Engineers in Demand - A Guide for Relocating to Ireland

John Murphy 26.02.2020

Are you thinking of relocating to Ireland? Perhaps now would be the right time!

For the first time in over a decade, the country is nearing full employment. The problem facing many employers is not a lack of opportunities, but a serious lack of candidates. The engineering industry is no different. With multinational medical device, pharmaceutical and precision companies all over the country planning expansions, the opportunities are endless for engineers looking to relocate to Ireland. 

As the world becomes more technologically advanced, it has become much easier for companies and candidates to conduct interviews using video calls and telephone interviews. As well as this, Ireland now has four international airports servicing the north, south, east and west of the country making it much easier and cheaper for candidates to meet face to face with potential employers. While the market has become more plentiful with jobs, employers are aware of the large commitment it takes to move to Ireland, and they need to know that a candidate is prepared to make that move. 

If you are considering relocating to a new country, think about the following:

  • Have you decided on a time frame for when you plan on arriving in Ireland? This is important to employers so that they can organise a start date and arrange personnel to help you settle into a new role.
  • Do you have your references at the ready? While technology has made the interviewing process easier, some employers still like to get a better feel for a candidate that they have not met. One way of doing this is by speaking to a current or former employer to discuss your skills and personality. 
  • Have you decided where in Ireland you want to live? For candidates who are not entirely familiar with our small country, the difference in difficulty to find accommodation as well as the cost of living varies greatly throughout the entire island. Perhaps visit Ireland to familiarise yourself with the climate, the culture and regional differences before committing to a move.
  • Did you fully discuss the move with the people closest to you? A common mistake made by candidates looking to relocate to Ireland – You send your CV “just to get the feelers out”. Before you know it, you must turn down a job opportunity because you have not discussed it with your family who are not prepared to relocate. 
  • Is your paperwork in order? For those with EU citizenship, this is less stressful, but for those that are coming from further afield, the difference between having the appropriate visa or not can make all the difference to your application as not every company is in a position to offer visa sponsorship.
  • Have you spoken with a recruitment consultant? Here on the Engineering Team in Morgan McKinley, we have specialist consultants that are here to assist you with your move to Ireland by liaising with companies, offering advice on suitable locations to match your industry skills as well as preparing you for your potential interviews. 

If you are an engineer looking for some guidance in your career, our specialist engineering consultants here in Morgan McKinley will be happy to share our knowledge about the Irish engineering market with you. Please get in touch with us for a free consultation.

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