Irish employers look for cloud, cybersecurity, data analytics skills – reportBlathnaid O’Deaon April 12, 2022 at 09:58 Silicon RepublicSilicon Republic


Cloud computing, cybersecurity and data analytics are the most in-demand tech skills for Irish employers. That’s according to new research from Accenture.

The professional services company’s Ireland Talent Tracker assessed the skills of existing professionals as well as the skills required by employers across the nation. It searched for emerging technology and sustainability keywords on the LinkedIn Professional Network in early March 2022.

The tracker assessed skills required by existing roles and open positions. It queried nine skills areas: artificial intelligence, cloud computing, cyber security, data analytics, data ethics and responsibility, extended reality, quantum computing, robotics and sustainability.

The research found that workers with cloud skills were in the highest demand, with cloud skills appearing on 41pc of all technology jobs advertised. Cybersecurity skills came in second, at 21pc, followed by data analytics (18pc) and artificial intelligence (12pc).

Other emerging technology skills such as quantum computing, robotics, extended reality, and data ethics and responsibility featured in 7pc of job postings combined. There is currently around 15,000 job vacancies being advertised in these areas of emerging tech in Ireland.

According to Accenture’s data, more than 100,000 Ireland-based workers possess tech skills such as artificial intelligence, data analytics and quantum computing.

The research also claimed that a significant portion (40pc) of Ireland’s tech jobs are located outside of Dublin. This was attributed to the growth in new tech hubs nationwide. Outside the capital, the regions with the most tech job openings were Cork, Galway and Limerick, followed by Waterford. Demand for cybersecurity, cloud and data analytics experts was particularly high in these counties.

The vast majority (96pc) of all the jobs advertised by Irish employers are available across eight major hubs – Cork, Dublin, Galway, Kildare, Limerick, Waterford, Westmeath and Sligo.

Two thirds (66.6pc) of the technology and sustainability talent pool reside in these counties. Dublin has the highest demand for jobs in these areas, with 60pc of the advertised roles based there. Just 12pc of technology job postings were being advertised as remote first.

“As the workplace evolves, we need to regularly review how we are building and supporting Ireland’s greatest asset – our people and our talent. It’s imperative to help people build skills that can be adapted to what’s next. The pandemic saw many Irish organisations invest heavily in their technology capabilities, which means that they are now looking for professionals to help them embrace the next wave of change, with a focus on technologies such as cloud and artificial intelligence, and rapidly emerging trends like the metaverse,” said Alastair Blair, country managing director of Accenture in Ireland.

Antony Keane, strategy and consulting lead, Accenture in Ireland, advised “The research shows that cloud computing skills are in particularly high demand, with the number of current open roles climbing close to the total talent pool with that skillset. Given the exceptional demand from employers, technology employees should consider upskilling or reskilling in this area.”

“Similarly, global and local developments have put sustainability top of mind for organisations and individuals alike, so it’s not surprising to see that there is significant demand for sustainability-focused roles, and this is likely to only increase in the future.”

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