Increase in the number of contract vacancies across the technology sector

Andrew Connolly 20.08.2018

Recent months have seen a significant uplift in the technology employment market, especially by way of contract positions.

The last few months have been an exciting time for the technology industry and for the technology jobs market in particular. The following article should give you an overview of the employment market in general for this sector, recent industry job announcements, the most common roles required by companies within a particular region, the highest paying placed roles and the desirable skills and qualifications listed by hiring managers at the moment, as determined by expert insights from our specialist recruitment consultants.
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Businesses within the IT sector are under pressure to move quickly in terms of making offers to candidates of interest as there are a number of options open to those with relevant technology experience and the ‘’hiring process’’ is more important than ever in helping a professional make their decision. There has been a significant uplift in Dublin in particular in the number of contract positions available over the summer months. This is due to employees taking leave and also a shortage of specific skills in the market. In terms of job announcements, Belfast technology company Neueda Technologies are set to open a software engineering hub in Co.Westmeath which will create 200 jobs over four years. Meanwhile Healthcare technology giant Cerner is to create 50 Research and Development and Data Management roles in its Dublin operation to serve its clients in Europe. 

Technology Summer Jobs Market Review

Most in Demand Roles by Region


  • Big Data Developer
  • Python Developer
  • Information Security Specialist


  • Cyber Security Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • .Net Developer


  1. .Net Developer
  2. Project Manager
  3. Systems Administrator


  • QA Engineer 
  • Front-End Developer
  • Business Analyst

Most Popular Tech Roles By Region

Highest Paying Roles - our teams have placed

  • Chief Technology Officer - €120k
  • Head of Product - €130k
  • Big Data Architect - €115k
  • IT Director €110k
  • Software Development Manager €100k
  • Programme Manager €90k

Skills and Qualifications

The area of ‘’Big Data’’ and all of the skills entwined within it continues to lead the way in demand by businesses across the board. Techniques such as data science, mining, reporting, analysis and all other similar competencies will undoubtedly remain the most highly sought after skill set within technology for the foreseeable future. While this trend has been preempted for some time now, in 2018, it has really come to a head where most Irish companies are now seeking professionals with experience in the Data in order to future proof their operations for years to come.

The second fastest growing skills/qualification area is that of Cyber Security. Certifications such as CIPP, CISSP, CEH and CISA have now become crucial qualifications for Security specialists in Ireland with high demand for qualified Network Security Operations Engineers, Information Security Engineers, Information Security analysts,  Information Security Architects and Penetration Testers. Demand for expertise within the areas of Governance, Risk and Compliance also continues to surge. 

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