Talent Map showcases Wexford’s range of Employment Skills
Wexford Local Enterprise Office, Abodoo and Bank of Ireland are hosting an event this morning Friday 1 February 2019 in The Hatch Lab in Gorey to demonstrate and share how companies can embrace flexible working. The event includes the launch by Abodoo of a talent heat map, specially commissioned by Wexford County Council, which showcases the wealth and breadth of talent available across Wexford and the immediate surrounding area.
Wexford County Council is keen to highlight the skills and experience available in the area for a number of reasons, not least to improve the local job prospects by promoting the number and quality of professionals across all disciplines looking to work locally to employers looking for new talent pools.
The recently published talent heat map indicates the variety and seniority of the skills available. There are more than 60,000 working adults in the region. From the information gathered in creating the heatmap this breaks down into some interesting facts.
• 9,000 professionals in administration roles
• 8,400 in customer services
• 7,800 in computing and IT
• 4,800 in marketing
• 3,600 in financial services.
The study also highlighted qualified solicitors, accountants, and senior level professionals located in the region. The numbers and diverse experiences are good reason in themselves for businesses to look to Wexford when sourcing talent. Add to that the indisputable fact that the cost of living is lower than the city of Dublin, with affordable housing and the added benefit that smartwork brings in terms of health, well being and impact on the environment.
The conclusion is that adopting a smartworking model is a very attractive proposition. The average business can save more than €11,000 on average, per employee when operating a smartworking policy (reduced overheads including city rentals, employee parking, sickness, absence and improved attrition).
Abodoo are thought leaders of SmartWorking - the combined use of technology and connectivity to enable employees to work flexibly - part-home, part-office, remotely from co-working hubs nationwide. Vanessa Tierney – Co founder of Abodoo and Smartworking thought leader commented:
“As Ireland nears full employment, here at Abodoo we believe that smartworking is the answer to addressing some of the country’s skills shortages. This is where Wexford talent becomes really attractive to businesses looking to expand and to increase their talent pool.
Home, flexible and hub based working makes economic and environmental sense and can vastly improve the quality of life for workers. Businesses now understand that SmartWorking can lead to cost-savings, better retention levels, higher rates of employee satisfaction. From the employee’s perspective, they can save travel costs, as well as hundreds of hours of travel time and the stress of a daily commute”.
Tom Banville, Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office Wexford is keen to showcase the regional talent.
“Employers and employees alike are now actively seeking smartworking options and Abodoo is working with us here in Wexford to highlight this. A key focus for us is to encourage employers to look for their talent here in Wexford and the surrounding areas. It’s a diverse community in terms of skills and experience. Locally we have people actively registering to work here, lose their commute, spend more time with their families and friends and contributing to our local economy, rather than travelling into Dublin and other cities for work. And with increased availability of superfast broadband and local business hubs such as the HatchLab in Gorey – there really is no good reason why they can’t do exactly that.’
For further information / interviews please contact:
Louise O’Conor, Chief Digital Officer, Abodoo
Tom Banville, Head of Enterprise, Wexford County Council
Notes to Editors:
Abodoo is the only free-to-access, career matching platform that provides remote and flexible career opportunities. The platform was built with both the employer and employee in mind and uses algorithms to ensure both candidates and businesses see only the best results. Abodoo has a wealth of features, including:
• Easy and intuitive profile creation and resume builder;
• Unique match results personalised for each candidate;
• Anonymity until you are selected by an employer, enabling candidates to apply in confidence;
• The option to save favourites and delete roles you don’t want to see again;
• A home broadband speed test; and
• Tips and information from recruitment experts.
Employers and those seeking flexible and remote careers can register now at www.abodoo.com.
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*Smartworking definition: Combining the Use of Technology and Connectivity with the flexibility and agility for employees to work partly or full time, outside of a centralised office (Remote – Co-working – Hybrid – Fulltime - Flexible)