High-tech companies in the West and Mid-West of the country are hiring and have at least 60 jobs currently available across a range of roles, with up to 100 expected to be on offer before the end of the year. Some companies are hiring multiple developers or IT analysts and recruitment experts say the rate of new ICT roles are increasing each month.
TechWest 2016, which was launched in the PorterShed in Galway City’s Innovation District today (Monday), is an event to be held in Dublin that will showcase the jobs on offer in the West and Mid-West regions and outline the benefits to those thinking of making the move from Dublin.
“We envisage that the jobs on offer in these regions will grow closer to 90 – 100 jobs available by the end of the year. Companies already based here are expanding their IT teams and a number of potential start-ups are looking favourably on these regions for investment,” said Michelle Murphy, Director of Recruitment and HR Services Group Collins McNicholas.
“Counties like Galway, Limerick, Mayo and Clare are seeing a height of activity in the ICT sector and you can now find your perfect career opportunity whilst experiencing a better quality of life by moving to the West or Mid-West,” she added.
Organised by Collins McNicholas — the only national recruitment company headquartered outside Dublin — this free event will be held at the Gibson Hotel in Dublin on Wednesday, October 26, starting at 5pm. The event is being run in conjunction with the Western Development Commission. Opportunities
The aim of TechWest 2016 is to target people who are open to moving to work in the West and Mid-West and outline the opportunities available to them.
The event will feature a range of speakers including owners of companies looking to hire, people who have set up successful businesses in the regions as well as individuals who have made the move already. They include John Gleeson of General Motors and Martina Power, Vice President at ACI Worldwide, both based in Limerick. One of the companies attending will be Altocloud, which was co-founded by Dragons Den’s Barry O’Sullivan and has 15 staff in Galway and another four in California.
Speaking at the launch, co-founder and CTO Joe Smyth says the company is planning to increase staff numbers by 20 per cent next year, divided 60/40 between R&D and sales.
“There is a great technology cluster here in Galway city and county where many companies are doing very interesting things in the R&D space. In fact, since the 1970s, Galway has been a place which attracts high-tech companies, in both IT and MedTech,” says Joe Smyth.
“There is complemented by a vibrant start-up community and the very attractive lifestyle and culture of Galway. We would love to find people from a range of skills who would like to settle back into the Galway area.”'Ideal Environment'
MC for the night is Samantha McCaughren, Business Editor of the Sunday Independent
. Other speakers include representatives from support organisations such as the IDA, Enterprise Ireland, the WDC and Galway’s Portershed & Innovation District.
Gillian Buckley, Investment Manager of the WDC, said: “The West of Ireland is an ideal environment for young technology companies with strong growth potential and job opportunities. It offers strong networks, connectivity and a dynamic start-up environment where you can have a quality of life second to none.
“The opportunities in terms of work space, funding sources, shared learning and collaboration coupled with the wonderful lifestyle, accessibility and living costs makes the West the perfect place to achieve your work/life balance.”
Collins McNicholas experts will also run a CV Clinic where attendees can get their CV assessed and be matched with potential job opportunities. TechWest 2016 will close with networking opportunities as well as beer and whiskey tasting and artisan food sampling.