Working in technology
Working in technology

Working in Technology

Working in technology

The demand for talent in the technology sector continues to grow as the industry evolves and new areas requiring specialised skill sets emerge. These areas include cyber security, data, robotics, software engineering, digital, AI and ML (Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning), and IoT (Internet of Things), among others. With these changes come new opportunities for skilled professionals to develop unique and rewarding careers.

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Robin Craig Director, Cpl Technology

Robin leads the Cpl Technology permanent recruitment division. This team includes specialist Technology recruitment teams across the following verticals - Software Development & Engineering, Data Analytics & Business Intelligence, Infrastructure, Cybersecurity & IT Risk, Business Analysis, PMO & Change Management, QA, Test & Automation, Emerging Technologies - AI, Blockchain, IoT and Immersive Technology and Digital & User Experience (UX, UI).

Robin Craig Director, Cpl Technology

What are the best pathways to a career in technology?

The most effective way to enter a career in technology is through university-level education, including undergraduate and postgraduate courses. To address the shortage of local talent in the sector, Ireland has established several new colleges focused on technology across the country. Additionally, internships and training programs can provide valuable experience and upskilling opportunities - especially those offered by Skillnet Ireland, IBEC, the Dublin Chamber, and professional organisations. The Irish government is also increasing funding for those interested in transitioning into the technology industry.

What are the top soft skills needed for a career in technology?

Effective communication and writing skills are crucial for success in the technology industry, especially as more teams work remotely or in hybrid environments. In flexible settings, individuals must effectively present and articulate their work in daily meetings, sprints, and project updates.

What benefits can technology candidates expect to be offered?

Technology professionals can expect a comprehensive benefits package, including medical insurance, employer pension plans and an annual bonus. Some companies may also offer equity for senior roles.

What's the difference between SMB and enterprise benefit offerings in technology?

Enterprise-level technology employers often offer more robust benefits and perks. Some enterprise organisations may require employees to work longer hours, compared to SMBs in the sector, to accommodate collaboration with colleagues in different time zones.

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What flexible working arrangements can a technology candidate expect?

Many technology employers offer a hybrid work arrangement with employees working from home two days per week and coming into the office for the remainder of the week. A fully remote working environment, where employees are only required to visit the office a few times per month, is highly desirable in the sector.

How does company size affect technology salaries?

Smaller technology employers may be unable to match larger enterprises' salaries and benefits due to budget constraints. However, they may offer more opportunities for career development and growth.

How does higher education or other learning and development affect technology salaries?

​Salaries in technology-related fields are determined primarily by an individual's experience and expertise. While further academic qualifications can be beneficial, they may not necessarily secure higher salary offers from potential employers.

What are the expected salary growth levels in technology?

​Technology sector salaries are predicted to experience an advantageous growth trajectory. Small-to-medium business employees can expect a five to ten per cent annual increase. At the same time, those working in larger organisations may anticipate up to fifteen per cent per year.

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