Recent research by Forfas (2016) on Skills gaps within Ireland, shows that although the Irish labour market continued to display high levels of unemployment, improvements were evident in almost all labour market indicators. Moreover, there was an increase in the number of mentions of skill gaps in Ireland. In most cases, gaps remained confined to specialised areas. Key areas are Business, ICT, Science, and Engineering. This research is supported by the Hays’ 2016 Global Skills Index which places Ireland 6th in terms of skill shortgages and skill mismatches.
In 2016, demand for skills labour in Europe has increased, particularly in countries most hit by the recession, Ireland, Portugal and Spain. This echoes a global picture of talent mismatch, where there are career opportunities for particular roles, but not enough people trained to do them.
Business and Finance Skills Gaps within Ireland
Occupations for which shortages have been identified include:
- finance & investment analysts
- quantitative analysts
- organisational change, resource planning and performance management
- credit control/debt recovery.
- Accountants and tax specialists
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ICT Skills Gaps within Ireland
Shortages of ICT skills have been identified in the following areas:
- web/mobile content management
- software development and programming
- project management and business analysis
- testing and troubleshooting
- databases/big data (e.g. NoSQL, SQL, MySQL, Oracle, MS SQL Server, IBMS DB2, Hadoop)
- IT security
- technical support
- networking and infrastructure.
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Social and Care Skills Gaps within Ireland
Shortages in social and child care services that have been noted:
- Full time Carers & Child minders
- Male Social and Child care professionals
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Science, Engineering & Healthcare Skills Gaps within Ireland
Difficult-to-fill vacancies have been identified in the areas of:
- product development
- production and process engineering
- quality control and assurance
- precision engineering
- project management
- Shortage of Medical Practitioners.