Western people: Jobs portal highlights new opportunities

The Western Development Commission has launched a new jobs portal aimed at attracting professionals and their families who want to make new lives in the West of Ireland.

The jobs portal Westernjobs.ie will help job seekers to find open roles across the region and assist employers in gauging the availability and depth of skills that they require.

With more and more people working remotely due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Western Development Commission (WDC) is encouraging people to make a permanent and viable move to the West where they can enjoy housing costs that are among the lowest in Ireland.

“While many people have already moved west over the last year, a significant number are considering the move west, if the right opportunity presents itself”

A tool specifically for the West of Ireland has never previously been available. Movers can avail of the many job options including remote working and hybrid options as full-time and part-time open across multiple sectors.

More to life

Research carried out by the WDC in January found that 50pc of large employers in the region were faced with a limited skills pool for open positions while 32.65pc experience difficulty finding senior staff.

“This will be the first step many will take in finding out that there is more to life on Ireland’s Atlantic Coast”

Hundreds of new jobs have been announced in the Western region in 2021 and there are currently open roles available across sectors such as ecommerce, medtech, IT and engineering.

Companies currently hiring in the West of Ireland include Boston Scientific, Cora Systems, GSK, Aran Biomedical, Abbott, Aerogen, Harmac Medical, SITA Aero, Intel, SL Controls, Frankli and Beckman Coulter.

The WDC says insights and real-time data from the site will also help officials in the future to make more informed planning and development decisions affecting the region.

The WDC recently launched a ‘More to Life’ campaign to showcase the excellent quality of life and career opportunities available to professionals who move to the region.

“Westernjobs.ie is unique in that it will allow people to signal an interest to move west,” said Western Development Commission CEO Tomás Ó Síocháin.

“Research carried out by the WDC indicates that while many people have already moved west over the last year, a significant number are considering the move west, if the right opportunity presents itself.

“As well as senior roles that are currently open, westernjobs.ie will help to attract other employers looking for talent and allow those that move the opportunity to get their next move and, more importantly to build a career.

“The WDC is supporting the transition to remote work and remote working hubs toward balanced regional development, this will be the first step many will take in finding out that there is more to life on Ireland’s Atlantic Coast,” Ó Síocháin added.

Main image at top: Karen Sweeney, Regional Communications executive, Western Development Commission, and Allan Mulrooney, head of Communications, WDC and AEC Development. Picture: James Connolly

By John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published: 27 April 2021

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