Jobs Bulletin 1 MAY (#allaboutjobs)

This Bulletin is part of the Government’s Year for Jobs Campaign, aimed at increasing awareness of what is being done in Ireland to create jobs & tackle unemployment.

On Twitter, follow @yearforjobs or hashtag any of your announcements with #allaboutjobs

Useful statistics

1.91 millionPeople now in work, an increase of 61,000 (3.3%) in Q4 2013 compared to Q4 2012

3.3% Increase in employment rate in the last year

11.7% Current unemployment rate (Apr 2014) down from 15.1% (Feb 2012); has dropped 22 months in row

7.2% Long term unemployment rate (Q4 2013), down from 8.2% last year

253,200 People unemployed (Q4 2013), from the CSO’s Quarterly National Household Survey

Jobs announcements this week

1,781 jobs identified in 13 companies in 6 counties

Sisk, Lagan Construction & Roadbridge, Galway 450

•Tuam, Ardrahan, Claregalway, Kilcolgan, Clarinbridge and Gort to be bypassed by a new €550 million motorway

Google, Dublin, (Clondalkin), 410

•350 construction jobs & 60 permanent  as Google gets go ahead to build second data centre

VoxPro, Cork, 350

•Leading exporter of multilingual business process outsourcing

Smartply, Waterford, 200

•Wood panel production facility to create 200 construction jobs during €59m 2yr expansion investment

Letterkenny IT, Donegal (Letterkenny), 115

•55 construction jobs, 60 high-end jobs

•€4.5million investment in 20,000sq ft Science Park Building

LinkedIn, Dublin, 100

•Expansion as a result of targeting additional European markets.

•Roles to be recruited in sales and customer support

BioMarin Manufacturing, Dublin, 50

•US pharmaceutical company to recruit senior accounting, finance, customer service and marketing positions

Diona Technologies, Dublin, 40

•Creates tech solutions for the global Social Security & other services mkts

•Roles to be recruited in software engineering and business support

Intercall, Cork, 35

•Teleservices & customer care company

•Roles in telemarketing, customer services & order processing

Omniplex Group, Dublin (Rathmines), 16

•Expansion due at The Swan Centre in creation of country’s largest cinema complex

Tangerine Management, Kerry, 15

•Sister company to Intercall also provides telemarketing, customer services, customer care and order processing

JobsIreland News is the Government’s job portal, run by Department of Social Protection.

1,383New positions advertised this week 21 April – 27 April

27,900New positions advertised since the start of 2014


•4,200 direct, 840 indirect construction jobs supported as a result of the Government’s Summer Works School programme

•6,000 jobs throughout Ireland and UK, as KFC to double their number of outlets in Ireland

•500 jobs for Belfast as EY (formerly Ernst & Young) to expand their services

•200 researcher positions to be supported by €47million funding for 36 projects in medical and food sectors

•Jobs boost for graduates on the way due to increased production activity of audiovisual industry in Ireland- IADT Director of National Film School, Dun Laoghaire

•260 hotel jobs saved as two Kildare Hotels receive court protection

•€64m boost for economy as Punchestown Festival hosting over 700 Irish and overseas businesses and clients

Job related events next week

Wednesday May 7, Dublin, Business Working Responsibly Mark Info Session

Thursday May 8, Dublin, Microsoft’s Youth2Work event

Thursday May 8, Cork, InterTradeIrl Regional Equity Advisory Clinic

Friday May 9, Dublin, ICT European Online Job Day

News this week

Local Enterprise Offices are now officially open for business

•Network of 31 LEOs will provide services and support to start-ups and small businesses across the country

•More services: A one-stop shop service now provided for new or expanding businesses so they can access the full-range of State supports via the LEO network

•More staff: 170 dedicated staff across the LEOs system, supplemented by a new Graduate Recruitment Programme to take place shortly and supported by a further 40 Local Authority staff

•More budget: Increased budget allocation of €3.5m (20%) in 2014

•Check out for all the information about the LEO networ

Pathways to Work 2013 review launched as CSO announces unemployment rate drops to 11.7%

•Pathways is on target: Plan has target of 75,000 long-term unemployed back to work by end of 2015– so far 45,000 have re-entered employment

•Most recent figures show youth unemployment is down by 10,000 year-on-year to 49,000 at the end of 2013

•11.7% lowest in 5 years, 3,400 people less on live register for April, lowest unemployment rate in 5 years

•Seasonally adjusted register stood at 392,700 at the end of April

New initiative launched to address broadband deficits in rural areas

•Major telecommunications fibre network build-out to rural Ireland under the National Broadband Plan

•Over 1,000 rural communities have been identified as target areas for the proposed fibre based connections

•Strong response from commercial sector has seen competitive high speed services offered to customers in urban and semi-urban areas


Call for Public Consultation Submissions on lack of equity SME funding – Department of Finance

Deadline for submissions: 30 May 2014

Tourism figures up,  as survey shows tourists spend €2.5million every day here

•7.3% increase recorded in no. of tourists visiting Ireland in the 1st quarter compared to the same period last year

•CSO figures show that UK visitors increased by 11,5%, German 13.5%, Spanish 15.5% and Italians 13.1%

•Visa Europe survey shows spending by tourists visiting Ireland is worth €2,475,321 per day to the Irish economy

•€903m spent by overseas visitors in 2013, an increase of 20% on 2012 spending

CSO: Retail Sales Volume increased by 1.7% in March 2014

•Largest increases this month were Motor Trades (+6.5%), Furniture and Lighting (+4.4%), Dept. Stores (+2.0%)

•Largest monthly decreases - Hardware, Paints & Glass (-3.5%), Non-Specialised Stores (-1.1%, Pharmaceuticals Medical & Cosmetic Articles (-1.0%)

•Value of retail sales increased by 1.4% in March 2014 and an annual increase of 6.4%

Manufacturing Index in April at highest level since February 2011

•Latest Investec Manufacturing PMI Ireland report shows acceleration in activity during April, now at 56

•First time in this current increase in the Manufacturing PMI that signs of improvement in the construction sector

•Other driver of growth was in new orders in exports, which have now expanded for ten successive months

•Anecdotal evidence suggested that the UK was a key source of new export business during the month

€35m of school summer works funding announced

•4,200 direct and 840 indirect construction jobs will be supported as a result of this government scheme

•386 schools across Ireland get €35m to undertake school roof & facility improvements this summer

•This comes in addition to announcement in March that schools were to receive €36m for gas and electrical works






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