Career Zoo presents: Tech On The Wild Atlantic Way!

Sep 20 2018

It’s the Wired Atlantic Way! A tech train is heading West for a special recruitment drive 

  • Cost of living and more affordable lifestyles are a big draw for job seekers
  • Hundreds of well-salaried positions available across a range of tech and biotech roles in West, North West and Midlands 

A major tech and biotech recruiting event hosted by Career Zoo is taking place in Sligo this October. The aim is to connect employers with world-class tech talent who are interested in working and living in the West, North West and Midlands.

Tech and biotech workers are increasingly finding themselves priced out of the housing market in Dublin and the east coast, with soaring rents and house prices gobbling up their disposable income and contributing to a poorer quality of life.

Towns outside of Dublin have enjoyed a string of new high-end jobs announcements in recent months. Tech and biotech professionals are drawn to the cheaper cost of living along the Atlantic coast and in the Midlands and a fast-growing tech scene.

With more people seeking a better work/life balance, employers are looking at new, more attractive options to make direct, high-value hires and access new talent pools.

Over 500 experienced tech and biotech candidates are expected to join the ‘Tech on the Wild Atlantic Way’ event at The Model, Sligo, on October 12, with a ‘Tech Train’ bringing interested job candidates to Sligo from Dublin and Mullingar and by coach from Galway.

The event is supported by employers from across the West, North West and Midlands including Abbvie, Abbott, Pramerica, Sligo-based US technology firm Overstock, Athlone-based pharma company PPD as well as IDA Ireland which has held a number of successful Tech/Life Balance events.

Employers will be able to brief job seekers face-to-face on a string of vacancies across a range of roles including Back-End, Front-end, Biotech, Medtech, Fintech, IoT, Data, Cyber, AI, DevOps, VR & AR.

As well as landing salaries that can compare with Dublin, candidates making a move further West can also look forward to a drastic reduction in household spending: average rents in Sligo, for example, are €794 per month* compared to an average of just over €1,500 a month in Dublin – and often much higher. In the Midlands, an average three-bed semi in Athlone costs €185,000 compared to €440,000 in Dublin.

Commenting, Career Zoo Director Brian O'hOisin said:

Now is the time to act. There can be no doubt that the tech, biotech and data scene in the West, North West and Midlands is growing quickly with employers seeking the very best talent available. Sligo, where the ‘Tech on the Wild Atlantic Way’ event will take place, is a great example of this trend. The event offers an incredible opportunity for an employer to grow their teams and gain access to an invaluable pipeline of tech candidates attracted to living and working in these vibrant regions.” 

Lucia Macari of US technology company Overstock, which has a number of tech vacancies at its European base in Sligo, said:

Outside of Dublin, there are many fantastic high-tech job opportunities with great companies and an unbeatable quality of life. At Overstock in Sligo we have a diverse range of open positions including Machine Learning, Blockchain and full stack roles.”

Register for the event here

Keep an eye out for more updates coming soon!