“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 ...
Sean O’Sullivan took to the airwaves last week (4th of July, 2012), when he appeared on the ‘Coleman At Large’ show on Newstalk. During the interview Sean explained how the economy would benefit if we open our borders to the world’s top technology talent and extolled his belief that Ireland can become the “Silicon Valley of Europe”. “The challenge for us in the high tech sector is to develop a more qualified country of people who are going through second and third level education,” explained Sean on the show. “Creating
100,000 jobs is a big but realistic target and we could do it in 1-3 years. That would make a huge dent in the live register if we can achieve that. “This is a very achievable target. The head of the IDA Barry O’Leary said that 13,000 jobs could have been created here in 2011 if the IT skills were available and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.”
When asked by presenter, Marc Coleman, how this is possible Sean explained the current growth in the manufacturing sector. “The
drag us kicking and screaming out of unemployment and onto the path to recovery. “The goal is that if you can fill all of these positions, which haven’t been filled due to a lack of skilled labours, you can generate five times as many jobs. There will be 20,000 openings in the next year in the high tech sector.”
Marc queried if there would be jobs for Irish people too or just the skilled workers that come in.“In the short term, the majority of jobs are going to have to be filled by talent from overseas,” answered Sean but “If we can fill these positions it will generate the jobs for the retailers, the butchers and the bakers. “People want to come to Ireland from all over the world. If we can get some of the top graduates from the top Universities in the world, that will make a huge difference to the Irish economy. Right now we are not doing a good job of letting them in. We are holding back the acceleration our high tech sector is trying to achieve. “We have ten of the top tech companies in the world here. We even have indigenous companies that are trying to grow but can’t find the talent. One of the things that makes America great is the huge amount of cultures from all around the world.”
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