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Ireland needs about 20,000 green experts

Dublin: IDA Ireland’s latest labour market survey shows that Ireland will need to employ up to 20,000 employees in the sustainable environment sector over the next few years.

According to the most recent Labor Market Pulse, demand for workers in the so-called “green talent” category is increasing as each company considers it their responsibility to take on jobs that focus on sustainability and achieving climate goals.

In 2021, 13% of LinkedIn members in Ireland will be considered “green talent,” a figure that has risen in recent years. While the majority of the new sustainability-focused jobs are in fields such as compliance managers or data entry, scientists are more likely to find jobs in fields with a greater emphasis on sustainability.

To support a leading green economy, it is estimated that the Irish economy will need to add 20,000 jobs by 2030.

“We welcome the increase in green talent and companies focusing on sustainability,” said Mary Buckley, interim CEO of IDA Ireland.

“Despite global economic uncertainty, it’s encouraging to see the hiring rate of green talent nearly double since 2016, reflecting the importance of sustainability,” said James O’Connor, Microsoft Ireland site lead and vice president of Microsoft International Operations. He stated.

In another Microsoft Ireland report, only 9% of Irish businesses are considered sustainable green businesses. The latest labour market survey shows that this is more likely in the future.

Sharon McCooey, head of LinkedIn Ireland, said a marked shift towards green skills and jobs was already underway. Sh e also stated that Irish businesses will need to hire more people to meet the demand for green skills.

Reduction in hiring rates.

Hiring rates have fallen from post-pandemic highs, according to the survey.

A study published in partnership with Microsoft and LinkedIn shows that the hiring rate in October 2022 is 12.7% lower than in October 2021.

The 2022 figure, on the other hand, is higher than the October 2019 and 2020 hiring rates.

“There are many challenges facing the global economy; however, the report suggests that Ireland will face all the challenges with high job opportunities, strong economic growth, and strong public finances.”

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