A national recruitment day aimed at offering jobs to people home for the festive season is to take place on December 29.
The recruitment day, which will be held in four different locations including Galway, is part of the ‘Home for Work’ campaign, which has been launched by its ambassador Hector Ó hEochagáin.
“This is a really important campaign. After having travelled across the globe for years and met Irish people working abroad, we have to let these talented, skilled professionals know the country has turned the lights back on and that work and good jobs are out there once more,” said Mr Ó hEochagáin.
“Let’s hope the country has turned the economic bend again and the road ahead looks good. We need to entice our Irish Home for Work, for their families and for their country.”
Recruitment events will be held at the same time (from 10am to 1pm ) in Galway, Sligo, Athlone, and Cork on December 29.
The events are being run by Recruitment and HR Services Group Collins McNicholas, whose experts will be on hand to offer advice as well as job opportunities to people considering returning home.
Collins McNicholas will be recruiting for a range of roles including Science Professionals, Engineers, Accountants, IT Specialists, Human Resource Professionals, Administration, Sales & Marketing.
Attendees are asked to bring their CVs so they can be matched with opportunities available. There will also be advice on other aspects of settling back into living in Ireland – from tips on the property market to banking options.
The events are aimed at Irish people living in Canada, Australia, the EU, the US and across the world who have been considering making the move back home.
According to the Central Statistics Office (CSO ), the number of immigrants with Irish nationality in the year to April 2016 increased by more than 74 per cent on the previous 12 months.
Michelle Murphy, Director Collins McNicholas said: “This is the time of year when people feel the pull to come home and they start to wonder if there are alternative opportunities at home”.
“Many people who are considering coming home for good are those who have been living and working abroad for a few years, they might now want to settle permanently and feel they want to settle back home.”
“We held a smaller event in Galway last year aimed at people home for Christmas and it was a huge success. We felt there was a need this year to expand the event nationally.”
The events will take place from 10am to 1pm on December 29 at the Harbour Hotel in Galway; the Glasshouse Hotel in Sligo, the Maryborough Hotel in Cork, and the Sheraton Hotel in Athlone.
Fiona Collery and her husband, David, are an example of a couple who have finally made the move home to live and work.
Originally from Sligo, Fiona had been working in Dublin when herself and David, then her boyfriend, had to emigrate during the downturn in 2009. They moved to Kent with the intention of staying for two years.
“Time just ticked on. We got married and before we knew it, we were there five years. When we had our son, Sean, in April 2015, we knew we finally wanted to realise our dream to come home,” says Fiona.
“Things have changed since we left Ireland. The salaries are not as high as in the UK and the USC and property taxes had been introduced. But the real difference is the family support, the quality of life and the non-existent traffic. You couldn’t buy those things.”
David is now working as a lecturer in Galway Mayo Institute of Technology and Fiona is Payroll Manager for Collins McNicholas.
“I had been working as a financial accountant in Kent and went to Collins McNicholas to see what was available. They came back to me quite quickly to say they had an internal job if I was interested in that. It was a good position and in my hometown of Sligo so I was delighted.”