Friday, October 14, 2011

GradIreland publish the Labour Market Information

LMI for Ireland and Northern Ireland (September 2011) from


FEXCO Business Services, who produce Ireland’s ‘Certificate of Irish Heritage’, is to create 60 jobs in Killorglin, Co Kerry. RTE 30 September
Financial services firm Japan Research Institute America is to set up a software development operation in Tralee creating 100 skilled jobs. Irish Examiner 30 September

PwC is to create 247 jobs in Northern Ireland by developing three new centres of excellence at its Belfast headquarters. Irish Times 30 September

Financial company Capita has announced more than 300 new jobs in Belfast over the next four years. The new jobs will include management and supervisory positions. Irish Times 27 September

Business information company Dun & Bradstreet is expanding its Dublin operations with the creation of 75 jobs. Positions include researchers, software developers, analysts and support staff. RTE 27 September

PwC is to recruit almost 300 new staff. 250 of these will be part of its graduate recruitment programme; another 40 are for professionally qualified people to fill ‘strategic roles’ across the company. Most of the new jobs for professionals will be in its Dublin office. Irish Independent 26 September

Audi Waterford has announced the creation of 30 new jobs over the next two years. Inside Ireland 21 September

Saltworks are looking to employ 50 drivers over the winter to salt private, residential and commercial car parks in Northern Ireland. Inside Ireland 21 September

Global outsourcing provider Arvato is to create 150 positions in its finance division in Dublin. Irish Times 21 September

Recruitment firm Sigmar is to create 50 new jobs over the next year. RTE 7 September

Deloitte is to offer 215 positions for graduates in the Dublin, Cork and Limerick offices. RTE 5 September

Galway-based outsourced sales company SalesSense International is to create 65 new posts. Irish Times 5 September


Google is to invest in a new energy efficient data centre in west Dublin. Some 200 jobs will be created with the construction of the centre. Irish Times 30 September

The latest figures from the Central Statistics Office show that on an annual basis, the Construction industry has declined by 23.4% in the second quarter of 2011 compared to the same time last year. RTE 23 September


Allied Logistics part of distribution and energy group DCC, is planning to cut its workforce by 175. Irish Times 15 September


30 jobs, including computer technicians, electrical and mechanical engineers, will be created when Google’s new data centre in Dublin is up and running. Irish Times 30 September

Dublin based AMPAC-ISP is to develop the next generation of rocket engine technologies creating 15 new jobs. Irish Examiner 29 September

Gaming company Bioware Ireland has announced a state of art customer service centre in Galway creating 200 new jobs. Irish Independent 26 September

Social networking company Twitter is to establish an international office in Dublin. The company is to begin recruiting immediately for roles in finance, user support and marketing. RTE 26 September

IT solutions provider Datapac has announced it is to open a new office in Cork creating 20 new jobs. Inside Ireland 23 September
Indian IT services company HCL Technologies is to establish a new software business in Dublin which will create 80 jobs over the next three years. Irish Times 21 September

250 jobs will be created at cloud computing firm VMware in Co Cork over the next three years. Most of the jobs will be for high value customer support and sales specialists. RTE 15 September

Fort Technologies in Dublin is to create 10 software jobs. Irish Times 2 September

Between 500 and 600 jobs are in jeopardy at Irish subsidiaries of online poker business Full Tilt after its Channel Island regulator withdrew the group’s licences. Irish Times 30 September

575 jobs are being lost in Waterford with the closure of the Talk Talk call centre. RTE 7 September


Coca-Cola opened its new manufacturing and innovation plant in Wexford, which will employ 100 people. 65 workers have already been recruited. The company also announced the expansion of its business in Drogheda, and the creation of up to 100 new positions. RTE 16 September


Up to 130 jobs are to created with the opening of a new nursing home in Dublin. Cara Care Centre is recruiting for a range of positions, including nurses, care assistants, receptionists, kitchen and housekeeping. RTE 8 September

Bluebird Care, which provides non-medical services in the home, is to create 25 jobs in Dublin. The new positions will primarily be for care staff in addition to supervisory and management roles. RTE 1 September


Biotrin, the molecular diagnostic group, has opened its new Dublin R&D centre which will see 40 new jobs created over the next few years. Inside Ireland 27 September

35 new jobs are to be created at a medical devices company CareFusion in Co Galway. RTE 1 September

