Careers 2017: Opportunities for Ireland’s diaspora to return in 2017

Morgan McKinley Global professional recruitment consultancy

In the coming week, many of Ireland’s diaspora will return home for the Christmas break to visit family and friends.

For some of those returning there will be discussions around the possibility of making the move home more permanent.

While some might be concerned about access to housing, schools, and levels of personal taxation, seeing these as barriers to making the move, at Morgan McKinley we are seeing more and more opportunities for those wishing to return to work and live in Ireland.

2016 has been a year of great political change both at home and abroad, but it is true that with great change comes great opportunity. Brexit, as predicted, is already influencing hiring forecasts and the skills sets required by employers — but in a positive way.

Morgan McKinley’s recent employment monitor noted that in legal, accounting, and professional services there is a ramping up of activity as companies prepare to work with organisations which may be facing regulatory and legal change post Brexit.

In the wake of Brexit, many companies in the indigenous sector are seeking to reduce their reliance on the UK market.

They are now focused on diversifying into new markets and attracting global customers.

Professionals who have digital skills and who have international experience are highly prized by these fast growing companies where digital marketing is critical to their expansion plans.

These skills have long been desired by multinational employers in Ireland and that they are now also being sought by Irish companies means more choice in terms of the type of jobs available and a wider spread of job locations for those wanting to return to Ireland but not wishing to relocate to Dublin.

The continued success of IDA Ireland in attracting foreign direct investment to Ireland is creating some fantastic job opportunities.

A feature of the 2016 announcements has been the spread of investment across the regions. As a result, the opportunities for those returning to Ireland are no longer confined to major urban areas.

The continued growth of research and development activity within the engineering, pharmaceutical, and technology sectors is also helping to drive recruitment in these areas and we expect this to continue throughout 2017.

For anyone coming home this Christmas and wanting to explore the opportunities to make the move permanent, make an appointment to meet with a specialist recruitment consultancy such as Morgan McKinley while you are home.

A lot of hiring managers will be putting a business plan in place for the coming year and considering their hiring budgets and needs for 2017.

It’s a great time to get yourself on their radar before the many other candidates come the new year.

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