This is a very brief summary that many will no doubt disagree with of what different sized companies are looking for.
What are startups and medium-sized tech companies looking for?
Irish tech companies almost always seek first to build their technology products in country. This means that that they do almost all their product design, R&D, prototyping, and development processes near where they’re headquartered. As we shared, this often leads to technology skills and software developers being in high demand.
While there is demand for good UI/UX and product management, the real bottleneck is in finding highly skilled software architects or senior developers. Languages like Java and .Net are probably more popular here than in some other tech clusters. Ruby on Rails and Python are becoming increasingly popular.
Great sales and marketing people to sell the product will always be in strong demand.
What are multinational companies looking for?
Large multinational companies normally have a technology product built somewhere else. They generally establish in Ireland to sell and support into Europe.
It’s no surprise then that sales and support related skills are in high demand in Ireland. Languages in high-demand are generally Norther European – especially German, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish. Nearly anyone with these native languages and some tech experience should be able to find a great role with a large company. Companies are increasingly reaching into markets from Ireland creating demand for languages such as Russian, Turkish and Hebrew.
That’s not to say that multinationals don’t develop their software products in Ireland. Many do. Microsoft, for example, has an enormous appetite for the best coders, software developers, QA engineers, etc. Google and others do as well.
What many companies wish for
The growth in big data creates a tremendous demand pressure for matlab, R, Python and hadoop skills. A concentration of big data scientists in Ireland’s growing tech cluster is leading to increased skill specialisation and great working conditions for qualified professionals.