Irish web skills are still poor, says recruiter
Despite the huge growth in digital business here, the continued lack of local skills is holding back expansion, according to the leading specialist recruitment company that works with this sector.
Gary Mullan of Prosperity Recruitment said the company was finding it very hard to fill the roles on its books.
"We currently have several hundred roles we are struggling to fill, while the American multinationals that Ireland has done so well to attract have more than 2,500 urgent vacancies and by some estimates there are more than 5,000 current job vacancies across the entire web sector in Ireland."
"We do find it very sad that while young people are forced to emigrate we are having to look abroad to source the candidates with the necessary digital media and web development skills," Mullan said.
Mullan believes school children need to learn web coding languages, as a start.
Also, with so many multinationals needing people with a second language, he believes applied language skills should be taught, not language as an arts subject.
"Until such time as our educational system catches up with demand, we might look at providing visas to graduates of any of the world’s top 250 technological universities; and also allow any graduate of an Irish University technology programme to stay in Ireland after graduation if they are able to find work in the technology sector."
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