations will be one of the following –   Athlone, Ballina, Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Longford, Sligo, Stranorlar, Thurles, Tralee, Waterford

Bus Eireann apprentices are trained to the highest possible technical standards and acquire the ability to maintain the various systems associated with modern public service vehicles. This includes training on the various day to day repairs and preventative maintenance tasks, in addition to vehicle diagnostics/fault finding .

On successful completion of this Heavy Vehicle Mechanics apprenticeship, the apprentice is awarded a QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate Craft – Heavy Vehicle Mechanics.

During your apprenticeship you will also be trained for a category D driving licence.


During the on the job training phase of your apprenticeship you will be paid by Bus Éireann.
Year 1: €200.32 weekly
Year 2: €300.48
Year 3: €434.03
Year 4: €534.19

While attending the off the job training phase of your apprenticeship you will be paid a training allowance by SOLAS
(details of which will be provided by SOLAS).
Further information on apprenticeships is available on www.aprenticeship.ie


EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:
Candidates must have obtained the following minimum standards at the time of applying.

Grade C or higher at Ordinary Level in the Junior Certificate (or equivalent) in one sitting in the following subjects:

Irish or English
Mathematics
Science Subject (Technology, Art, Craft & Design, Technical Graphics, Materials Technology (Wood), Home Economics or Metalwork).
Any two other subjects
(Grade D or higher on higher level papers is acceptable).

OR

Grade D or higher at Ordinary Level in the

Leaving Certificate

(or equivalent) in one sitting in the following subjects:

Irish or English
Mathematics
Science Subject (Agricultural Science, Applied Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physics and Chemistry.)
Any two other subjects.
If you have not obtained the required grade in any of the above Science subjects, the following is acceptable at Leaving Certificate Level:
Art, Construction Studies, Design and Communication Graphics, Engineering, Home Economics, and Technology.

Apply Here

 

Marks and Spencer Graduate Jobs in Ireland

Marks and Spencer : Graduate Training – Jobs in Ireland

M&S regularly  offer positions for graduates in Ireland. The 2018 applications for  Retail Management in the  Republic of Ireland program is currently open for positions starting in April 2018

The program consits of  9-12 months training on the job, working at the frontline of retail . You’ll be hands-on in different store areas including Food, Clothes, Home and Store Operations. You’ll also spend time with HR learning about  people policies.

 

Type of applicants M&S want

M&S are looking for someone who is a “people person” , analytical and calm under pressure, They like people with the ability to think on their feet , who can  spot where improvements can be made and have the confidence and determination to make them happen.

Application is online – where you have to take some online screening tests

M&S Ireland Graduate Schemes

 

Wetherspoons Pubs – Jobs in Dublin

UK cut price pub company JD Wetherspoons have already opened some pubs in Ireland and have big expansion plans . They recently announced a new pub and hotel on Camden St in Dublin with 200 jobs – opening probably in 2019.

At Wetherspoon they have this thing of calling staff  ‘Associates’ – which is becoming more common in many companies.
They say that all the  associates will have the opportunity to progress through an award winning training programme, whether you want to work behind the bar, in the kitchen, front of house on the floor or as a cleaner – you can all expect the same great career path

Wetherspoons say that applicants don’t need to have any previous experience as they  will train you on every part of the role, you just need to be friendly and sociable and have a really positive attitude to succeed with them . And regardless of whether you want to work full time or part time you will receive the same  training.

You will also receive regular reviews and updates on your performance and training and this will form part of your training sign off as an associate.

Wetherspoons Jobs Site

 

Living Wage in Ireland

In Ireland there is a legal Minimum Hourly Wage – which all employers must adhere to. You can see details of the current Minimum Wage in Ireland

There is also a voluntary Living Wage rate – which is being pushed by Unions and other organisations. No one is obliged to pay the Living Wage (yet)

The current Living Wage is €11.70 per hour (Compared to legal Minimum wage of €9.55 per hour )

Ireland’s largest unions have been pushing for the  living wage of €11.70 per hour to replace the current minimum wage, which was increased to €9.55 at the start of the year.

A small amount of employers already pay at least the Living Wage in Ireland – these include Aldi . Ikea and  SSE Airtricity.

The concept of a Living Wage is based working out how what is an adequate income to enable individuals to afford a socially acceptable standard of living.  A  living wage which provides for needs not wants . It is based on figures from  Budget Standards research which establishes the cost of a Minimum Essential Standard of Living in Ireland .
Earnings below the living wage suggest employees are forced to do without certain essentials so they can make ends-meet.

The Living Wage Technical Group was established in 2014 and worked to establish a methodology for calculating the Republic of Ireland Living Wage.

The current members of the group are:

Dr Michéal Collins, UCD
Dr Seán Healy, Social Justice Ireland
Dr Bernadette Mac Mahon, Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice
Dr Nat O’Connor, Ulster University
Michael Taft, UNITE the Union
Robert Thornton, Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice

 

IBec’s  chief executive, Danny McCoy, said that while companies should provide a fair wage to employees, the concept of a living wage is flawed.

 

Smyths Christmas Jobs in Ireland


Christmas is the busiest time of year for toy shops –  and Smyths Toys Superstores are the biggest toy retailer in Ireland
Smyths will usuallly be looking for temporary  Seasonal Sales Assistants  before Christmas.

You will need to be , flexible with the hours and days that you are willing to  work  – with weekend work probably a requirement.

Blanchardstown Smyths have some Christmas 2017 job vacancies – you can  find out more here on the Smyths Careers Site

Smyths also have Christmas jobs for  Night Pack Assistants  – who will  ork when the Store is closed to customers to restock and  prepare for trading the following day. Weekends are the  busiest trading days so it is likely that you will be required to work on these days.

See all Current Irish Smyths Jobs here

Uk Smyths Jobs Here