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Irish Talent Shortages Deepen as Firms Suffer Worst Talent Shortage in a Decade.

Published on: 11 Feb 2020

Now in its 13th year, the Talent Shortage Survey finds that from over 1,000 employers across Ireland, the Skilled Trades sector (electricians, welders & mechanics) is suffering the most acute talent shortage. Sales & Marketing (sales reps/managers, graphic designers) remain the second hardest positions to fill, consistent with 2018; while the Office Support sector (administrative assistants, PAs, receptionists) rises in the talent shortage rankings from eighth in 2018 up to third hardest to fill roles this year.


The skills gap increased by more than five times over the past decade; jumping from 5% in 2009 to 27% in the latest survey. Organisations with over 250 employees are experiencing the most notable skills deficits: 75% are unable to fill their open roles. Conversely, organisations with less than ten employees fare much better in the war for talent, with only 18% reporting difficulty in filling roles.

Click here to download the full Talent Shortage 2020 infographic.