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Government launches new €1.9m initiative to attract tech talent to Ireland

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Government launches new €1.9m initiative to attract tech talent to Ireland

June 27
11:57 2016

downloadThe government has launched a new initiative that will see €1.9m invested into attracting top tech talent to Ireland.

Tech/Life Ireland, a new national initiative to brand Ireland as a top destination to pursue a career in technology was launched on Monday.

A goal of 3,000 technology professionals coming to the country from abroad each year will see a national marketing initiative, mainly in online realms. Initially, this will be aimed at Central and Southern Europe, as “these have been identified based on detailed analysis of talent movement”.

The initiative is funded by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation will be delivered in partnership with Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland and the tech industry.

Mary Mitchell O’Connor, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation said, “If we are to continue to win overseas investment in ICT-related jobs, and to grow the strong base of Irish-owned companies in ICT and related areas, we need to ensure that we have a sufficient supply of talent to meet the needs of enterprises,”

“The growth we are seeing in ICT employment requires us to supplement the supply of our own excellent graduates with overseas talent.  The Tech/Life Ireland campaign will not lessen the opportunities for Irish graduates, but will add to the overall diversity, knowledge base and experience in the ICT workforce.”

Ireland currently employs an estimated 80,000 people across the various ICT companies, with jobs growing consistently since around 2009.

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