Ireland’s software industry recruiting software professionals in Spain
A clear demonstration of the strength of the Irish software industry, ten Irish owned software companies travelled to Madrid this week to meet with Spanish software professionals, in an effort to fill some of the 1500 vacancies in this indigenous sector.
Targeting English speakers with at least 3 years experience in software and an interest in moving to live and work in Ireland, It’s Happening Here (the recently launched umbrella brand for the Irish owned software industry) hosted a careers fair in central Madrid on Thursday September 27th. The interest shown and the high level of qualification of the 300 software professionals who attended the fair is an indication of the high regard in which the Irish software industry is held inSpain.
Finding IT talent is currently the single biggest challenge for Irish software companies. Strongly focused on exports the industry is one ofIreland’s fastest growing indigenous sectors delivering double digit growth in exports year on year. It is crucial to attract talent to the industry to ensure continued growth at this level. With a pool of experienced and highly qualified software professionals,Spainoffers a real solution. Spanish software developers and engineers have a very good reputation inIrelandand are highly sought after.
Speaking from Madrid this last week Jarlath Dooley, chair of the industry working group behind IT’s Happening Here and HR Director in Version 1 said:
The quality of software professionals we met here yesterday was excellent and this initiative has created a new and badly needed channel for our recruitment. We expect to recruit at least 8 of those we met yesterday alone and will continue to focus on Spain as a source of top quality personnel.’
Raul Marigorta, Market Advisor inEnterpriseIreland’s office inMadrid added:
‘Many Spanish people are aware of the innovative and creative nature of Irish software companies and their commitment to excellence. This initiative offers Spanish software professionals the opportunity to build their careers in some of the most exciting software development companies in the world and offers Irish companies the opportunity to continue to grow their technical teams. It is an excellent example of win-win collaboration between two European member states.’
Companies who participated at the Employment Fair
- ACMS: http://www.amcsgroup.com/
- Avego: http://www.avego.com/
- DigitalSkillsAcademy: http://www.digitalskillsacademy.com/
- IT Alliance: http://www.italliancegroup.com/
- Ocuco: http://www.ocuco.ie/
- Opensky: http://www.openskydata.com/
- System Dynamics: http://www.systemdynamics.ie/
- Tango Telecom: http://www.tangotelecom.com/
- Version 1: http://www.version1.com/
- Zenith: http://www.zenithtechnologies.com/
About IT’s Happening Here
IT’s Happening Here promotes career opportunities in Irish owned software companies. Acting as an umbrella brand for the industry which comprises over 600 companies, it aims to attract software professionals from across the globe to work in this dynamic sector. The current campaign is focused on recruiting for 1500 open vacancies. The vacancies are from graduate to director level and offer a unique working experience in a highly innovative environment of world class knowledge, creativity, diversity, and responsibility.
An initiative of the Irish indigenous software sector, IT’s happening Here is supported byEnterpriseIreland.