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Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.

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Source: National Skills Bulletin

About

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, negotiation, managing people,

Key Facts

8.7
billion worth of the tourism industry in 2017
25,000
new jobs in Irish tourism since 2015
5%
growth in holiday visitors
1.9
billion euro in revenue generated by domestic tourism

Labour Market Information

Approximately 154,700 persons (56% female) were employed in Tourism and Hospitality occupations, representing 7.0% of the national workforce. The accommodation and food services sector, for which the majority of employment in these occupations occurs, has experienced significant growth in recent years.

However, job churn is also a significant factor for these occupations, with over 50,000 recent job hires occurring in 2017 for these occupations. The strongest rate of employment growth was observed for waiters & waitresses (9.2%) during the last 5 years.

Employment growth was high for Chefs and Cooks; while chefs are employed across a variety of sectors, issues in attracting chefs relate to the hospitality sector. Employment permits have been expanded to allow for certain chef occupations. There is also evidence of issues with retention for entry level chefs. There has been a substantial increase in supply in recent years (+80% compared to 2012) but this has not been sufficient to offset demand.

As a result there continues to be a shortage of Executive chefs, Head chefs, Sous chefs and Chefs de partie.

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