Open roles across industries in Ireland


We took a sample of industries in Ireland and looked at the number of open roles available as per If you are considering studying in Ireland and working here after you should be aware of which industries have a high demand for candidates.

Good News

The top 5 industries looking for candidates are:

  1. Finance
  2. Software Engineering
  3. Project Management
  4. Marketing
  5. Accounting

If you have skills and experience in these industries you are likely to find a job in Ireland. In a recent post we discussed 10 companies currently hiring in Dublin. 8 of the 10 companies we profiled can be regarded as technology companies. Some included: Google, Facebook, Amazon and Tiktok.

It’s important that if you are considering coming to Ireland to study and hopefully find a job after you are aware of what industries have a strong demand for candidates. You don’t want to be in the situation after spending a significant amount of money studying you are unable to find a job to help you pay back any money you borrowed.

Bad News

Some of the worst industries of those we profiled are:

  1. Interior Design
  2. Journalism
  3. Graphic Design

Given the current restrictions in Ireland there will also be a very low demand for candidates in the hospitality & retail sector. Previously, it was always very easy for students to find roles working in pubs, cafes and shops. Due to the current environment, the demand for candidates in these sectors will be very low. It’s important you consider the fact the during your studies you may not be able to find a part-time job.


Bear in mind in the graph above we are only showing the total number of roles listed. To understand the probability if you will find a job you need to also consider the number of people available for those jobs. For example, there maybe a low number of foreign language roles available. But there are not many native English speakers who speak a second language fluently. So the number of people available for those jobs is relatively low. In Ireland there is always a demand for Dutch, German and Nordic speakers for sales and customer service roles.

We didn’t look at every industry. There are other industries which can have a lower number of roles than those listed. The point of this article is to check the jobs which are available in your industry before you decide on your course. If there is a low level of demand for people with your skill set you should consider a different course or a different country.