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New data shows talent is returning to Ireland

New Data

A recent analysis of LinkedIn’s members' data shows that more workers are moving to Ireland than leaving the country. According to the new data, between October 2016 and October 2017 the top five countries for migrating talent coming to Ireland were;

UK – 21%
Brazil – 8%
India – 11%
Australia – 6%
Italy – 5%

For executives departing Ireland, the top five destinations were;

Switzerland - 22%
Germany - 17%
Canada - 15%
Malta - 10% 
Poland - 4%

The overall top five sectors for attracting talent to Ireland were; Technology/software Healthcare/pharmaceutical HR/recruitment Financial services/insurance Architecture/engineering.

More than 900 software companies based in Ireland continue to be a lure for tech professionals.


According to Sharon McCooey, LinkedIn Ireland site leader and senior director of international operations; “This is a trend that we expect to continue, given that we will soon be the only English-speaking member of the European Union. There’s no surprise that the software industry remains the biggest lure for skilled workers moving to Ireland, underlining the glowing reputation of the indigenous firms and multinationals operating here.”

What’s causing the return of talent to Ireland?

One thing is for sure, they're definitely not coming here for the weather. The return of talent to Ireland may be the effect of both Brexit and the country's economic recovery.  According to Sharon McCooey; “The flow of talent between the UK and Ireland has long been significant but this year, the combined forces of uncertainty in the UK and our continued recovery in Ireland, led by strong growth in Dublin, sees us welcome more British resident workers to Ireland than the reverse.” Ireland's already skilled workforce is growing in size and talent. This growth further strengthens the country's position as a place to do business and is clear evidence of a growing economy.

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