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Ireland — Canada is the latest destination for Irish temporary workers

21 September 2009

The 'working abroad' jobs trade fair, which took place in Dublin over the weekend had a strong focus on job offers in Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Organiser Stephen McLarnon told the Irish Independent, "we used to be called the 'Down-Under expo' (refers to Australia and New Zealand) but we broadened our remit to include Canada because there is such interest in that country at the moment."

Mairead Fleming, Director at Irish recruitment agency Brightwater said, "Canada is where I would emigrate if I had to. Canada is very big right now. It hasn't been affected by the worldwide recession in the way that Ireland and the UK have been. There are lots of engineering roles there. The banking sector is very stable."

"There are plenty of opportunities for accountants and that is good news for people who worked in 'the big four' firms here and who didn't get their contracts renewed. Electricians are being employed on a 'fly in, fly out' basis where they are working on projects for eight week periods at any one time."

Stephen McLarnon says further, "the Canadian ambassador to Ireland, Patrick Binns has spoken about Canada's need for more than 200,000 skilled immigrants and there is a lot of Irish interest in that country right now, particularly among white collar workers."

Working abroad is most likely to appeal to job seekers who are aged between 25 and 34. Piaras Mac Einri, Director of the Irish Centre for Migration Studies at University College Cork said, "culturally speaking and historically, we have been one of the most mobile of peoples and that continues to be reflected with the economic situation today."

"However, people are less likely to emigrate once they pass their mid 30s, as they will often have put down strong family and other roots by this stage in their lives."



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