Poll: Would you encourage overseas workers to move to Ireland?

A UK jobs fair is trying to tempt talented tech staff to these shores.

By Conor McMahon Reporter, Fora

A NEW JOBS fair showcasing tech job opportunities in Ireland will take place in London early next year, when major indigenous and multinational employers will be trying to lure staff to the Emerald Isle.

In advance of the 404 London summit – which is backed by the state-supported Tech Life Ireland initiative - Fora spoke to a number of exhibitors about what it’s like pitching Ireland to UK workers.

Unsurprisingly, housing and the rental crisis were the main topics that employers tend to avoid when they’re trying to entice talented staff to these shores.

Tom Shaw, an engineer at software firm Demonware, said he doesn’t mention the cost of living when chatting to potential hires – instead recommending they speak to people already working here for advice.

However, there are factors working in Ireland’s favour. For example, Dublin is often pitched as offering a much more relaxed lifestyle than larger cities like London.

There is also a steady stream of conferences and networking events in the capital, with the country’s “meet-up scene” and the resulting opportunities for professional growth identified as major pluses.

With that in mind, we’re asking Fora readers this week: Would you encourage overseas workers to move to Ireland?