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Irish Job News - News on Jobs for Ireland
30 January 2007 | Ireland | 3 Responses
Just as we mentioned here only 12 days ago, Motorola in Cork are facing some tough decisions.
350 more Cork jobs lie in the balance after a meeting at Motorola’s (www.motorola.com) plant in Mahon, Cork. The company has announced, at a meeting yesterday morning, that they will consider closing the plant.
Last year 90 workers were left go from the plant. Motorola make software for mobile phones and PDA’s at their plant in Cork since 1992. The Motorola Cork facility is a Software Development Centre and it employs many of the type of workers that local TD, Micheál Martin T.D., Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, refers to as “high calibre jobs” or “high value jobs“.
“Motorola has today informed its employees at its Cork facility of its intention to enter an employee consultation process regarding the future of the site as soon as possible” said a company spokesperson. “Motorola is considering a proposal to cease all engineering functions carried out at the site”. If this proposal was to be confirmed, it would result in the vast majority of employees at the site being at risk of redundancy and could make the site unsustainable as a Motorola facility.
2007 has been a pretty bad for Cork City and county. Here’s hoping it can pick up sooner rather than later !
24 January 2007 | Ireland | 100 Responses
Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment (www.entemp.ie) Micheál Martin will today unveil details of the new “Irish green card” system for migrant workers. This will be released under the provision of Employment Permits Act.
According to a government spokesman “The Act also allows the minister to introduce a ’green-card’ type system for highly skilled migrant workers and provides a number of new important protections for migrant employees.”
The government does need to start some official program, previously there was a system where people could get Irish Workpermits if they had a skill in an industry that was lacking workers (like nursing or tourism in the past). I wonder how this system will work, i.e. lenght of permit, details of what sector permits are available for and details of how many times a renewal is possible.
Well I guess we just have to be patient !
With effect from 1 January 2007, Irish embassies abroad and, where applicable the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform are not accepting new Work Visa/Work Authorisation applications and this scheme has been discontinued.
It is being replaced by the Green Card which will come into operation from 1 February. Any urgent Work Visa/Work Authorisations applications received before 1 February will be dealt with by issuing work permits (in respect of which applications may be made to convert them to Green Cards, if eligible, after 1 February).
Persons wishing a very general understanding of the new Irish “green card” should consider it to be more similar to the United Kingdoms HSMP visa.
Summary of New Rules for Green Cards
Where the annual salary (excluding bonuses) on offer is €60,000 or more, the Green Card Permit is available for all occupations. The Department gives themselves an opt out clause – “…other than those which are contrary to the public interest.” So really well paid drug prostitutes or gang leaders need not apply. 😉
Those workers with high end skills – medical, financial, technical – are welcome, so long as they have a job offer from an Irish employer of between 30,000 and 60,000 Euro. After two years, green card holders may apply for permanent residency.
If you can get one, Green Cards are more desirable than standard Work Permits which have more restrictions.
There are two categories of application based on salary level.
- Firstly, where the annual salary (excluding bonuses) on offer is €30,000 or more the Work Permit can be considered for occupations other than those which are contrary to the public interest.
- Secondly, Work Permits will only be considered for a very limited number of occupations below an annual salary of €30,000 [Qualifying Job List].
A very long list of jobs are excluded from applying at all. As an example, hotel staff of any kind except chefs are ineligible to apply. After five years, work permit holders may apply for an unlimited work permit.
So there you have it in a nutshell, good luck ! To read what jobs qualify for a green card, read [Irish Green Card Jobs List].
23 January 2007 | Ireland | 3 Responses
via our buddies at finfacts (www.finfacts.com), FCI Ireland (www.fciconnect.com) has decided to shut up shop in
Bandon Fermoy, Co. Cork. They’ve cited as their global restructuring plan as a reason to close the plan in Ireland.
FCI says its 13,500 (well now it will be 13,260) employees are committed to providing customers with high-quality, innovative products for a wide range of consumer and industrial applications. The plant is due to close up before the end of 2008, but 20 staff members will remain in customer support roles.
Bandon has been having a bad time lately, this comes only a few months after BUPA Ireland have come out and said that they are removing operations from Ireland.
So what’s with all these companies at the moment ? Is it the expansion of the EU that is offering them cheaper locations to operate or is it really a bad time for businesses ?
EDIT : Thanks to Niall for the correction, yes, it’s Fermoy, not Bandon, sorry for the mistake. At least someone is reading ! 😉
22 January 2007 | Ireland | Comments Off on 300 New Jobs for Co. Louth
Daiwa Securities (www.daiwast.com) has just announced that they will be creating up to 300 new jobs in Co. Louth. Daiwa Securities operate in the financial services industry and will run their assent and hedge fund management services from Ireland. The Minister for Enterprise (www.entemp.ie) Micheál Martin will officially open the office later today.
This news is welcomed after last week’s news from Intel & Motorola about their lay-off’s and Procter & Gamble who are still laying in the balance.
19 January 2007 | Ireland | 1 Response
A report out today from Dolmen Stockbrokers (www.dolmenstockbrokers.ie) states that the ever increasing exchange rate between the dollar and euro could have devastating consequences in Ireland in 2007. The big guns are already having some problems but there are others at risk like Dell, Pfizers & Microsoft. They are already feeling the pinch.
When companies are already trying desperately to cut costs the negative effect of the poor dollar/euro rate is really hitting home.
If these go unchecked and the dollar falls further then “the threat of job losses would increase”, said Stuart Draper, Dolmen head of research.
So yipee for more spending power & reduced import costs but boo for the possibility of US firms having to consider to move because of the fluctuations.
18 January 2007 | Ireland | 5 Responses
EDIT : update available here.
Today three stories have broken at once, and has sent a few shock waves through Ireland. Intel & Motorola have said they are getting rid of jobs, and Procter & Gamble could possibly too.
Computer CPU maker Intel (www.intel.com) announced today that by the end of March they will be letting go 100 of their employees in their Leixlip Plant in Co. Kildare. A new restructuring strategy was blamed for the job losses.
This comes with their 4th Quarter returns for 2006, which show a disappointing 39% drop in profits. Although 100 from their 5,500 Irish employees isn’t a large number, it shows that they will remove jobs if necessary in Ireland.
As for Motorola (www.motorola.com), they have brought the number of workers in their plant in Mahon, Cork to under 300 for the first time. Details about the cuts are not yet released to the media.
The bleak news from Procter and Gamble (www.pg.com) came today when it has been reported that they US multinational is looking to end production in one of it’s plants. In Ireland Procter and Gamble employ over 600 people at their plant in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary. A final decision is due in the next few weeks.
And that’s the buzz around Ireland this morning, mental eh ? What a start to 2007 we’ve had !
18 January 2007 | Ireland | 3 Responses
Figures released from the Cork based MTB (Masai Barefoot Technology) Ireland Ltd. (www.swissmasai.ie) say that in the last 3 years they have sold over 100,000 of these shoes (see below). Now these aren’t any ordinary shoes, rather they are designed with a rounded sole to take the strain off your legs. They also aid people with back problems and knee problems. Noel May was the Irish entrepreneur who introduced these funky (although I say freaky) shoes, which come from Switzerland and were designed in 1990 by a guy called Karl Müller.
Personally I won’t be buying these any time soon. But keep an eye out for the happy 100k people walking in these things around Ireland.
17 January 2007 | Ireland | Comments Off on #1 on IrishBlogs.info Business Category
I’ve just noticed that we are listed as #1 in the Business Category on IrishBlogs.info and currently #41 in the main section. Which is quite great for a site that was relaunched in October 2006, no ? Anyway more to come from us in the near future, that’s for sure !
16 January 2007 | Ireland | Comments Off on Silcotec in Galway to axe 20 jobs
The €9 million company based in An Cheathrú Rua, Galway announced today that they are getting rid of 20 of their 75 workforce (over 26%, yes we love maths). Silcotec manufacturers equipment for medical, defence and aerospace sectors. The reason for the redundancies according to the managing director Stephen Bullock was mainly due to competition in Asia and an effort to reduce their cost base to be more competitive.
Yet another Irish company feeling the pinch from the competitiveness of Asia.
16 January 2007 | Ireland | Comments Off on Citigroup to add 117 new Jobs in Belfast
Citigroup (www.citigroup.com – The largest bank in the US) have announced today that they plan to bring their numbers in Belfast to over 500. The recruitment drive for 117 new staff members will start at the end of January for members in their new operations division.
16 January 2007 | Ireland | Comments Off on Ireland is the 7th Freest Economy
The Index of Economic Freedom survey for 2007 has just been released today, it was conducted by the Wall Street Journal in association wit the The Heritage Foundation.
Interesting for us is their ranking of where Ireland lies economically, we were 2nd in Europe, after the United Kingdom and 7th overall in the world. It was cited that Ireland was weak in the labour freedom area.
As in many other European nations, generous labour laws mean that employment is not as flexible as it should be for maximum job creation and sectoral dynamics.
“Government spending as a proportion of GDP is also a disincentive. Even though tariffs are low, non-trade barriers reduce Ireland’s trade freedom score.”
Ireland scores highly when it comes to business freedom, investment freedom, financial freedom, monetary freedom, property rights, and freedom from corruption. A quick index of the results can be seen at www.heritage.org/index/topten.cfm.
So it’s good to see that Ireland is scoring so high. Let’s hope the government can work a little harder on the labour freedom, being a bit more flexible with how new jobs are created.
15 January 2007 | Ireland | Comments Off on Globoforce Ltd. earns Fast 50 Award
A Massachusetts/Dublin firm, Globoforce (www.globoforce.com) has been declared the recipient of Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 Award. Founded in 1999, Globoforce is the leading provider of worldwide, on-demand incentive, reward and recognition programs for Global 2000 companies.
The Fast 50 program, now in its seventh year, ranks the fastest-growing technology companies in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Thirty-five companies from the Republic of Ireland and 15 companies from Northern Ireland were recognized for achieving an average annual growth of 852% over the last 5 years. This represents an increase of 329% on last year.
More : here
15 January 2007 | Ireland | Comments Off on More Sambos & Stores for O’Briens in 2007
O’Brien’s Sandwiches Bars (www.obriens.ie) and their CEO Brody Sweeney have announced that they are going to add up to 20 new stores in Cork, Galway, Waterford & Limerick as well as a further 5 bars in Northern Ireland. This will bring the numbers of sandwich shops close to 200.
We here at eirjobs.com are big fans of their sandwiches. It’s certainly something we welcome with open bellies, more opportunities to grab a nice sambo as we zoom around Ireland ! We recommend their tuna & cheese TOOSTIES®, which always seem to fill the gap.
11 January 2007 | Ireland | Comments Off on Clientlogic to reduce staff in Swords by 26%
Sad news for ClientLogic Ireland employees that they are facing cuts of over 1/4 of their staff (26% if you don the maths). ClientLogic in Swords provide customer & technical support for for the healthcare and IT industries. Reasons given for the the redundancies were due to outsourcing to other companies and a restructuring of their German operations.
10 January 2007 | Ireland | 4 Responses
An interesting story from Dail Éireann today. Community Affairs Minister Eamon Ó Cuív said he favoured expanding country transport services to run up until midnight to allow drinkers to leave their cars at home. Mr Ó Cuiv said talks were under way with the Transport Department about expanding the €10 million rural bus initiative to cover around 30 local areas where drinkers would be ferried to pubs.
We say put the much needded €10m into housing or something a bit more worth while. If people can’t get to the pub then that’s their luck out. Drink at home if you can’t find a way to the pub and you need to get your fix of alcohol. The government surely can’t be seen “Driving people to drink” ?