Ireland’s job market could actually benefit from Britain leaving the European Union, according to job search engine, Indeed.
It said its own research of 15 EU countries who were all members before the huge 2004 expansion, Europe on the Move, suggests Brexit could diminish Britain’s popularity among job seekers and help Irish employers attract even more top international talent. Ireland was second to Luxembourg as the most attractive location for job seekers, adjusted for population size, it said.
The UK is the most popular location and receives three times as much interest from EU jobs seekers as either of the next two most popular destinations, Germany and France, says the report.
It says Ireland attracts almost as many job seekers as Italy and Spain but Ireland has a higher number of people looking to work in other EU nations than looking to work in Ireland.
Irish people are the third biggest presence among job seekers in this country, reflecting proximity, linguistic and cultural ties, and the openness of the market to Irish workers.
Mariano Mamertino, economic research analyst at Indeed, said Ireland’s status as an English-speaking destination with a growing economy makes it attractive to international talent.
“It’s likely that a vote for Brexit would bolster Ireland’s attractiveness to talented workers looking for high quality roles within the European Union. Sectors like technology, pharmaceuticals and financial services would benefit from a larger pool of available candidates for whom a UK outside the European Union might be less accessible or less attractive,” he said.
“Of course, there is the important caveat that the improved talent pool may not offset the wider economic risks that Brexit poses to the Irish economy given the extensive trading relationship between the two countries,” Mr Mamertino added.
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