Galway’s jobs market in 2015

The Galway Advertiser in connection with our classified website takes a look at the state of the jobs market in Galway since the beginning of 2015

The jobs market so far this year is very, very positive according to Niall Toland of HAYS Recruitment. Indeed he says when figures are compared to this time last year, there is a massive 135 per cent increase in the number of interviews the company has arranged for potential candidates. And to back this up, there is a 150 per cent increase in the number of jobs which HAYS has filled as opposed to January and February last year.

Mr Toland says there are increases in the creation of jobs across the board but he nominates the life sciences sector as being particularly busy. “The pharmaceutical and medical device companies are constantly expanding and looking for engineers. People do not think this, but it has an impact on the construction industry also, these buildings require constant maintenance and refurbishment. And there can be new units being developed constantly.”


Land Surveyor in Galway: Our Client is an engineering surveying company that is working on a large road project in Galway and is now seeking to recruit an experienced Land Surveyor. You will be required to have obtained a Third level land surveying qualification or engineering equivalent. To be considered for this position you should have experience of utilizing a broad variety of land surveying techniques on busy construction, rail and civil sites as well as being proficient in the use of GPS, fast static and RTK surveying techniques; robotic total stations and digital levels.

Quality Engineer: is required for this immediate opportunity at a well-known Galway manufacturing company. With a background in either the pharmaceutical or medical device industry, you will be required to support NPI projects as well as ensure the effective closure of all quality issues. You will have extensive experience in the areas of auditing, validation and risk management and be responsible for the generation of risk management plans, validation master plans and the execution of internal and external audits. Salary; €50,000 - €55,000. 

HAYS, 3a Commerce House, Flood St. (091 ) 513 800,


Ronan O’Sullivan of Cpl says the announcement by Apple that it is constructing a data centre in Athenry is very exciting. He believes it will lead to more multi-national companies taking note of the move and considering the west of ireland as a potential location. “The arrival of Apple is very interesting. In reality, a data centre can be run with a very low number of employees. But the construction element will create a lot of jobs, we will be seeking out who is building the centre and targeting them as a client. There is no doubt that Apple is watched, others will now question why they made this move and look at what the west has to offer. It is hoped this announcement will lead to some more significant companies coming to the area down the line.”

Mr O’Sullivan says it is also very positive that local, home-grown companies like Lifes 2 Good and Blue Tree Systems are creating jobs. “These are both very progressive companies with excellent growth potential. There is a good mix of roles available at Lifes 2 Good in customer service, graphics, marketing and office admin. Blue Tree Systems is an IT company with roles available in areas like software engineering, Java development and technical support.”


DevOps Solution Lead: will be responsible for the overall day to day operations of managing a cloud collaboration service including monitoring, incident resolution, problem management, configuration and change management, deployment automation, security management and monitoring, capacity planning, availability management, and routine update of services. The Galway based company is at the forefront of technical innovation and provides a lot of opportunities to develop your coding, automation, networking and virtualization skills, and liaise with other business units within the group.

Customer Service role: Electronics company is currently seeking to recruit an experienced [3+ years] candidate for a six month customer service role based in Co Galway. The role will involve preparation of daily shipping paperwork, customer interface with purchase order and forecasts information and ensuring all products are shipped in accordance with customer requirements.

Cpl Recruitment Galway, 3 Merchants Rd. (091 ) 507 500,


Michelle Murphy of Collins McNicholas says there has been an increase in activity from the multinationals to the SMEs and that seeing smaller companies expanding is always a good barometer of the market in general. Ms Murphy says there has been a major increase in the number of permanent IT roles on offer since the beginning of the year. “We have had about 20 new jobs on offer in the western region in the last few weeks. These jobs are attractive for people working on contract who may want some stability. As always there has been plenty of movement in the technical engineering side, which points the finger to companies working on new products and processes. We are also working with a company in Limerick which has about 12 biopharmaceutical roles, for people with a very specific skillset.”

JOBS OF THE WEEK at Collins McNicholas:

IT Technician: Exciting role based in Galway. Key duties include; the maintenance and upkeep of all IT equipment and infrastructure; hardware, software & telecommunications. Ensure that software licenses and equipment warranty are current. Maintenance and support for all back office software, such as, MS Exchange, Active directory, security applications e.g. biometric access system and CCTV systems. Apply today on

Quality Engineer: A local Medical Device company is looking for a suitably qualified and experienced candidates to take on a 12 month contract to help with their expansion and new product introductions. Key skills required are 3- 5 years relevant experience in similar industries, good understanding of Quality Systems, strong documentation background and flexibility to be able to move between areas inside in the company itself.

Collins McNicholas, Briarhill House, Briarhill Business Park. (091 ) 706 706


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