Relocation to Ireland. CNA International IT Research

Taisiia Mliuzan
05 June 2014

From its own experience, CNA International IT knows that the terms “migration” and “relocation” occupy the minds of many people and are considered “to be on the table”. We have analyzed this matter and with a great pleasure would like to share our observations.
According to Wikipedia, in 2014 the percentage of international migrants around the world has increased to 33%, and the major part chooses developed regions. According to statistics, people are moving from high-income to other countries with similar income level, and a significant part (estimated — 43%) migrates from developing countries to other developing countries.
The top ten countries of destination are as follows: the United States, Russia, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Canada, UK, Spain, France, Australia and India.
The top ten countries people leave include Mexico, India, Russia, China, Ukraine, Bangladesh, Pakistan, the United Kingdom, the Philippines and Turkey.
In this article, special attention should be given to Ireland, which is also quite “attractive” in terms of the relocation. So, for your attention we are pleased to introduce a small report on the topic of “Relocation to Ireland, and what should you be waiting for there.”
In general, we can say that for a programmer there is a sense of moving to Ireland. It cannot but rejoice that today Ireland is considered to be one of the most advanced countries among the ОECD ones in the sphere of information technology. In the near future, the sector of employment will gain a more positive tone. The last few years Irish companies have become more competitive than ever. The increase in permanent hiring of programmers and the emergence of multinational jobs — is an indicative trend in Ireland. Until 2018, 10% increase in wages is expected and 5% increase in demand for qualified IT specialists. Companies will hire a little more than 91,000 employees, as to the survey of Brightwater Recruitment. In June 1100 jobs were announced, where Dublin took the leading position, but also Roscommon, Limerick, Drogheda and Wexford and Londonderry did not lag far behind.
Still, in Ireland, as well as in other countries of the world, there is a lack of graduates in the IT who are to support the growing multinational sector. Professional, who has knowledge, combining IT and foreign languages, will have advantage in the Ireland labor market. This mixture will also be very attractive to global players such as Dell, Apple, and EMC, which built a global support center in Cork.
A large number of start-ups have been launched lately; it increases the competitiveness of the Irish market. Demand for mobile know-how and the App experience will grow with renewed vigor.
The necessity for new resources for UX sphere and web services will evoke the pressure on companies, as well as the need to adapt new technologies and programming languages (eg, Scala, Ruby, Groovy).
Recruiting window for the best IT-candidates will be narrowed further. The speed / flexibility of the recruitment process will be crucial for finding the most talented ones.
“Quickness” will be the key characteristic for a good candidate in Ireland, as more and more teams are taking additional development strategy. Most employees must be strong communicators who show a tendency to constant growth and self-improvement. A new experience in M & A and flexibility in project management will open the potential in many industries.
To be more precise, the following specialists are in demand in Ireland:

  • С++ Developer
  • Embedded developer
  • C# Developer
  • Java Developer
  • JavaScript Developer
  • PHP Developer
  • iOS Developer
  • Android Developer
  • QA Engineer Developer
  • ASP.NET Developer

If you have found yourself in the list above and after all decided to move to Ireland, you should count taxes in this country in order to take into consideration all “pros and cons” of relocation.
In Ireland, the taxes make up to 33.00%;
Personal Income Tax (mediana), % – 30%;
Social Security taxes — 3%;
The cost of a residential lease is another important factor in assessing the advantages and disadvantages of relocation. In Ireland, it is relatively average, in comparison with other developed countries. For example, the approximate price of rent varies from 990 to 2,000 Euros, depending on the location.
Costs for electricity, heating, water, for example, for 915 sq. m. — from 158 euros.
Transportation costs in Ireland for a monthly ticket vary from 120 to 130 euros.
CNA International IT also highlighted advantages of relocation to Ireland:

  • Visa for IT professionals is issued for 2 years, after this time the person can prolong the visa while being in Ireland;
  • There is a possibility of employment for wives;
  • Citizenship may be obtained after a 5-year stay in the country on a long-stay visa;
  • High-quality food (natural in most cases);
  • Ireland is an English-speaking country (we believe that this is an important factor, as actually there not so many options)
  • But also we would like to reveal some disadvantages of relocation to Ireland:
  • Visa is not a Schengen visa;
  • The climate is not as friendly as in Miami, but it is a controversial issue.
  • Additional comments about moving to Ireland can be found following this link, or just ask us.

In Ireland, the IT sector is a gem and is vital for future economic recovery and growth. Technological development in Ireland accelerated, and companies need people with knowledge of modern IT-know-how in order to be in the forefront. Strong demand for IT-specialists is expected in 2015. They should be able to use new technologies and be experts in Agile and data analysis field.
People have become active users of mobile devices, and this is an area where companies need to have more skilled UI and UX specialists. Mobile boom continues the transition to the Cloud solutions and activates the need to replace ‘old-fashioned’ systems. All these factors will encourage expansion in the field of IT.
More government investments can be drawn into the infrastructure and education, attracting further FDI and creating new jobs in IT.
Summarizing all of the above, it is clear that Ireland is a country, friendly enough for the IT specialists, beginning with the standard of living and ending with visa issues. If you still have “gaps” in knowledge about relocation to Ireland, CNA International IT will gladly fill them “personally”, giving friendly advice and, if necessary, will offer a couple of good options for employment in Ireland. We will be glad to hear from you!