The recent 2017 Abrivia Salary Survey asked ICT employees who are not originally from Ireland what was the main determining factor in them deciding to come to Ireland. An overwhelming majority (25%), cited career advancement opportunities as the number one reason to come to Ireland.
This is followed by 19% of respondents who cited “friends and family” as the main reason for relocating here. In joint third place came work-life balance (18%) and salary prospects (18%). Sectoral growth prospects were cited as a determining factor by a mere 9% of respondents.
With regard to the breakdown of overall respondents in the it sector, 70% were Irish, 5% from the UK, 15% from the rest of the EU (non-UK), 5% from Asia-Pacific,4% from the Americas and 0.5% from MENA and 0.5% from Africa. In essence, 30% of overall ICT respondents answered this question, which represents a healthy sample of the Irish ICT sector.
“With Ireland being the second largest exporter of computer and IT services in the world, with 9 out of 10 global software companies based in Ireland, it is of little surprise that career advancement opportunities are cited by the biggest number of ICT people as the number one reason in framing their decision to move to Ireland. What may surprise many employers in the Irish ICT sector is the importance of friends and family in the decision-making process. As the saying goes “birds of a feather flock together”, so the power of referrals is particularly potent in the Irish ICT market in regards attracting top-calibre ICT talent to the Emerald Isle.”
Andrew Meehan – Manager of Technology Services
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