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Jobs Bulletin April

This Bulletin is part of the Government’s Year for Jobs Campaign, aimed at increasing awareness of what is being done in Ireland to create jobs & tackle unemployment.

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Useful statistics

1.91million
People now in work, an increase of 61,000 (3.3%) in Q4 2013 compared to Q4 2012

3.3%
Increase in employment rate in the last year

11.8%
Current unemployment rate (Mar 2014) down from 15.1% (Feb 2012); has dropped 21 mths in row

7.2%
Long term unemployment rate (Q4 2013), down from 8.2% last year

253,200
People unemployed (Q4 2013), from the CSO’s Quarterly National Household Survey

Jobs announcements this week

1,200 jobs identified in 11 companies nationwide…

Alexion Pharma International
Dublin (Blanchardstown)
400 jobs
US Pharmaceutical company investment of €75m in expansion of operations in Ireland creating 200 permanent and could create approx. 200 construction jobs

Ryanair Dublin
200 IT jobs to develop an improved digital platform including a new mobile app

Bio Marine Facility
Donegal
120 jobs
Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation is to develop the world’s biggest bio-marine ingredients facility in conjunction with a Norwegian science and tech company
€35m project will create 70 permanent & 50 construction jobs in Killybegs

Airbnb Dublin
Online hospitality platform launches new EU HQ offices in Dublin

AdRoll Dublin
Online advertising company, upgrading to a larger office space in June

Pepper Asset Servicing
Clare
International asset management company
Recruitment already underway in Clare (Shannon)

Kemp Technologies
Limerick
50 jobs
US software company makes software systems to manage internet traffic
Will be recruiting for software development, marketing and operational positions

Freshways
Dublin
50 jobs
Sandwich maker Freshways acquired in a management buyout from Kerry Foods
Roles in management, sales & marketing, IT, operational

HMV
Galway
25 jobs
New store, bringing to a total of 6 HMV music retailers in Ireland

Supervalu
Cork (Kinsale)
35 jobs
New SuperValu store in Kinsale has opened with creation of
35 jobs

Aldi
Waterford (Dungarvan)
20
Opening of new store in Dungarvan

JobsIreland News: www.jobsireland.ie is the Government’s job portal, run by Department of Social Protection.

  • 1,738 New positions advertised this week 24 March – 30 March
  • 21,739 New positions advertised since the start of 2014

And:

  • Future of over 700 jobs secured as Elverys as investor takes over
  • Over 400 jobs saved due to successful examinerships in 8 companies in Q1 of 2014: 191 SME and 219 SIAC jobs
  • All jobs in 14 regional papers are safe after Johnston Press is acquired by Iconic Newspapers
  • Up to 200 construction & 400 retail jobs expected via major expansion at The Square Shopping Centre (Tallaght)

Also:

  • TV3 is seeking voluntary redundancies as part of their strategy for 2015
  • Buy & Sell announces that it has ceased trading citing financial difficulties due to market shift to online

Events this week

News this week

(Click on each heading for more information)

Unemployment rate drops to 11.8%, lowest rate in 5 years (CSO)

  • Those signing on the Live Register fell by 1,800 last month, marking the 21st month of successive decline
  • On a seasonally adjusted basis, the number stood at 396,900 for March
  • Long-term unemployment is now 179,335 people; 45.8% of all claimants signing on are still over 12 months

Irish manufacturing expanded last month at its sharpest rate since April 2011.

  • Irish Purchasing Managers Index was 55.5 for March, marking 10th successive monthly expansion
  • Expectation that increased demand for Irish exports will lead to economic growth of around 2% in 2014
  • According to PMI expectations of further improvements, employers are increasing staff numbers

We’re averaging 120 start-ups per day since start of 2014

  • 10,741 new businesses and start-ups since the beginning of the year, according to Vision-net
  • This is an increase of 6% on last year, averaging 120 start-ups per day
  • 60% is made up of Professional Services, Wholesale, Retail, IT, Construction, Social & Personal
  • Vision-net noted that insolvencies, receiverships and creditors’ meetings have all fallen

Q1 Car sales were at their highest since 2008

  • Sales up 26% on last year, according to Society for Motor Industry Ireland
  • At the end of March 49,960 cars were sold as opposed to 39,466 for the same period in 2013
  • Commercial sales are also seeing a boost with van sales up 43% and truck sales up 40%

Public consultation on the future focus of the Seed & Venture Capital Scheme now open.
Deadline for your submissions is May 30, 2014

9 new routes for Shannon Airport to take-off in the coming 5 days

  • New Ryanair services will fly to Munich, Paris, Faro, Warsaw, Krakow, Nice, Poitiers, Berlin and Fuerteventura.
  • Also Aer Lingus will fly six days a week all year round to New York and twice a week to Malaga

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland fund now looking for applicants

  • €420,000 fund to be allocated to 9 business ideas, with further additional support as part of the prize
  • Closing date for entries is 28 April

Report on costs of doing business 2014 published by National Competitiveness Council

  • Report finds Ireland’s costs base has improved making Irish firms more competitive internationally
  • This is making Ireland a more attractive location for firms to base their operations
  • But…indicators show that Ireland’s relative cost competitiveness is now deteriorating & labour costs are rising
  • Business service costs are also increasing: e.g. business interest rates are 31% higher than in Eurozone

Bus Éireann & Dublin Bus are receiving applications for apprenticeships for Heavy Vehicle Mechanics

  • Application deadline: 14 April 2014

ESB apprenticeship programme now open, will help deliver their 2025 Corporate Strategy

  • Application deadline: 11 April 2014

Dream of being the innovative mind behind the tech. advancements and the global expansion of milk production?

  • Alltech to invest €725k in 5 high-calibre graduates of dairy/animal science, dairy business or veterinary medicine
  • Objective: to identify innovative formats for new nutritional technologies for dairies
  • Application deadline: 30 April

WORTH A READ: While we are talking dairy, Minister Coveney’s article new opportunities in this industry

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