Cork | Cpl Salary Guide for Ireland
Cork | Cpl Salary Guide for Ireland

Cork 2024

15% Fewer People Would Turn Down a Role over Flexible Working Than Last Year

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What Sets Cork Apart?

Multiple Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and indigenous companies are located in Cork. This has created a thriving technology sector, which includes a burgeoning European cyber-security hub. As one of Europe's biggest manufacturing hubs for pharmaceuticals, biopharma, and medTech, Cork is home to seven of the world's largest global pharmaceutical companies. The city is also home to large Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) providers and houses the back-office functions for many international companies.

What Sets Cork Apart?

Cpl Cork

Cpl Cork has been serving the business communities of Cork, Waterford, and Kerry since 1999. Our team of highly experienced consultants specialise in permanent, temporary, and contract recruitment. We provide a range of tailored solutions across the full talent spectrum to meet the needs of our diverse customer base. We support businesses including start-ups, new entries to the regional market, and large multinational companies.

Our expertise covers a range of industries including Information Technology, Accounting, Finance, Customer Service, Office Support, Human Resources, Sales, Marketing, Supply Chain, Pharmaceutical, Engineering, and Construction.

 We use our local expertise and Cpl’s extensive reach to identify and attract top talent, driving our client's businesses forward.

At Cpl Cork, we understand the importance of finding the right talent for our clients and the right role for our candidates.

The Talent Market in Cork

Cork's pool of technology workers has been growing in recent times, with data showing the city is Ireland's leading destination for technology talent outside of Dublin. Cork is home to over 10,000 highly skilled and in-demand technology employees.


Ireland’s salary gap has recently narrowed, due to the increasing adoption of remote and hybrid working models. This has led to the reduction of any significant difference between salaries in Cork and Dublin. Cork is undeniably the more liveable city, owing to its lower cost of living.

Enterprise opportunities:

With over 194 Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) companies, Cork has become a viable alternative to Dublin when it comes to enterprise opportunities. Companies setting up bases in the city vary from established pharmaceutical and technology giants to small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and startups, eager to be part of the thriving economy.

The city has a notable buzz, evidenced by bustling networking events, consistent economic growth, and innovative public projects. With so many people and companies investing in Cork, there is no doubt this is one of Ireland's up-and-coming economic powerhouses and a great place to establish a business.

Career advancement:

Ireland's Industrial Development Agency (IDA), Cork Chamber of Commerce, and Enterprise Ireland are some of the FDI agencies offering pro bono support for companies to invest in Cork. Moreover, the city has had record-breaking foreign investment in recent years.

Quality of life:

Many companies operating in Cork have adopted hybrid or work-from-home (WFH) policies. Wellness has become central to career discussions, and companies prioritise good work-life balance initiatives to attract and retain talent.

Cork is a family-friendly and inclusive city with great amenities and career opportunities. Everything in Cork is a short drive from the bustling city centre, including beautiful beaches, landscapes, and parks. The city is renowned for its fabulous food and thriving cultural scene. There is also a great sporting culture in Cork that provides opportunities for newcomers to mix with the locals.

Cost of living:

The cost of living in Cork is 22% cheaper than in Dublin. The fact that Cork is only 2.5 hours away from Dublin makes it an excellent living destination for hybrid professionals working in Dublin.

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