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ICT sector eyeing major growth

Wednesday, 4th October, 2017 5:53pm

The ICT sector can potentially double its 14,000 strong workforce already in Cork according to non-for-profit organisation it@cork. 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 five-ten years.”

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

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