“With the shortfall of 5,000 high tech skills people today the colleges will not fill the gap and the worry is we will lose our competitiveness and price ourself out of the international software export markets. We will also price ourselves out of the FDI market as it is too expensive to hire here and the visas can’t be got quickly enough to bring high tech skills into Ireland. Ireland’s tech sector needs to attract the best of talent and become a hub for top tech talent.”
“If we brought 10,000 extra tech professionals into Ireland it would result in at least an additional €1,000,000,000 being spent in the local economy and generate tens of thousands of spin off jobs. It’s a game changer.”
“Tweekaboo (http://www.tweekaboo.com) is a start-up with users in over 100 countries looking to find the right talent quickly. We’re experiencing difficulties as there is an acute shortage of Engineers with the skills that we need. Any recruitment agency will tell you that there is a skills shortage. We need to speed up the process of getting the right talent working here in Ireland. We’re building a global business with Tweekaboo, so any worker we employ will ultimately accelerate Ireland’s recovery and the Tech Visa proposal is one initiative that would make finding the right talent easier.”
“Ireland has made great strides, through the 1990′s and 2000′s in development of companies that are indigenous innovators and that are producing products and solutions that contribute significantly to the Irish export growth. This export growth has fortunately been incremental to the growth of Irish multinational exports, because both are vitally important. The indigenous and multinational growth is fuelled by top class engineering, science and product development skills (both technical and management). Ireland can’t sustain this growth need from its indigenous population…Ireland simply has too small a population to support this growth.
“Ireland has attracted an enviable cluster of multinational technology companies in some of the fastest growth areas (e.g. cloud, gaming, mobile apps, digital content and social media). It is now imperative that we are able to offer the necessary skillsets to keep this ball rolling. Expanding the knowledge-based economy is critical to Ireland’s future and we must ensure that our initial success does not run out of steam, due to a shortage of personnel possessing the requisite qualifications.”
Barry Rhodes, CEO, INEX – Ireland’s Internet Exchange
“The Tech Visa is a cracking idea. It would help to strengthen Ireland’s position as a) a great place to base technology multinationals in Europe b) a great place to come to work if you’re in technology and c) a top destination for up-and-coming new tech sensations (Evernote, Rovio, etc.) It’s a no-brainer. We should do it.”
“The continuing and accelerating technological revolution is oblivious to the entrapment of the financial services’ crisis. It is evident that in terms of real ‘wealth’ we have never had the potential to be so advantaged, the mismanagement of the monetary valuation of that wealth can and should be separated as much as possible to avoid losing Ireland’s position at the forefront of these technological advances; Open Ireland’s tech visa (and what is represents) is the best current approach for that separation.”
“In a business like ours, getting access to the very best talent in the world without restriction is the only way we can upskill our team to make our formats compete with the top formats in the world of television, we can then build IP and export more and rely less on importing formats from around the globe.”
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“The emerald tint may have waned on the world stage but we still hold the beautiful attraction. Now there is real opportunity to invest in Ireland’s future by reaching out to others who want to help. No doubt those who would fill our skills gap will find work elsewhere; they must live. However, here they can live and work to both our and their full potential.
That potential translates to more jobs which will be created from the presence of more talented and skilled workers from around the world. By allowing those with the necessary knowledge and skills the ...
Ireland has a two-track economy. It is a tale of two cities, the booming and world-leading export, manufacturing economy of the high-tech Ireland with 100% employment; and the depressed internal services & housing-boom economy that has generated ghost estates and 14.5% unemployment.
We in Ireland can’t stimulate our economy from within. Ireland’s debt levels are too high and our government expense levels are already far above what our private economy can sustain. We have to reach out to the rest of the world to generate jobs and growth within Ireland.
“Nationalism economically and socially is inescapable from internationalism” – Taoiseach Sean Lemass
Ireland has a history of success in our international approach to economic development, as best shown in the leadership of Taoiseach Sean Lemass and TK Whitaker in the 1960s which opened up Ireland and brought us economic development and progress. At that time, Sean Lemass proclaimed, “Our destiny is bound up with that of Europe”, leading to the formation of the EU with Ireland as a founding member. Subsequently, Irish leadership led to a tight partnership with the United States and the development of Ireland from poverty to a leading technological nation.
Our policies with the EU and the US have led us to an unprecedented dominance in high-tech companies located in Ireland and a disproportionate level of direct foreign inward investment, both of which put us in an enviable position.
Ireland is the best-positioned country in the world to take advantage of our strengths in technology and openness to become a technology haven and a hub for the world’s brightest english-speaking tech talent. Our economy has suffered setbacks recently due to the ills of the banking & property-related damage. But we can cure this damage by accelerating the development and the health of our already strong industries to re-create full employment and a rising economic tide.
To do this, we must open our hearts, our minds, and our country to the world’s brightest and best tech talent. An open Ireland, for a strong Ireland.
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