US multinationals have over 1,400 job vacancies in Ireland
US multinationals operating here have over 1,400 job vacancies, the results of a new survey show.
The jobs, details of which were released at the American Chamber of Commerce’s annual Independence Day Lunch, are available in 100 companies in roles like engineering, sales and customer support and R&D.
A survey of 100 multinationals showed that 75pc are currently advertising vacant positions while 69pc are filling vacancies within three months.
Peter Keegan, President of the American Chamber said; “The results of our annual survey are encouraging and point to continued confidence in the multinational sector which has maintained and grown net employment during the current recession.
“The quality of Irish graduates is widely recognised and the availability of a skilled workforce is critical to the continued attraction of Ireland as a location for US companies.”
According to the American Chamber of Commerce, 115,000 people are directly employed in over 700 US firms in Ireland accounting for over 70pc of all IDA supported employment.
This survey, if accurate, raises the question: why is there such a drastic need for the huge numbers of young Irish to emigrate other than many of them view emigration as an “adventure”. Unfortunately, most of those who leave, do so on short term visitors visas and finish up overstaying their visas and lapse into illegal status which carries very severe consequences. Why would they not fill some of these vacancies at home and, if they still have a burning desire to emigrate, they could “bide their time” until immigration regulations in the country of their choice become more flexible and welcoming to prospective new legal permanent residents. According to this survey, it would appear that the old story about no work available in Ireland seems to no longer be the case.
Jack Meehan, Past National President
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