Medical products company Carl Zeiss has announced it is to end manufacturing activities in Wexford with the loss of 82 jobs. RTE 30 September

Merrion Pharmaceuticals has announced plans for 20 redundancies at its Citywest headquarters. RTE 2 September
Medical devices firm Covidien in Athlone is to transfer the manufacturing line for one of its products to Thailand with losses of about 100 jobs. Irish Times 30 September


Brown Thomas is looking to hire 150 new staff over the Christmas period. The temporary positions are in various areas including sales and sales support, beauty consultants and cashiers, as well as stockroom personnel. Business & Leadership 27 September

Friday, October 7, 2011

Careers Clipboard for the week ahead

Career Talks and Seminars:

10.10.2011 Monday Employability Skills (Presented by PWC) B10A, Kane Bldg. 1.00-2.00pm Ask the Experts

11.10.2011 Tuesday Online Applications for Accountancy Roles in the Big 4 Firms (Presented by Ernst & Young) BHSC GO1 1.00-2.00pm Ask the Experts

11.10.2011 Tuesday Online Applications for Accountancy Roles in the Big 4 Firms (Presented by Deloitte) LL3 6.00-7.00pm Ask the Experts

12.10.2011 Wednesday Discovering the Right Career for you Council Room 3.00-5.00pm Career Matters

Milkrounds - Employers on Campus

Monday, 10th October 2011 Bridhaven Nursing Home 2pm BHSC_G02 Nursing

Wednesday, 12th October 2011 Ernst & Young 6pm Boole 1 All Disciplines

Wednesday, 12th October 2011 Merck Sharp & Dohme 6pm Boole 2 Process Engineering

Friday, September 30, 2011

Careers Clipboard Week of 3rd October 2011

Diary Dates for Next Week:

Milkrounds on campus
Tuesday, 4th October 2011
AL Goodbody 6pm
Boole 2 for Law Students

Wednesday, 5th October 2011  Morgan Stanley 12-2pm BHSC_G05 for Business students

Wednesday, 5th October 2011  HCA Healthcare 6pm Boole 1 for Nursing, Med Students

Thursday, 6th October 2011  Matheson Ormsby Prentice 6pm Boole 2 for Law students

Career Talks and Seminars for Next Week:
04.10.2011 Professional Communication in the Workplace
                (Presented by Baker Tilly Ryan) ORB 212 1.00-2.00pm

05.10.2011 Postgraduate Study in the US Kane G2 5.00-6.30pm

06.10.2011 Selling Your Skills at Job Interviews
                (Presented by KPMG) WW9 6.00-7.00pm

10.10.2011 Employability Skills (Presented by PWC) B10A, Kane Bldg. 1.00-2.00pm

Monday, September 26, 2011

Career Services Autumn Programme of Events

On September 15th we launched our new website here at the Careers Service.  We hope you like the new look and layout and we welcome any comments you may have (good or bad)!

We've tried to structure the website in a way which is easier to navigate - and you will be able to find our complete Autumn Programme of Events in one area. 

This year we are providing an extensive programme of events to assist with all areas of career planning and job hunting, and a comprehensive series of workshops on CV and Interview Skills. We have even re-branded ourselves to "Career Services" which incorporates the bigger picture of what we can offer to our students, graduates and employers.

A handy downloadable brochure of events will be available soon on the site but in the meantime you can print a Microsoft Word table of events in chronological order -Events Handout (16kB) .

Milkrounds (or Employer Presentations) are presentations given on campus by employers who advertise their company, their opportunities and who are recruiting students (usually final years and interns). Click here for the list of Milkrounds.

This year, the Careers Service are offering a series of employer talks, called "Ask the Experts" You will be given the chance to ask the employers in your chosen area questions which you may not otherwise have an opportunity to ask. Learn from the experts. Click here for the list of "Ask the Experts".

Insider Insights is another new exciting series of events offered by the Careers Service. Get an insight into a career that you are considering, and find out how others have made it. Click here for the list of "Insider Insights".

We are also offering you the chance to find out what to do next. Are you thinking about your career after your degree? Don't know what to do next? This is your chance to find out. Click here for our series of "Your degree, what next?"

