How to: Finding work in Cork

Cork is Ireland’s second largest city, and another major economic area with plentiful employment opportunities. Each year more and more professionals have chosen to find a job in Cork. This port city offers many career options to foreign workers thanks to its growing industries.

Cork’s economy
Ireland’s second biggest economic hub of Cork is currently booming. The unemployment rate is a low 6.4%, and there are currently over 250,000 people working there. The average salary is €34,029, though many fields can pay much more. With its university and international companies, the city is home to many highly skilled people.

Sitting on one of the largest natural harbours in the world, Cork is traditionally a port town with many industrial jobs, however this has changed in recent years with some of the top multinational companies moving in and becoming major employers. Like Dublin, Cork has attracted its own share of tech businesses, with the main player being Apple. The computer and phone company is one of, if not the, biggest employer in the city. Some of the companies headquartered in Dublin also have satellite offices in Cork, like Amazon.

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Cork is a pharmaceutical and healthcare-manufacturing hub as well, hosting Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and Novartis, among others. It also has its own small financial sector, and is aiming to increase this post-Brexit when many financial companies currently based in London will need to find a new place for their European headquarters.

The port area of Cork also offers employment, as do the many hospitality and tourism sectors. In fact, tourism was the largest area of employment in the city until recently thanks to the nearby Blarney Castle and Blarney Stone. Outside of town there are also opportunities in the oil industry.

Job-hunting in Cork
There is a plethora of ways to go about finding work in Cork. If you already work for a company like Apple or Johnson & Johnson, check with HR and see if the Cork office might have opportunities for you. If you do not work for a multinational but the idea of that appeals to you, check their websites directly for any available positions and get in touch. If you prefer for someone to act on your behalf, contact a recruitment agency within Cork for advice and see if they might have anything that matches your situation. LinkedIn and job websites are also good resources to see what’s out there.

If you are already in Cork, local newspapers, notice boards, and old-fashioned word of mouth are all good ways to find out about open roles. Be sure to have an updated CV and cover letter ready to go in case opportunity arises. Networking events and meet-ups are also great ways to seek employment, as well as connect with other jobseekers.

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