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 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.

 

Galway Races Jobs 2019

Jobs at the Galway Races 2019

As usual – Lydon House Catering will be looking for temporary  staff to work at the Galway Races which take place this year  from Monday 29th  July to  Sunday 4th August 2019.

They will be 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 an online application form    and send it to the appropriate department:

email Catering & Waiting Staff Applications to: recruitment@lydonhousecatering.com

email Bar Applications to: barstaff@lydonhousecatering.com

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.

 

 

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

 

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.


These are the Top Twenty most popular graduate employers in Ireland (2018/2019)

  1. Google
  2. PWC
  3. Dept of Education (Teaching)
  4. Deloitte
  5. Jameson (Irish Distillers)
  6. Dept. of Foreign Affairs
  7. Accenture
  8. European Commisson
  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)




 

Job Vacancies at Facebook Ireland

Facebook have their EU HQ office in Dublin – and they always seem to have plenty of job vacancies in Dublin. There were almost 160  job vacancies listed when we last checked  – in areas such as Operations, Communications , Finance and  Recruitment.
Facebook say their  mission is to”give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. ”

They have  5  values that help achieve their mission : …

1. Be Bold: Building great things means taking risks.  Facebook say that they encourage everyone to make bold decisions, even if that means being wrong some of the time.

2. Focus on Impact:  Facebook say that for a company to have the biggest impact,  they  need to focus on solving the most important problems.  . Facebook employees are expected  to be good at finding the biggest problems to work on.

3. Move Fast: Moving fast enables us to build more things and learn faster.

4. Be Open: Facebook say they believe that a more open world is a better world.  Informed people make better decisions and have a greater impact.

5. Build Social Value:  Facebook say they are there to  make the world more open and connected.  Employees are expected  to focus every day on how to build real value for the world in everything they do.

There are reports that many IT and high tech  companies in Ireland are still finding it hard to fill vacancies because of a lack of suitably qualified candidates. This differs to the message that our politicians keep telling us – that Ireland has  a well educated workforce.  The truth is that there is still a lack of IT teaching and up to date equipment in many schools in Ireland . Also the uptake of foreign languages in Ireland is very low – and many of the jobs at places like Facebook require a language other than English  .

Here are the current Facebook Jobs in Dublin are you qualified ?

 

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

 

 

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