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37% of jobseekers have considered leaving Cork to work

Wednesday, 14th November, 2018 4:56pm

While thousands of jobs have been created in Cork over the last number of years, 37 per cent of jobseekers in Cork have considered leaving the city in order to secure employment, according to a new survey.

While there are available roles in Cork, many are very specialised and some jobseekers continue to find it hard to get work.

The survey also found that more than half (53 per cent) of Cork jobseekers have applied for up to five jobs, a fifth have applied for more than five jobs, and 11 per cent have applied for more than 21 jobs!

The survey was conducted by Jobs Expo Cork which is taking place on Saturday 17 November in Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

Jobs Expo Cork said there will be hundreds of job opportunities across IT, STEM, retail, construction and engineering.

The research also sheds light on the prevalence of bullying in the workplace, with 43 per cent experiencing some form of bullying from mangers – but only 38 per cent lodging a complaint.

The research also found that:

- While 37 per cent have considered moving from Cork for work, a further 23 per cent say they might consider moving in the future.

- 66 per cent cited better employment opportunities as the main reason for moving, with 12 per cent wanting to be closer to family and friends.

- Of those that suffered workplace bullying, 71 per cent say the situation was not resolved to their satisfaction

- 48 per cent believe the economy is improving, but 47 per cent remain concerned about their children’s future employment prospects

The survey was carried out in October, with 61 per cent of the survey respondents originally from Cork; 19 per cent were from elsewhere in Ireland and 20 per cent from overseas.

Bronagh Cotter from Jobs Expo says: “Our survey results highlight some of the difficulties facing jobseekers in Cork in securing employment. People are often thinking about new employment options at this time of year, and events like Jobs Expo Cork allow them to access all kinds of useful information in one convenient location.

“Anyone attending will have the chance to speak directly to leading employers in the region and find out all everything they need to know to find the role that suits their requirements.”

Jobs Expo Cork will feature some of the largest employers in Ireland and showcase hundreds of active job opportunities.

It is a free event that will feature leading employers in the region, including: Aldi, Boston Scientific, Brightwater, eir, Johnson & Johnson, Marriott International, Poppulo, Quest Software, Tesco and Zevas.

Attendees will have the opportunity to chat to representatives from each employer to discuss the options available at each company. Jobs Expo Cork will also have a range of dedicated zones such as:

- The Jobs Lab – medtech and STEM jobs

- The Digital City – opportunities for computer and IT specialists

- The Mall – jobs in sales, retail and related areas

- Go Global – career opportunities overseas

- The Campus – education, training and upskilling opportunities

- The Building Site – opportunities in construction, engineering and related trades

- There will also be a general jobs area with employers that do not fall into any of the above categories

The Agenda Stage at Jobs Expo Cork will host talks on a variety of topics including: how to gain a competitive advantage, upskilling to work in the pharmaceutical, medtech and food sectors and many other topics.

Start your own business experts will also be available to offer advice and support networks.

The Google Digital Garage will also offer attendees the opportunity to meet with professional development coaches who can help candidates with crucial issues such as CV and cover letter preparation and presentations for the workplace.

Cork Jobs Expo is on Saturday 17 November at Páirc Uí Chaoimh from 10am-4pm.

Admission is free, for more details, see

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