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This career involves working with people in a caring capacity. If you have no interest in helping people personally or educationally then this may be the wrong profession for you.

Empathy, patience and respect are important qualities for this job, in addition to be able to relate well to the person you are dealing with. As there is also a large amount of information to be handled in the job, good organisational, IT and time management skills are also quite important.


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New National Skills Bulletin 2015 NOW Available

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New National Skills Bulletin 2015 NOW Available

Friday, July 17, 2015 

New National Skills Bulletin 2015 NOW Available

The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN) has today published the National Skills Bulletin 2015, which provides an overview of employment trends at occupational level.

The report highlights Skills shortages in the following key areas:

The ICT sector is experiencing skills shortages for:

  • Software developers
  • Cloud, databases/big data
  • Testing, security, technical support, networking and infrastructure

The Engineering sector is experiencing a shortage of:

  • Production engineers
  • Process engineers
  • Quality engineers
  • Validation engineers
  • Product design/development engineers
  • Electronic engineers
  • Electrical engineers
  • Mechanical engineers and
  • Chemical engineers

The Science sectors are experiencing skills shortages in the areas of:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology,
  • Pharma co-vigilance,
  • Product development

The Business & Finance sector is experiencing shortages in:

  1. Risk
  2. Compliance
  3. Accounting
  4. Business intelligence
  5. Data analytics

The Health Sector -  a shortage of

  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Radiographers
  • Niche area specialists (e.g. prosthetists, radiation therapists) and
  • Managers

The Construction Sector is experiencing a shortage of

  • Surveyors

Clerical roles - a shortages in:

  • Multilingual
  • Credit control/debt control and
  • Supply chain

Skilled trades - there is a shortage of

  • Chefs
  • Tool makers
  • Welders (TIG, MIG),
  • Butchers/de-boners
  • Steel-erectors

The area of Sales  is experiencing a shortage of skills in:

  • Technical sales
  • Multilingual customer support
  • Online sales and marketing

Shortages of Operatives

  • CNC (Computer Numeric Control)
  • Drivers (fork lift and special vehicle)

Details of current skills shortages are fully integrated across

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The analysis presented in the report indicates the flexibility of the Irish labour market; however it points to high turnover in relation to certain occupations, including:

  • Care workers,
  • Sales workers,
  • General clerks,
  • Waiters, cleaners, catering assistants, and security workers as well as some highly skilled occupations (e.g. IT professionals).

Welcoming the publication, Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damien English, T.D. said: “The Irish labour market is recovering, with most indicators improving during 2014. The report shows an increase in employment and a decrease in the number of unemployed, long-term unemployed and underemployed persons.

I am delighted to see that more jobs are being in created and in particular that construction jobs are finally increasing, this is great news for job seekers. I am delighted in particular in the growth in opportunities for skilled tradespeople. My job, as a Minister is to bring together industry and education in key areas to ensure that we equip people with the practical skills to match industry’s current and future needs in order to create sustainable jobs.

As part of that effort I would urge young people to look seriously at an apprenticeship as a way of learning key skills and building their careers. We intend to develop a range of new apprenticeships with employers to provide increased opportunities for our young people”.


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Commenting, Una Halligan, Chairperson of the EGFSN said: “The report shows that, with the economic recovery strengthening, shortages are intensifying in the previously identified areas such as ICT, engineering, sales/customer care, logistic, health, business and finance, and emerging in new areas such as hospitality and construction. With improved job prospects across all sectors of the economy, issues with attracting and retaining staff are emerging in some areas (e.g. hospitality, care and meat processing)”.

Commenting further, Una Halligan added: “Looking forward, we need to continue efforts across all relevant policy areas to ensure shortages outlined in the report, which have been intensifying in some areas, such as ICT, and emerging in other areas, such as hospitality, are addressed adequately.”

Source: EGFSN Press Release

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