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Working in Computers & ICT places you on the frontier of society, as a result it attracts innovators and those who love working with computers. The tech sector is dynamic and vibrant, but it can be demanding with the most appealing jobs requiring high skill levels in coding, hardware and data analysis. Tech companies often have informal work cultures but demand hard work and dedication in return. With technology driving change throughout society computer skills are now essential assets in any career.

Skills

    data analysis & statistics, problem solving, technology, manufacturing, research & development, maths, programming, electronics, using computers, critical thinking, problem solving, design, quality control, education & training, communication,

Key Facts

8
of the top 10 software companies are based in Ireland
4830
number of computing and electrical/electronic engineering graduates targeted for 2022
72,864
forecast job openings for qualified ICT
professionals between 2018-2022
37,000
employed in ICT companies

Labour Market Information

The ICT sector is thriving and continues to experience skills shortages. The developments outlined here drive demand for a wide range of cross-sector ICT skills, in particular:

  • Electronics engineers with strong core engineering skills to work as chip designers, test engineers, and application engineers
  • Research and Development skills to align the requirements of industry sectors such as automotive, healthcare and energy, with the changing ICT landscape

Reports consistently highlight difficulties in finding the right talent for the thousands of ICT vacancies in the sector, and the need for more students to undertake IT-related college programmes. Employers are interested in applicants who can display a wide range of transferable skills including flexibility, adaptability and motivation.

Computer science is in demand not just by technology companies, but by all companies whose success in the digital age increasingly relies on technological innovation, and across all departments within these companies, including operations, marketing, finance, and research.

Ireland’s ICT Skills Action Plan forecasts the demand for IT skills to be strong as organisations migrate to increasingly sophisticated online and/or cloud platforms. To meet this demand it is planning:

  • an expansion of the number of from graduates from computing and electrical/electronic engineering courses in higher education from 4,220 to 4,830 by 2022.
  • High level ICT apprenticeships are planned to provide people with a broader range of training options.
  • An ICT reskilling pathway which will offer a step forward to 2,750 people between 2018 and 2022.

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