There will be a Postgrad Study in the USA seminar on Wednesday Oct 5th, G2 Kane Building, 5.00-6.30pm. Representatives from the International Education Office, the Fulbright Commission, a Member of Staff from UCC will talk on the application process, funding/scholarships available. Students will also share their experiences of studying in the US.

Teaching Events are always on the hot list - if you have questions on Primary or Secondary Teaching, or want to find a job in the teaching profession - this set of events is for you! Click here for the list of Teaching Information sessions.

Job Search Skills (part of the Career Matters talks) is available again this year - if you need help with preparing your CV, practicing for your Interview, or finding out all about Assessment Centres etc., this is for you. Click here for the list of talks in the Job Search Skills series.

Workplace Skills (part of the Career Matters talks) - this series of events will help prepare you for the world of work. The talks will include sessions such as Business Awareness, Creative Problem Solving, and your other skills such as Negotiation, Teamwork, and Communication. Click here for the list of Workplace Skills career talks.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Employment Outlook Survey - from Manpower.

Ireland’s employment market likely to remain reserved in Quarter 4 2011 while the Pharmaceutical sector gains more momentum.
The Net Employment Outlook of 0% for Quarter 4, 2011, is the most optimistic employer forecast in 3 years; forecasts in eight of 11 industry sectors improve in year-over-year comparisons.

Dublin, Tuesday, 13th September 2011 – Manpower, the leader in contingent and permanent recruitment workforce solutions, today releases the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey which reveals that, overall, employers in Ireland expect the labour market to remain muted in the three months to the end of December. However, the seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook stands at 0% -- 3 percentage points stronger both quarter-overquarter and year-over-year – and is the most positive forecast since Quarter 3 2008. For the fourth consecutive quarter, employers in the Pharmaceuticals sector report the most optimistic hiring plans.

Employers in four of the 11 industry sectors surveyed report positive hiring intentions.

Stronger quarter-over-quarter hiring plans are reported by employers in nine of the 11 industries sectors surveyed and the Net Employment Outlook improves in eight sectors year over-year.

  • Employers in the Pharmaceutical sector report the most upbeat hiring plans of the 11 industry sectors, with an Outlook of +11%. This is 4 percentage points stronger than last quarter and represents a considerable 12 percentage point increase year-over-year.
  • Manufacturing employers report the strongest hiring prospects since Quarter 3 2008, with a Net Employment Outlook of +3%.
  • Slightly improved job prospects are predicted in both the Construction and the Public & Social sectors where Outlooks stands at +2%.
  • Finance, Insurance, Real Estate & Business Services employers report mixed signals for job seekers with a Net Employment Outlook of 0%.

“The Pharmaceutical sector continues to perform strongly which is likely to drive job creation and is positive news for job seekers in the sector. Furthermore, the survey reveals that employment opportunities could arise in the Manufacturing, Public & Social and Construction sectors” commented Krissie Davies, Manpower Ireland Managing Director. “We’re also seeing a steady number of finance roles available at the moment. The predicament for employers is that many of the candidates suitable for these roles are already engaged in fulltime employment. This may soon create some movement in the sector.”

“While the Net Employment Outlook is the most optimistic since Quarter 3 2008, the survey results also indicate that employers will remain cautious over the next three months. Business confidence seems to be improving but the operating environment remains very challenging. Flexibility, agility and a talented workforce remain crucial to navigate through the recovery,” she added.

The Outlook for the Transport, Storage & Communication sector is a sluggish -5%, however, this represents a considerable improvement of 10 percentage points compared to Quarter 3 2011. Restaurants & Hotels sector employers anticipate downbeat hiring prospects with an Outlook of -4% -- a considerable decline after the summer season of 16 percentage points year-over-year.

Regional Net Employment Outlook

Employers in three out of the five regions surveyed expect to increase or make no change to their payrolls in Quarter 4 2011. Dublin employers report positive hiring prospects with an Outlook of +4%. The Outlook improves considerably by 10 percentage points year-over-year. “Dublin employers are sending positive signals to job seekers for the quarter ahead. The Outlook for the region is up a considerable 9 percentage points quarter-over-quarter and this evolution reflects what we are experiencing across our specialist recruitment divisions. An increasing number of vacancies are becoming available—notably multilingual, business development and customer service roles,” said Davies.

