For those who are looking to make a move away from Dublin, or are relocating to Ireland and considering where to go, Cork should definitely be high on your list of options to consider.
Whereas Dublin can prove too much for some financially, Cork is more on the affordable side, while still providing excellent career opportunities to its inhabitants. If you want to find our more about life and work in Cork then take a look at our short overview of ‘’the real capital.’’
1. Rent and cost of living is significantly more affordable -
It is widely known that rent prices and sourcing accommodation in Dublin is a struggle at the moment, which is proving to be a challenge for many students and professionals alike. The overall cost of living in Cork is notably different to the capital, with consumer rent prices being recognised as 25% higher in Dublin than for properties of a similar nature in Cork. Aside from rent, eating out would generally cost you over 15% more in Dublin than in Cork. Overall, the average weekly wage would go 20% further in Cork than in Dublin.
2.Job opportunities are plentiful -
A report carried out by Fora noted that there had been a notable trend among tech job seekers seeking opportunities outside the capital. In fact, there has been a 53% increase in Dublin-based professional searching for tech job opportunities in Cork since January 2015. Cork is now not far behind Dublin in terms of the number of job opportunities available in the city, especially after a number of MultiNational Corporations have set up offices in Cork over the past few years. Johnson Controls, which has now merged with Tyco, has also set up a business services centre within Cork City, which has also provided job opportunities and new positions across various levels within the business. A standout area for Cork is IT, with it fast becoming somewhat of a technology hub, with many IT companies setting up offices and bases around the county.
3. Offers a relaxed and friendly lifestyle to inhabitants -
The Cork lifestyle is renowned for being more laid back and relaxed than life in the capital. It’s awash with culture, live music, good food and a bustling nightlife scene. All of the above at a relatively cheaper cost than other cities, as mentioned above. Cork is obviously ideal for those who enjoy city life, but is also close enough to some countryside spots as well such as Kinsale and West Cork, so that residents are able to get a good mix of both city and country life. The people are also a huge pull factor, as they are renowned for their friendliness and craic. According to Condé Nast Traveller's 2018 Friendliest Cities in the World, Cork is the third friendliest in the world, with it receiving recognition among survey participants for its "picturesque, riverfront location" and "cozy pubs and beer gardens."
4. Transport links are efficient and accessible
Cork has significantly more efficient transport service than many other cities in Ireland. Traffic congestion is non comparable to the capital. On top of this, the public transport systems such as trains and buses are an efficient way to travel around the city. Cork’s rail network runs from Cobh to Midleton in the East and from Cork City to Mallow in the North. Bus Eireann operates a number of routes around Cork City Centre and out towards other areas such as the Wild Atlantic Way. Similarly to the Dublin Bike scheme, Bike Share in Cork allows you to rent bikes to travel quickly and efficiently around Cork city. With over 30 bike dock locations around the city, cycling is quickly becoming an effective and popular way to get around the city.
You may already be aware that Cork is a hive of culture and activity. It plays host to a number of events throughout the year such as Cork Jazz Festival. It is not only the Jazz Festival which attracts tourists to the city but a whole host of other cultural attractions as well such as the Cork Opera House, The Triskel Arts Centre and the Cork International Film Festival. Cork’s culture sets it apart from other cities across Ireland, with its vibrant artistic community and strong cultural history as well.
It is clear to see that Cork has a lot to offer from the above points alone, and there is much more that the city has to offer aside from this. For more information on life in Cork please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me at the below contact details, and for the latest on our Cork opportunities click here.