The Irish IT industry has been a long way from its peak, but now there are plenty of new jobs to be had.
The Irish IT sector employs around 11,000 people in the UK, according to the latest official figures.
The industry employs nearly 1,000 graduates a year, but the unemployment rate is currently 5.6% and a third of graduates are looking for work elsewhere.
In the UK as a whole, the unemployment rates are 3.5%, the UK Government’s jobless rate is 11.2%, and the UK’s IT sector unemployment rate of 3.6%.
Ireland has long had a high unemployment rate, but this is the first time the industry has fallen below the UK government’s 5.5% target.
There are some bright spots in the Irish IT world, though.
There are a lot of talented people in IT.
There’s a lot more money in IT, and there’s an influx of young graduates.
There’s a strong talent pool.
There is also a good amount of money to be made in IT and the industry is well-capitalised.
There will always be some people who say the industry needs to change and improve, but that’s not the case.
I think we have to find a way of changing and improving.