The Western Development Commission (WDC) has launched a new online jobs portal aimed at attracting professionals and their families to make new lives in the West of Ireland.
WesternJobs.ie will help job seekers to find open roles across the region and assist employers in gauging the availability and depth of skills that they require.
With more and more people working remotely due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the WDC is encouraging people to make a permanent and viable move to the West where they can enjoy housing costs that are among the lowest in Ireland.
A tool specifically for the West of Ireland has never previously been available. Movers can avail of the many job options including remote working and hybrid options as full-time and part-time open across multiple sectors.
The new portal – which is free to use – will not only give job seekers the chance to land a dream job, it will also give employers information on the talent pool available to them in a particular county in the Western region.
Research carried out by the WDC in January found that 50 percent of large employers in the region were faced with a limited skills pool for open positions while 32.65 percent experience difficulty finding senior staff.
Hundreds of new jobs have been announced in the Western region in 2021 and there are currently open roles available across sectors such as ecommerce, medtech, IT and engineering.
Companies currently hiring in the West of Ireland include Boston Scientific, Cora Systems, GSK, Aran Biomedical, Abbott, Aerogen, Harmac Medical, SITA Aero, Intel, SL Controls, Franlki and Beckman Coulter.
Employers including Co. Roscommon-based Harmac will also be using the new portal. Commenting, Ruth O’Donohoe HR Manager of Harmac Medical Products, said: “We are proud to support westernjobs.ie as an important destination for talented people seeking great careers in the western region, and in particular in Co Roscommon. As a showcase for employees and employers alike, we are delighted to be part of this initiative.”
For job seekers, WesternJobs.ie provides a one-stop-shop to give them all the information they require about opportunities in the West and the benefits of moving there. It will allow them to stay updated on relevant positions based on their skills and preferences and will enable them to connect with employers and agencies across the region.
The WDC says insights and real-time data from the site will also help officials in the future to make more informed planning and development decisions affecting the region.
Employers in the region will be able to create company profiles and promote job opportunities targeted at talent that they know is interested in working in the region.
The WDC recently launched a ‘More to Life’ campaign to showcase the excellent quality of life and career opportunities available to professionals who move to the region.
The benefits include lower property prices for renters and buyers, lower childcare costs, lower pupil-teacher ratios in primary schools and less commuting time – leading to a far greater work-life balance.
Commenting on the launch of the Westernjobs.ie portal, Western Development Commission CEO Tomás Ó Síocháin, said:
“Out of adversity comes opportunity and the West of Ireland has a big opportunity to renew and reinvigorate itself. There are now an unprecedented number of career options in the West, some of them caused by the unexpected events of 2020 and the global pandemic.
“WesternJobs.ie will allow jobseekers to register for alerts on new roles and give companies information on talent looking to move West. We believe this will help attract more investment from companies and also showcase the range of roles available across the region.
“We want jobseekers, employers and stakeholders to have access to the best quality information and tools to inform their decisions.”