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

 

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