Skilled for the fight

Skilled for the fight
Michael Tighe, head of marketing and communications, the Irish Computer Society

With the digital skill shortage now well known, are Irish businesses able to attract the right staff, or is the best talent vacuumed up by trendy tech giants like Facebook? Jason Walsh investigates

It’s easy to see what the problem is: in business jargon “mindshare”. As Dublin positions itself as a high-tech centre — the loss of the Web Summit notwithstanding — the best talent is attracted by the coolest companies, whether they are the social media giants or trendy start-ups. By comparison, a medium-sized Irish business, or even a large bank, may seem staid, and in an environment where skills are scarce those who have them can...

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