Canada looks for Irish workers to fill menial jobs

In echoes of our emigration history, countries like Canada are crying out for the Irish to work as chambermaids, drivers, and warehouse staff.

Migration agencies say they have been inundated with calls from Canadian employers in recent months looking for the 5,350 Irish people under the age of 36 who had their working holiday visas granted this year.

While it was said during the boom years that people came to Ireland to do the jobs the Irish would not do, it seems Irish people are now being sought out to work as chambermaids and drivers, as well as ground workers, warehouse operatives, and diesel mechanics.

Visafirst.com manager Edwina Shanahan said that with the last of the visas issued this week, these chosen candidates are in a strong position to line up work before they even leave the country.

“This working holiday visa gives the bearer the right to work and travel in Canada for up to one year. From our experience most travellers would prefer to have a job secured before they travel so that they don’t waste any time and money once they get there looking for work,” she said.

“We would estimate that approximately half of those who were granted the visas, maybe 2,000-2,500 people have not yet left the country on their trip, some people have not even booked their flights. It’s to these people we are speaking because we are confident that we could secure employment for approximately 80% of this group.”

In terms of pay and living conditions in Canada, employers are offering some notable perks.

For example, some Canadian employers are offering to pay flights and visas for applicants to secure good workers, and schooling fees are paid for those on temporary resident visas.

Due to the older age profile of those travelling for work overseas, many applicants are travelling solo and returning home at intervals, so Canada has become more of a viable option as it is nearer to home.

According to Visafirst, employers see the benefit in such perks, in that they will have dedicated employees when they are on site, safe in the knowledge they can then go home to their family for a break and come back refreshed and ready for work.

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