Irish Emigrants - Homeward Bound!
As a Canadian who decided to ‘go against the grain’ and immigrate to Ireland last year, I must admit that I was more than a little apprehensive about the move. I knew that I was leaving a country that Irish people were desperately trying to get into, and the general impression amongst my family and friends was that this was pretty risky business. ‘There are no job opportunities in Ireland!’ But is this universally true?
All anyone in Toronto, Canadian and Irish alike, ever seemed to talk about when talking about Ireland, was the colossal collapse in the Irish economy. For me it’s a pity that nobody ever steered the conversation away from the despair and towards the turnaround from the recession. The Irish economy has started to stabilize, on account of the three-year rescue programme it sought in late 2010. According to The Independent, house prices rose last year for the first time since 2007, International buyers are buying Irish bonds again, and employment has seen its fourth quarterly straight increase, most recently rising 3.2% in the third quarter from 2013.
Furthermore, according to the Morgan McKinley monthly employment monitor the number of new professional job vacancies rose 4% in February compared with the same period in 2013. According to the Irish Times, the exporting sector remains strong, and there is a well-known shortage of skilled workers in biopharmaceutical and pharmaceutical engineering, IT, international financial services, and multilingual roles.
In fact, right now there are plenty of opportunities in all of these areas that could well be filled by Irish emigrants sunning on Bondi Beach or skiing the slopes of Whistler. Perhaps this is why over 100,000 Irish emigrants have returned home since 2008, after spending a year or two abroad in places like Canada and Australia. And the good news is that Irish people returning home bring added value, earning 7% more on average than their similarly qualified peers who never emigrated. According to migration researcher Caoimhe O’Hara at University College Cork, it is no surprise that while the Irish 'love to travel and see the world…this is coupled with a desire to return home', to settle down and raise their families.
So perhaps you are an Irish emigrant contemplating a move back home? If so, please speak with one of our consultants who may be able to find the perfect job for you!
And for those of you who may be contemplating a work abroad visa, you might not need to fly half way around the globe to find your dream job. It may be right under your nose, here in the Emerald Isle. After all, there’s no place like home! Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh!