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C&C to Restructure

10 October 2007 | Ireland | 1 Response

Today some less than positive news has emerged about C&C Brewers ( C&C, the makers of Magners cider, has warned that there are plans for ‘significant job cuts‘. The bad summer has had a grave effect on their profits. The company announced this morning that it would soon unveil a comprehensive restructuring and cost reduction strategy, which is likely to focus on headcount reduction. So all that rain has had it’s effect.

job losses in the brewing industry

Its cider sales in Ireland were down 7% in the first half of the year, compared to a year earlier. In the UK sales were flat but it lost market share. Maurice Pratt, the chief executive, said the company had “invested in production … and we must now adjust our cost base to reflect where our sales are.”

300 new Banking Jobs

10 October 2007 | Ireland | Comments Off on 300 new Banking Jobs

Good news has come today in the form of 300 new jobs in the banking sector. These jobs will be in Waterford, Dundalk and Dublin. Most of the jobs will be in financial services sector and customer support services sector. Rigney Dolphin ( who are have their head quarters in Waterford will be creating 250 new jobs. And a further 50 jobs are being created by Post Bank, the joint venture between An Post ( and Dutch bank Fortis ( . So all is looking well today in the Irish Financial sector. 😀

About Rigney Dolpin

Rigney Dolpin was established in 1990 and has grown into one of Ireland’s biggest providers of call center services to companies looking to outsource customer support. The company already has 850 employees.

Tony Ryan RIP

8 October 2007 | Ireland | Comments Off on Tony Ryan RIP

One of Ireland’s most famous business men died last week. Tony Ryan, aged 71, founded Europe’s most successful budget airline Ryanair, died on Wednesday 3rd of October in Dublin after a long illness, the airline and his family said.

Tony Ryan Ryanair

Ryan founded Ryanair in 1985 with just a single 15-seater plane. By the time he floated the company on the Irish and British stock exchanges, Ryanair Holdings was expanding across the European continent with eye-popping fares, new routes and trademark boastful marketing. Today it operates 557 routes in 26 countries and plans to carry more than 50 million people this year. Ryan, the son of a train driver, was born in Thurles, County Tipperary, in 1936. His first job was as a sales clerk at Aer Lingus, Ireland’s state-owned airline, which saw its monopoly status shattered by the launch and rapid ascent of Ryanair.

He died with a personal fortune estimated at more than $1.1 billion and was seventh on the 2007 Sunday Times list of Ireland’s richest people. He lived as a tax exile in Monte Carlo but maintained a country estate and horse stud farm in Tipperary. [source removed]

Friday Article : CB Interviews

5 October 2007 | Articles | 2 Responses

Here is the 7th part in the series from Paul Mullan of Measurability offers career coaching to individuals looking to change careers as well as companies looking to train their staff for better things. If you have a question you can either leave it here or send Paul an email at The other articles can be found here in our articles section.

Should jobseekers fear Competency Based Interviews?

Competency based interviews (CBI) are an increasingly popular interview tool replacing the traditional CV based interview. They are based on the belief that the best indication of future behaviour is by examining past behaviour. These interviews will focus on a number of key competencies relevant for the role and the interviewee will have to demonstrate evidence through previous work examples. Generally speaking jobseekers fear interviews but particularly competency based interviews as they are perceived to be more challenging interview. Yes they are more challenging but I their advantages mean that they should be embraced by the jobseeker.

more interview tips

Preparation by the client

(on the most part) shows that the employer has put some thought into their selection process. They have analysed their open vacancy and identified the key skills and behaviours required for success in the role. This indicated that they know what they are looking for and therefore it should reduce the risk that jobseekers getting hired for a job that doesn’t suit. CBI also indicates that the interview is objective, focusing on essential components thus reducing subjectivity in the selection process. Due to the fact that these interviews are structured and the interviewers normally trained scoring and candidate comparisons are more scientific.
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Amgen Cancel Irish Plans

3 October 2007 | Ireland | Comments Off on Amgen Cancel Irish Plans

Back in April we reported that Amgen ( had rescheduled plans for their expansion in Cork. Then they announced that they were pushing plans back 2 years.

Amgen International

Well today they have updated their schedule and said that they are shelving the plan. They do plan to keep the site that they own in Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork. A spokesperson said it was “based purely on developments relating to Amgen’s global business” and was no reflection on Ireland. Amgen has just started a cost cutting program, in which aims to reduce their staff numbers by 14%. Drugs made by Amgen, which is head quartered in California, include Vectibix for cancer and arthritis treatment Enbrel.

Version 1 add 80 Dublin jobs

1 October 2007 | Ireland | Comments Off on Version 1 add 80 Dublin jobs

Version 1 ( are an IT consultancy firm, announced today that they will being adding 80 jobs at their office in Dublin. This will the number of Irish employees to 250. Most of the jobs will be in the two new divisions, business consulting division and an infrastructure consulting division.

version 1 in ireland

Version 1’s managing director, Justin Keatinge said “Over the past year and a half we have seen our workforce double from 80 people to 170. We had moved to larger premises in 2006 to accommodate this rapid growth and are about to open an extension to this premises”. You can check out their current vacancies here.

World of Warcraft come to Cork

20 September 2007 | Ireland | 11 Responses

Great news for the Irish games industry, Blizzard Entertainment ( is setting up a European games support centre in Cork, and aims to create up to 100 jobs over the next three years. The World of Warcraft (WoW) publisher is establishing the centre in Cork City. They will be getting support from IDA Ireland. It is planned to start with 50 jobs initially with a further 50 expected to be added in the coming three years.

blizzard entertaimnet in Ireland

This has come as a much welcomed boost to the Irish games industry. World of Warcraft (commonly known as WoW) is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game. There are more than 2 million players in North America, 1.5 million players in Europe and 3.5 million players in China as of January, 2007. Additionally, the game has over 8 million subscribers worldwide as of August, 2007.

Intel asking for redundancies

20 September 2007 | Ireland | Comments Off on Intel asking for redundancies

CHIP FIRM Intel ( is asking for 200 people in its Irish division to volunteer to lose their jobs. The reports are that this has come about after the latest management restructuring of their Lexlip plant. The people who work in their FLASH devision are mostly likely the target of these redundancies.

Intel EX

These jobs are expected to go by the end of the year

How to Claim J1 Tax back

17 September 2007 | Ireland | 1 Response

This is the time of year when people are returning to college and university after a summer of earning beer money for the coming year. If you have worked in the US, New Zealand , Australia or other fancy foreign countries, then you probably qualify for a tax return. To this we have updated our claiming Tax Back section with some more information and details of what offer. The average tax returns for last year were :

  1. USD$ 687 for the United States tax back.
  2. GBP£ 962 for UK income tax returns.
  3. AUD$1300 for Australian tax returns.

Do don’t delay with this !

claiming my tax back

So to find out more, read claiming your tax back.

Friday Article : Recruitment Agencies

14 September 2007 | Ireland | Comments Off on Friday Article : Recruitment Agencies

Here is the 6th part in the series from Paul Mullan of Measurability offers career coaching to individuals looking to change careers as well as companies looking to train their staff for better things. If you have a question you can either leave it here or send Paul an email at The other articles can be found here in our articles section.

About Recruitment Agencies

Recruitment agencies can be great medium for jobseekers to find work and the most popular resource available. They offer an easy option to secure new work without getting your hands dirty. Having said all of this, I frequently hear jobseekers complaining about agencies, everything from the level of service, the attitude of consultants and the lack of activity generated. I agree that there are bad agencies in the market place but there are many good agencies.

It’s a free service – you get what you pay for.

Jobseekers seem to forget that recruitment agencies provide a free service so they should expect the level of service that you paid for. This way you won’t be disappointed. If you are not happy or more importantly not getting the results you want there are still other options available. Stop complaining and take alternative action. However if you want to use agencies here are some tips to get the best results.

what is a good recruitment agency

Research the Agency

It is important to research the market and find agencies suitable for your requirements. To help with this it is useful to ask friends/colleagues to recommend agencies. Don’t be afraid to ask the agency questions about the areas they recruit and clients. Also don’t put all your eggs in one basket and register with a few agencies.
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188 Cork Jobs and 50 Belfast Jobs

13 September 2007 | Ireland | Comments Off on 188 Cork Jobs and 50 Belfast Jobs

Wow today is just full of good news, we have three companies in Cork announcing jobs and we have one in Belfast.

The run down is as follows :

  1. An IT company SolarWinds will bring 75 jobs to Mahon, Co. Cork
  2. In Midelton, Co. Cork , Apex Fund Services will be recruiting 40 staff for their financial services business.
  3. In Macroom, Co. Cork EireBloc have announced that plans to recruit 73 staff in the next 2 years. EireBloc are a new startup company.
  4. Borland Software Corporation (anyone remember Borland C ?) are relocating their European base to Belfast and it’s estimated 50 new jobs will be created as a result. They want to bring their staff numbers from 30 to 80 before the end of 2008.

new jobs in cork and belfast

So it’s been a great week for new jobs in Ireland ! And what we find great is that most of these positions will be for new graduates in the coming year !

Pfizer cut 400 UK Jobs

12 September 2007 | Ireland | 1 Response

Pfizer pharmaceuticals ( has announced that they are closing manufacturing operations in Kent, England. This comes after almost 53 years of operation in the town. Pfizer who makes, the erectile dysfunction drug, Viagra , the smoking cessation drug Champix and cholesterol lowering medicine Lipitor.

bye bye pfizer

Pfizer representatives said it is to cease all manufacturing at the site in Sandwich, which is also home to one of its key research and development programmes. Production is expected to move to their other R&D sites either in the US or to Cork, (Ireland).

100 new jobs for Tipperary

11 September 2007 | Ireland | Comments Off on 100 new jobs for Tipperary

Waste-management company AQS Environmental Solutions announced plans to invest €15m in new headquarters in Thurles, Co Tipperary. These plans will bring over 100 new jobs in the next year.

AQS Environmental Solutions is a subsidiary of the Arlo Group, which has two other environmental services subsidiaries, Acorn Recycling and JHL Sales.

The company delivers drainage, environmental and waste management solutions to clients in Local authorities and the food processing, mining, retail, construction, pharmaceutical, aviation, power generation, transport and agricultural sectors“.

SolarWinds to open in Cork

10 September 2007 | Ireland | 1 Response

US Firm SolarWinds ( is to open a factory in Cork, bringing up to 75 new jobs. SolarWinds produces network management software. The EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) Headquarters, SolarWinds Software Europe Limited, is being established to develop and support the company’s international growth. The company who is based in Texas will be bringing the new jobs to Mahon, Cork over the next 3 years.

Solarwinds cork ireland

SolarWinds’ Orion is a comprehensive fault and performance management platform that scales with the growth of your network.

Micheal S. Bennett, president and CEO of SolarWinds, added “We selected Ireland because it has a great pool of talented individuals, provides a high quality of living for our employees, and we were provided with strong support from the Government and the local community.”

Friday Article : Career Crossroads or Spaghetti Junction?

7 September 2007 | Articles, Ireland | 1 Response

Here is the 5th part in the series from Paul Mullan of Measurability offers career coaching to individuals looking to change careers as well as companies looking to train their staff for better things. If you have a question you can either leave it here or send Paul an email at The other articles can be found here at Why most CV’s Fail / Lying in Interviews / Job Hunting Tips / Interview Techniques.

I read an article once that stated 70% of people were unhappy with their career. From my experience I would dare to say it is probably a lot higher than this. Most people don’t know where they are going with their career and as a result any road is taking them there. You often hear of people at a career crossroads but for many it is more like spaghetti junction. There are those who are very successful at what they do but do they get fulfillment. Many spend their lives climbing corporate ladders only to find when they reach the top it was leaning against the wrong wall.

career mess

Living the Dream

It is Big Brother season so I thought I would be topical and quote Chantelle when she exited Celebrity Big Brother. She said she was “living the dream”. So why are most people not living the dream in relation to their jobs and careers. Well a lot of us are living the dream but unfortunately it is not our dream but that of our parents or other influences. I always ask my clients what would be their dream job. Some can’t answer but many can. When asked what they have done to achieve their dream job the consistent answer is “nothing”.

So what is stopping us?

For those who don’t know what they want well the lack of understanding and clarity is stopping them. But for those who do know what they want there are a number of factors acting as a red light. Fear plays a big part – fear of failure, fear of the unknown, fear of rejection or fear of success. Also many people don’t take 100% responsibility for their lives and decisions and therefore have no control of their live or careers. We put blame on everything and everyone except ourselves. A big factor though is that most don’t believe that it is possible.
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