Most Popular Employers in Ireland for Graduates

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.

  1. Google
  2. PWC
  3. Dept of Education (Teaching)
  4. Deloitte
  5. Jameson (Irish Distillers)
  6. Dept. of Foreign Affairs
  7. Accenture
  8. European Commission
  9. KPMG
  10. Aer Lingus
  11. Pfizer
  12. Ernst Young
  13. Boston Scientific
  14. Johnson & Johnson
  15. Bank of Ireland
  16. Abbott Ireland
  17. Diageo
  18. Lidl
  19. RTE
  20. Amazon

Google was the top choice of employer according to this latest survey. They replaced Deloitte at the top.
The Dept of Education , Aer Lingus and Johnson & Johnson all increased popularity since the previous survey. Amazon jumped from 27 to 20.

At the other end of the popularity list (so it might be easier to get a job at these companies) were :

  • ebay (172)
  • PTSB (167)
  • KBC (164)
  • AXA (160)
  • Allianz (159)
  • Vodafone (157)
  • Twitter (136)


Jobs For The Future

With the increase in technology – many jobs are rapidly becoming obsolete as they are taken over by robots or AI .

Here are some areas of work that we think will survive any rise in AI robots.

Art and Music

Although digital art and music software is capable of creating some amazing things, it still can’t deliver a finished product that will have an impact on the viewer’s memory and emotion. Graphic designers will continue to be needed, as well as songwriters, designers, and architects.

Copywriting and content creation

Robots are not brilliant at writing like a human. As the internet expands even more – there are always going to be businesses looking for professional writing services to bring traffic to their sites.
Those who can write well will also be in demand in law, politics, academia, marketing, and journalism.

Sales and customer service

Jobs that require high levels of social interaction, such as customer service, sales, and hospitality, are less likely to be automated. These roles require human communication skills and the ability to build relationships with customers. The best person to sell you a product is someone you know -especially for high-value items. Whilst many companies are shifting to more automation of their services, directing customers to a website or a phone menu, but there will always be a need for specialised staff to help customers with more complex sales or service needs.

Humanities careers

Anything role that deals with mental health and the human person, from religious ministry to behavioural therapy, will still have to be done mostly by people. Jobs that require emotional intelligence, such as counselling, social work, and teaching, are less likely to be automated. These roles require human empathy and interpersonal skills, which are difficult for robots to replicate.


Great advances have been made with robot-assisted medical procedures, but we will still need people to carry out the work of physically evaluating patients and assisting them with their unique and personal medical requirements. It will be a long time before robots will be doing surgery on their own.


Law is about language, which differentiates humans from anything else. It needs a human element of judgment and discernment that can’t be replaced by machines. So don’t expect your court system to be replaced by robots anytime soon.

Electronics and mechanical repair

Jobs that require complex physical dexterity, such as surgery, construction, and mechanics, are less likely to be automated. These roles require human skill and coordination, which are difficult for robots to replicate.


Jobs of the future that require the human mind, human creation, human dexterity, or a human body are likely to be staffed by humans until technology has advanced beyond what we can currently conceive. We simply haven’t developed an effective way to replace ourselves in much of what we do. A Wall∙E type world, where humans can float around constantly consuming pleasure while machines do all the work, is not foreseeable within our lifetimes. So if you are headed into a career in content creation, art creation, humanities, sales, medicine, law, repairs, or entertainment, there might be plenty of competition, but at least you can be sure that a robot won’t be taking your job anytime soon.


Busking Work in Ireland

Wanted: Musicians , jugglers, magicians etc – to work as Buskers – for yourself in any Irish town .
Hours to suit you – day or evening work available. Part-time or full time.

Self employed – usually paid in cash. You sort out your own tax affairs!

It is not illegal in Ireland to busk – but if you draw a big crowd the Garda (Police) might move you on for blocking the highway or causing a disturbance. Your biggest problem might be yobs annoying you or even trying to rob you,

Begging is not even against the law in Ireland (The law was changed in 2007 to make it legal) – but even if begging was against the law – buskers would usually be seen as “providing a service” and therefore not begging.

Some busking experience would be useful – but not needed.

Outgoing characters would be best – and you will need to possess your own instrument .

Are Permits Required for Busking in Ireland ?

DUBLIN : In Dublin if you want to busk you will need a Street Performance Permit (€30 per year)  or a 2 week €10 visitor permit (€10) . If you want to use amplification it will require a €60 per year extra permit or an extra €20 for a 2-week visitor permit. You can apply here

GALWAY – no permits are required but Street Performance is only permitted between the hours of 9 AM and 10 PM during winter months (Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb.March); and between the hours of 9 AM and 11 PM during spring/summer/autumn months (April, May, June, July, August, Sept. and Oct.

In Galway – a busker’s code of behaviour has been agreed which sets a maximum time of 2 hours each.

