Irish tech sector most popular with foreign talent, says LinkedIn

Originally posted on TechCentral on August 11, 2015 Software and hardware sectors take first and third places in top five for second quarter of 2015 Data released by LinkedIn today shows a net increase of 20% in the number of professionals coming to Ireland in the second quarter of 2015, with technology sector (divided into software and hardware) proving the biggest draw. Software and hardware occupied first and third places in the top five most attractive sectors to work in. Second place went to professional services, while healthcare & pharmaceuticals, and retail & consumer products rounded out the top five. Italy was the biggest net contributor of professionals to Ireland in the quarter accounting for 16% of arrivals, reflecting wider migration trend of Italian professionals to west and northern Europe. The only other EU country in the top five was France in third place with 13%. Latin America (14%), Asia (8%) and Eastern Europe/Balkans (8%) made up the rest of the list. In contrast the industries losing the most professionals in Ireland were in the financial services & insurance, architecture & engineering and manufacturing & industrial sectors. The countries that attracted the most talent from Ireland were the UK, United Arab Emirates, Germany and Saudi Arabia. Commenting on the data, LinkedIn senior director of international operations Sharon McCooey said: “According to our data, there’s an increased demand for talent in the Irish economy illustrated by the number of professionals moving to Ireland to take up positions, particularly in the technology sector. This reflects Ireland’s popularity as a place to do business, and the economic turnaround, which has seen more firms increase their headcount.” LinkedIn boasts 380 million members worldwide, including 1 million Irish members. Read more: