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On a personal level you need to be a good team player, good communicator and organised. From a technical viewpoint a background in physical sciences or engineering is essential. A PhD in semiconductor related field would prove extremely beneficial. The opportunities are vast within a company the size of Intel so you do have the option to change career direction if needed.

Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and like commerce, trade and making deals. Some are drawn to sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or managing a section in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented, and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
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Transport & Logistics Occupations

Key points for selected transport and logistics occupations

  • In 2015, there were approximately 92,000 persons employed in transport and logistics occupations, representing 4.7% of the national workforce.
  • Two thirds of those employed (61,000 persons) were road transport operatives (predominantly large goods vehicle and taxi drivers).
  • In 2015, overall employment levels were just below the 2010 levels, but 5.6% higher than in 2014 (with almost a net 5,000 additional jobs created in the last year).
  • Between 2014 and 2015, positive employment growth rates were observed for most occupations, with the strongest rate (31.8%) for aircraft pilots, ship officers and air traffic controllers (although from a very low base).
  • In contrast, employment contracted for other drivers & transport operatives (16.3%).
  • Employment levels did not change significantly for most occupations; the most pronounced increase in absolute numbers was observed road transport operatives (particularly, large goods vehicle drivers).
  • Almost one third of all employed road transport operatives were aged 55 or older (half of all employed bus & coach drivers was in this age cohort (one of the most mature workforces nationally).
  • Overall, the education profile of those employed in the selected occupations was skewed towards lower attainment levels: almost 40% had lower secondary or less qualifications ─ compared to the national average of 15%; only 16% had third level qualifications, considerably below the national average of 48%.
  • The majority of those employed in transport occupations were male; most worked full-time
  • Approximately a quarter employed in administrative occupations in stock control, transport & distribution and as aircraft pilots, ship officers, air traffic controllers were non-Irish; the share of non-Irish in the remaining occupations was less than the national average of 15%. 


See also:

'Addressing the demand for Skills in the Freight, Transport, Distribution and Logistics Sector in Ireland 2015-2020'

 EFGSN, February 2015

Shortage Indicators

The transport sector will benefit from the economic recovery domestically and globally, as it enables the movement of goods nationally and internationally. However, the extent to which Brexit will impact on the international haulage sector is as yet unclear and, as well as uncertainty regarding the demand for Irish products in the UK (especially food & beverages), changes to customs and freight forwarding procedures may require different skills sets. However, these changes, if any, are not expected in the short-medium term.

Logistics and supply chain

In 2015, shortages of skills relevant to supply chain management were identified; these include transport management, warehouse management, materials management, raw materials forecasting/planning (junior roles), inventory control/planning, freight sales, and freight forwarding (air & ocean); the demand was particularly strong for those with experience, industry specific knowledge (e.g. high tech manufacturing, FMCG), foreign languages and relevant technical skills (e.g. SAP BI and analytics). In 2015, there were almost 90 major awards in logistics and distribution made at NFQ level 5 and 130 third level graduates (NFQ 6-9) from transport/logistics courses in 2014/15.


A shortage of drivers has also been identified. Although there is a large number of job ready drivers seeking employment (5,400 road transport operatives and 2,900 machine drivers in May 2016), some recruitment difficulties are arising due to issues such as age related insurance costs and the lack of experience in relation to the new entrants.

In 2015, an estimated 1,700 truck drivers transitioned to inactivity (mostly to retirement, given that almost one in three truck drivers was over 55). In addition, retention is also identified as an issue, with 5,700 intra-occupational transitions identified in 2015 for truck drivers and 2,200 for machine drivers. Difficulty has been identified in relation to sourcing suitable candidates for a number of driving skills including:

  • fork lift drivers
  • articulated truck drivers/ heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers
  • reach truck drivers
  • rigid truck with Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC).

Within FET, the Road Safety Authority awarded over 600 Driver CPC certificates and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport awarded 265 ADR43 driving certificates to learners on SOLAS funded courses in 2015.

The estimates in the FET service plan for 2016 suggest that almost 4,300 beneficiaries will avail of training in the area of transport and logistics courses (including driving, as well as supply chain administration). If achieved, graduate output from these courses will contribute to closing the existing gap between demand and supply.

Labour Market Research 24

These links are to well established sources of information used to review, evaluate and predict changes in our labour market.

Vacancy Overview 2016 - EGFSN 
Detailed analysis of labour market indicators, vacancy trends and difficult to fill vacancies from the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (May 2017)
Addressing the Demand for Skills in the Freight Transport, Distribution and Logistics Sector in Ireland 2015 2020 
February 2015 EGFSN report assessing the skills and competency requirements for the Freight Transport, Distribution and Logistics sector in Ireland up to 2020
Vacancy Overview 2014 - EFGSN 
The Vacancy Overview 2014 produced May 2015 by the Skills and Labour Market Research Unit in SOLAS on behalf of the EGFSN, draws on data from newly advertised job vacancies in the following sources: DSP Jobs Ireland and The analysis focuses
Monitoring Ireland's Skills Supply 
July 2015 report on those entering and leaving the Irish education system (primary, post-primary,further education and training, and higher education) spanning the ten levels of the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ)
Regional Labour Markets Bulletin 2015 
Annual report produced by the EGFSN which identifies variations in skills supply and demand across 8 regions (Border, Dublin, Mid East, Mid-West, Midland, South East, South West and West).
Assessment of Future Skills Requirements in the Hospitality Sector in Ireland 2015-2020 
Report from the EGFSN assessing the skills demand within the Hospitality sector in Ireland to 2020 to ensure the right supply of skills to help drive domestic hospitality sector business and employment growth.
Vacancy Overview 2015 - EGFSN May 2016 
A report produced by the Skills and Labour Market Research Unit (SLMRU) in SOLAS for the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs contextualising 2015 vacancy data with what is occurring in the Irish labour market
Future Skills Needs of the Biopharma Industry in Ireland August 2016 
This report reviews the supply of, and demand for, skills within the Biopharma Industry in Ireland up to 2020, with a specific focus on Biologics manufacturing as a growing sub-sector within the industry. It is estimated that 8,400 potential job openings
Regional Labour Markets Bulletin October 2016 
A Report prepared by the Skills and Labour Market Research Unit in SOLAS.
Trends in Education and Training Outputs 
Monitoring Ireland's Skills Supply - A report by the Skills and Labour Market Research Unit (SLMRU) in SOLAS for the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs November 2016
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Current Labour Market Info 4

These sites provide news of current events that relate to our evolving labour market.

IBEC Quarterly Economic Trends 
Download publication in PDF format.
SCSI Employment Opportunities & Skills Requirements for Construction and Property Surveying 2014-18 
New report April 2014 from SCSI outlining the Employment Opportunities and Skills Requirements for Construction and Property Surveying projected from 2014-2018
Shortage of craft/entry level staff in the Hotel Sector 
Hotels and guesthouses are experiencing serious difficulties recruiting suitably qualified craft/entry level staff - IHF Annual Conference 24/2/14
National Skills Bulletin 2015 
The National Skills Bulletin 2015 provides an overview of the Irish labour market at occupational level, drawing on a variety of data sets, which have been systematically gathered in the National Skills Database (NSD) since 2003.

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