IT Jobs: Market Overview

iStock_000017496218XSmallThe ICT sector continues to be one of the most buoyant sectors in the economy with many Irish success stories, whether it’s the Collision brothers venture Stripe or James Whelton and CoderDojo – the Irish are at the forefront in IT.  We find that companies that invest the time on hiring their talent will find the right people.  IT professionals are first and foremost drawn to the role, the opportunity and the person they will be reporting to, so it’s crucial to get this right first time.

In an effort to tackle the increased skills demand in ICT, 700 additional employment permits will be issued over the coming year.

Below is an update on the various areas of IT:

Software Development

The IT market is very strong here in Ireland.  9 of the top 10 global software companies now have important strategic operations in Ireland.   There have been significant expansions as well as first time investments in the last 12 months.   The influx of all these companies has made Ireland a very attractive place to live and work and currently attracts candidates from all over Europe and further afield.  Salaries have remained relatively unchanged in the last 6 months.

The software skills that are in demand are as follows:  Java, Mobile Development, JavaScript, Web development, PHP, Python, Ruby on Rails, C# .NET.  Cloud Computing and “Big Data” analytics are more and more prominent here now also, given our range of companies.

The demand for contract developers across all technologies seems to have shifted to the regional areas of Ireland with requirements for experienced developers of all levels in counties such as Galway becoming increasing popular. In particular web based technologies seem to be a constant across many roles. Cloud Technologies, UI & UX will continue to be an area of growth for the remainder of 2013.

Project Management/PMO

We have seen a steady flow in the number of jobs registered for senior PMO candidates, including Program Managers, Senior Project Managers and Director level roles. The demand is spread across all sectors, financial services, technology companies both Irish and International. The PMO contract desk has seen a dramatic rise in demand for technical business analysts BA’s with strong experience in business process mapping, UAT, test scripts reporting and business intelligence tools.

Infrastructure/ Support

We have observed an increase in companies hiring systems engineers with expertise in network/systems or internet/cyber security.  Much of this growth is being driven by ‘Cloud Computing’, the outsourcing of IT, social media and its inherent security vulnerabilities, ‘Big Data’ and the increased threat from hackers.

There has also been a significant increase in the number of companies hiring expertise in Websphere Technologies whether that is Websphere Message Broker, Websphere Transformation Extender or MQ Series across Architecture, design, development and support contract roles. With the advent of SEPA and general payment processing Websphere contractors who have a Financial Industry background are highly sought after.


Q2 of 2013 has seen a steady increase in demand for QA Testers, QA Analysts and QA Managers across Dublin and Regional areas in Ireland. Daily rates have remained steady across junior to mid-level manual testers with Test/QA Managers seeing an increase. An increase in demand for Performance and Automation test skills as well as mobile & web testing are becoming increasingly popular requirements.


The RDBMS desk is steady at the moment with contract placements coming from a range of database disciplines.  There is a high demand for Microsoft BI tools (SSIS, SSRS, SSAS) and also an increase in Oracle financial roles across both permanent and contract market.

Projects won with local Government bodies have seen a rise in needs for specific Oracle Customer Care and Billing CC&B Technical Architects and CC&B Business Analysts for process development work. Other Oracle related demands are Oracle R12 Consultants with Business Analytics and Optimisation, Business Intelligence and Performance Management. Cognos is a skill increasing in demand.

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