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Tourism is a big part of the Irish economy. Work in tourism is often seasonal, during the warm spring and summer months when most tourists visit Ireland. But the strength of Ireland’s tourism appeal is so great that in many areas there are roles available right around the year. Tourism supports many other sectors too, providing opportunities for businesses involved in sales, transport, restaurants and leisure.

Skills

    sales & marketing, communication, languages, teamwork, leadership, time management, adaptability, attention to detail, physical activity, customer service, social media, event organisation, developing relationships, flexibility, managing people,

Key Facts

5
billion of total gross value added in the Irish Economy 2017-18
11%
growth in overseas holiday visitors to Ireland between 2017 and 2018
10.6
million arrivals from overseas in 2018

Labour Market Information

Approximately 177,000 persons were employed in Tourism and Hospitality at the midpoint of 2018, representing 8.0% of the national workforce. The accommodation and food services sector, who's fortunes are tightly linked to Tourism and Hospitality, has experienced significant growth in recent years.

There is a lot of movement between jobs in the sector, shown by figures from the 2018 SOLAS Vacancy Overview finding that 66,000 of those employed in the sector were recent hires. The strongest rate of employment growth in the sector was observed for waiters & waitresses (9.2%) during the last 5 years, with chefs and catering assistents seeing strong demand too.

The strength of the sector is shown by many developments and accomplishments, including

  • There are now 16 Michelin Star restaurants in Ireland, a higher number than ever before.
  • Later this year the 233 million Center Parcs holiday resort will open in Longford.
  • Commis Chef and Chef de Partie Apprenticeship Programmes have been developed to help meet ballooning demand for qualified staff in the restaurant trade. there continues to be a shortage of Executive chefs, Head chefs, Sous chefs and Chefs de partie.

Career Interview Videos...

Richard Storey - Shift Manager
Posted by McDonald's

Richard Storey - Shift Manager

Fiona Uyema - Chef
Posted by Languages Connect

Fiona Uyema - Chef

Niall Gibbons - Working with Languages in Tourism
Posted by Languages Connect

Niall Gibbons - Working with Languages in Tourism

Lisa Berry - Restaurant Manager
Posted by McDonald's

Lisa Berry - Restaurant Manager

College Course Videos...

Professional Cookery  - Bray Institute of Further Education
Posted by Bray Institute of Further Education

Professional Cookery - Bray Institute of Further Education

Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism  - Institute of Technology Tralee
Posted by Institute of Technology Tralee

Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism - Institute of Technology Tralee

Culinary Arts DT407 - TU Dublin - Dublin City
Posted by TU Dublin - Dublin City

Culinary Arts DT407 - TU Dublin - Dublin City

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