Most sectors in the Irish economy have been badly hit but not the IT sector. It is positively booming. Indeed there are 4,000 to 5,000 unfilled jobs in the sector.

In the past 4 years, average wages in Ireland have gone down by 1% on average. I’m sure that self-employed tradesmen will tell you that their rates have gone down by much more than that. Indeed, from my experience, rates for tradesmen around here are down about a third.

However, in the IT sector, wages have gone up by 11% on average over the past 4 years. There are more jobs than there are people to fill them which is causing wages to rise. It’s quite a sector to be in.

IT Degree

Youngsters who have got degrees but not got jobs should think about doing an IT degree. Those going to university should think about doing an IT related course.

If I had advice to give it would be to take an IT degree that has maybe some business knowledge attached to it.

It’s a shame when so many of our youngsters are now working at the very ends of the earth, to make some money, that there is a sector here where there are 4,000 to 5,000 unfilled jobs. Even many of those jobs that are filled are filled by foreigners as they can’t get enough people with the right IT skills in Ireland.

Think about that!