“In the Munster area, employers forecast slow-paced headcount growth in Quarter 4 2011, reporting an Outlook of +1%,” she continued. “The region is an attractive location for business and this is an encouraging sign for short-term prospects.” Elsewhere, employers in Ulster (-2%) and Connaught (-4%) continue to anticipate a downbeat hiring climate for job seekers. The Outlook for Quarter 4 2011 remains unchanged
in Leinster. In the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, the survey indicates that labour market trends continue to follow the similar mixed pattern reported by employers throughout 2011, with positive hiring activity expected in 18 of 23 countries surveyed: Outlooks decline from Quarter 3 2011 in 13 countries but improve in 11 compared to one year ago. Regional hiring plans are strongest in Turkey (+20%), Israel (+16%), Bulgaria (+13%) and Norway (+13%) and weakest in Greece (-13%) and Italy (-10%) where the Outlooks decline to gloomy levels as employer optimism continues to sink.
The next Manpower Employment Outlook Survey will be released on 13th December 2011 to report hiring expectations for the first quarter of 2012. The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey is available free of charge to the public and can be downloaded from

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Hibernia College would like to announce the launch of the Higher Diploma in Arts in Post Primary Education (HDAPPE).

The HDAPPE is accredited by HETAC (the Higher Education and Training Awards Council) and approved by the Teaching Council of Ireland. The programme will be delivered over two academic years across a range of subjects.

Modelled on the Higher Diploma in Arts in Primary Education programme, the HDAPPE is aimed at degree holders who wish to train as second-level teachers. The programme will be delivered using the latest web-based learning technology and includes downloadable, multimedia-enhanced lectures, live online tutorials and access to an extensive online library. The programme’s onsite tutorials will take place during selected weekends at various locations around the country and students will also complete three blocks of school experience and professional practice.

Hibernia College is now taking applications for the autumn 2011 intake.

Additional information is located on the Hibernia College website at and you can download the application form
Alternatively, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the College on (01) 661 0168 or at

Monday, June 20, 2011

Manpower Employment Outlook Survey: Ireland’s employers expect to hold steady in the third quarter with 94% expecting no further redundancies

Hiring plans in the Pharmaceutical sector remain positive; pressure on the Construction sector appears to be easing despite ongoing challenges.

Dublin, Tuesday, 14th June 2011 - The latest Manpower Employment Outlook survey reveals that 90 percent of Irish employers surveyed expect no change in their workforce in the third quarter. Nevertheless, hiring activity is expected to remain sluggish. The survey of more than 600 Irish employers, across five regions and 11 industry sectors indicates that the overall employment climate is expected to remain downbeat in the July through September period. Of the polled employers, 4 percent anticipate increased hiring and 5 percent forecast workforce reductions. The seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook of -4% is relatively stable quarter-over-quarter and is 3 percentage points stronger compared to Quarter 3 2010.

Employers in the Pharmaceutical sector forecast the strongest hiring plans amongst the 11 industry sectors surveyed, with an encouraging Net Employment Outlook of +5%. Although the Construction sector Outlook stands at a flat 0%, this is the first time since the second quarter of 2008 that employers in the sector have not reported negative hiring intentions. The Construction sector Outlook has also climbed 33 percentage points since the bleak forecasts reported in the first quarter of 2009.

Employers in seven of the 11 industry sectors anticipate a decrease in headcount over the next quarter. The Transport, Storage & Communication sector employers report a struggling Net Employment Outlook of -10%, down 8 percentage points from last quarter. Employers in the Restaurants & Hotels sector forecast sagging hiring prospects in the next quarter, with an Outlook of -8%. Downbeat hiring intentions are reported by employers in the Finance & Business Services (-4%), Manufacturing (-4%), Wholesale & Retail Trade (-4%) and Electricity, Gas & Water (-2%) sectors.

Despite the negative numbers, the Net Employment Outlook has improved in six industry sectors quarter-over-quarter. Compared to a year ago, hiring plans are stronger in five industry sectors, notably Construction (up 12 percentage points), Mining & Quarrying (up 11 percentage points), Pharmaceutical (up 9 percentage points) and Public & Social and Agriculture, Fishing & Forestry (both up 7 percentage points).

“Organisations are coping with operational and trading challenges as they progress through the recovery. These results reflect the uncertainty and fluctuations businesses are facing,” commented Krissie Davies, Manpower Ireland Managing Director.

