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Cork’s ICT sector has potential to double workforce

Wednesday, 4th October, 2017 9:58am

Cork’s information and communications technology (ICT) sector has potential for exponential growth, according to a new survey.

The ICT sector can potentially double its 14,000 strong workforce already in Cork according to non-for-profit organisation it@cork. It@cork is the ICT sector representative body for over 200 companies in IT-related sectors in the region.

The organisation is highlighting Cork’s attributes as an IT hub in advance of its Annual IT Leaders Awards event taking place in the Maryborough Hotel in Cork on 20 October.

Caroline O’Driscoll, Chair of it@cork, explained: “Cork’s success in developing a world-renowned technological hub through both commerce and academia should be celebrated. At our Leaders Awards, we want to put the spotlight on Cork and show exactly what the sector has achieved and most importantly what is to come. We have the talent and without doubt the drive to succeed. Based on recent growth we believe that Cork’s tech workforce could replicate that success again and double in the next 5-10 years.”

Ms O’Driscoll went on to say: “Cork has a proven track record as an international location for investment with strong clusters of investment in ICT, life sciences and global business services.”

As a university city with over 35,000 students Cork boasts a ready supply of skills across many sectors. The city is home to over 60 international technology companies covering internet circuit design, manufacturing, software development and cybersecurity.

It@cork also revealed Cork has seen a 63 per cent growth in employment in IDA supported tech companies alone in the last five years. The company’s survey also showed 86 per cent of Cork tech companies surveyed are planning employment growth in next three years.

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