CORK – There is no need to apply to busk in Cork City and as far as we are aware there are no rules abou the times of busking.

Busking Pay – varies from 1 euro an hour to maybeas much as 100 euro an hour . It depends on where you are and how good you are and what you are doing or singing. Tourist towns are best – Dublin, Galway, Cork, Dingle, Killarney, Sligo, Clifden, Kenmare, Waterford, Dungarvan, Sligo, Donegal, Clonakilty etc

Be careful that your takings don’t get robbed though – keep taking out cash and put it somewhere safe. (That’s if you get any) .


Skills Shortages in Ireland

In Ireland, many employers say they are having difficulty hiring workers with the right skills, and some employers who plan to increase their headcount in the next quarter are struggling.

Larger organisation’s as well as those in the manufacturing and finance sectors are seeing the largest talent shortages.
In 2021 – a Grant Thornton International Business Report surveyed 5,000 mid-market businesses across 29 economies, including Ireland, in the first half of this year.

In 2021 – to help with the skills shortages – the Irish Government announced changes to the employment permits system for workers from outside the European Economic Area (EEA), The main changes include:

  • Most construction sector jobs are now eligible for a General Employment Permit
  • Quota removed for HGV driver work permits
  • 350 General Employment Permits for hospitality managers
  • Social Workers eligible for Critical Skills Employment Permit
  • Dispensing Opticians eligible for General Employment Permit
  • New General Employment Permit quotas for 1,000 Horticulture Operatives, 500 Meat Deboners, 1500 Meat Processors

Here is a list of some of the skills that are in short supply in Ireland.

If you have these skills – you should be able to get a job quite easily in Ireland .


  • Analytical chemists
  • medical scientists
  • Medical laboratory scientists
  • Biological scientists and biochemists in manufacturing


  • Design, process and quality control/assurance engineers.
  • Engineers – (mechanical,electrical,automation,validation)
  • Civil Engineers
  • Structural Engineers and Site Engineers

Electronics engineers specialising in:

  • Chip design, test engineering, or application engineering, or
  • Process automation engineering, or
  • Power generation, transmission and distribution


  • Product/project managers
  • IT analysts/engineers
  • IT technicians with foreign languages
  • Cyber Security Roles
  • Web design and development professionals
  • Programmers and software development professionals


  • Accountants with industry-specific experience (particularly in the financial sector)
  • Management consultants and business analysts specialising in big data analytics with skills in IT, data mining, modelling, and advanced maths or related and relevant specialist skills, qualifications or experience.


  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Heathcare Assistants
  • Radiographers
  • Radiation therapists
  • Vascular technologists/physiologists
  • Gastro Intestinal technologists/physiologists


  • Electricians
  • Masons
  • Roofers, Roof Tilers and Slaters
  • Plumbers and Heating and Ventilating Engineers
  • Carpenters and Joiners
  • Floorers and Wall Tilers
  • Painters and Decorators
  • Construction and Building Trades Supervisors
  • Quantity surveyors

Craft Occupations

  • Welders
  • CNC Programers

Artistic Jobs

  • Art Director in 2D or 3D animation
  • Location Designer in 2D or 3D animation, with at least one year’s experience in the role
  • Character Designer in 2D or 3D animation, with at least one year’s experience in the role
  • Prop Designer in 2D or 3D animation, with at least one year’s experience in the role
  • Animation Layout Artist in 2D or 3D animation, with at least one year’s experience in the role

Other Jobs

  • Social Worker
  • International marketing experts with required domain knowledge specialising in product strategy development and management with technical and product/service knowledge (pharmaceutical, medical devices, Software B2B, SaaS products)


5000 Census Jobs at CSO

The Central Statistics Office will be running the Irish Census in April 2022 – and will be looking for hundreds of temporary workers .

The Census 2022 date will be April  3rd 2022

Census Jobs : Field Supervisors.

(466 posts available countrywide)

Applications opened 26th August 2021 (Closed Now)

Census Enumerator Vacancies

Position: Census Enumerator (5,100 posts available countrywide)
Applications open on 25 November 2021
Applications accepted online only through the CSO website
Fixed term contract from 28 February 2022 – 6 May 2022
Work from home
Flexible hours

The job of enumerator will require you to distribute the census forms to homes in advance of the census day and then return to collect them once the census has taken place.
You’ll also be required to answer questions that people might have. Successful candidates should be available to work at different times of day and also at weekends in order to ensure that all forms are distributed and collected in person.

Hours and Pay

Remuneration will be on a fee / allowance basis. Enumerators can expect to typically earn €2,400 on average, for their work during this 10 week period, made up as follow

You can apply for and see more about the  Census Jobs Here


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 on any day of the week and will typically be expected to work 5 days out of 7. You must also be willing to work evenings 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 at Penneys 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 Penneys job applications are made online – When you have completed an online 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 the 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.