Employers in all five regions report negative hiring plans yet the Outlook is stronger in four of the regions both quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year. Dublin region employers indicate the weakest Outlook at -5%, which is down by 8 percentage points compared to the second quarter but is 4 percentage points stronger year-over-year. Weak hiring prospects are expected by employers in Munster (-4%), Ulster (-4%), Connaught (-2%) and Leinster (-2%). Noteworthy, the Net Employment Outlook in Connaught is 8 percentage points stronger compared to a year ago.

“We are seeing the fears which paralysed job seekers during the recession, such as last in-first out, being replaced by increased confidence and a growing number of individuals are changing jobs,” said Davies. “Networking both on and offline creates opportunities, which is what the Human Age is about for job seekers: being ready to take advantage of opportunities, to realise one’s potential and ambition.”

In the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, employers report positive hiring intentions in 17 of the 21 countries surveyed with individual Outlooks improving in 13 of 21 countries from three months ago and year-over-year. Hiring expectations are strongest in Turkey (+35%), Romania (+20), Bulgaria (+14%) and Poland (+14%). The weakest hiring intentions are reported by employers in Spain (-10%), Greece (-5%) and Italy (-5%).

The next Manpower Employment Outlook Survey will be released on 13th September 2011 to report hiring expectations for the fourth quarter of 2011. The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey is available free of charge to the public and can be downloaded from


About the Survey

An innovative workforce solutions company, ManpowerGroup releases the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey quarterly to measure employers’ intentions to increase or decrease the number of employees in their workforce during the next quarter. It is the world’s most extensive, forward-looking employment survey, polling over 63,000 employers in 39 countries and territories.

In Ireland, the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey is conducted by interviewing a representative sample of 628 Irish employers. All survey participants were asked: “How do you anticipate total employment at your location to change in the three months to the end of September 2011 as compared to the current quarter?”

The overall ‘Net Employment Outlook is calculated by taking the percentage of employers anticipating total employment to increase and subtracting from this the percentage expecting to see a decrease in employment at their location in the next quarter. This figure is then amended according to any seasonal variations in recruitment patterns as witnessed since the survey began in Ireland in 2002.

About Manpower Ireland

Manpower is the global leader in contingent and permanent recruitment workforce solutions. It is part of ManpowerGroup, the world leader in innovative workforce solutions, which creates and delivers high-impact solutions that enable clients to achieve their business goals and enhance their competitiveness.

With branches in Dublin (Harcourt Street, Dublin South and Dublin West), and Cork, Manpower has provided organisations in Ireland with a suite of staffing solutions for 37 years, working with organisations ranging from small and medium sized enterprises to multinational companies.

In the Human Age, where talent has replaced access to capital as the key competitive differentiator, Manpower Ireland leverages its trusted brand to develop a deep talent pool, providing clients with access to the people they need, fast.

Manpower Ireland creates powerful connections between organisations and the talent they need to enhance their competitiveness and unleash their workforce potential. By creating these powerful connections, we help everybody achieve more than they imagined, and power the world of work.

Learn more about how Manpower Ireland can help you win in the Human Age at

About ManpowerGroup

ManpowerGroup™ (NYSE: MAN), the world leader in innovative workforce solutions, creates and delivers high-impact solutions that enable our clients to achieve their business goals and enhance their competitiveness. With over 60 years of experience, our $19 billion company creates unique time to value through a comprehensive suite of innovative solutions that help clients win in the Human Age. These solutions cover an entire range of talent-driven needs from recruitment and assessment, training and development, and career management, to outsourcing and workforce consulting. ManpowerGroup maintains the world's largest and industry-leading network of nearly 3,900 offices in over 80 countries and territories, generating a dynamic mix of an unmatched global footprint with valuable insight and local expertise to meet the needs of its 400,000 clients per year, across all industry sectors, small and medium-sized enterprises, local, multinational and global companies. By connecting our deep understanding of human potential to the ambitions of clients, ManpowerGroup helps the organizations and individuals we serve achieve more than they imagined — because their success leads to our success. And by creating these powerful connections, we create power that drives organizations forward, accelerates personal success and builds more sustainable communities. We help power the world of work. The ManpowerGroup suite of solutions is offered through ManpowerGroup™ Solutions, Manpower®, Manpower Professional and Right Management®. Learn more about how the ManpowerGroup can help you win in the Human Age at