Government of Canada announce overhaul of Temporary Foreign Workers Program

TweetOn Friday last (June 20), the government of Canada announced that there would be significant changes and restructuring of the Temporary Foreign Workers Program (TFWP). Changes There will be notable changes to temporary foreign workers’ work application procedures. For one, the TFWP will only include streams in need of government approval of jobs offered by Canadian employers. This will come in the form of a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) – formally known as a Labour Market Opinion (LMO) – will be much more comprehensive than the outgoing LMO. In addition, there will also be new assessment criteria. While the LOM process classified workers based on their occupation, the LIMA […]

EY report predicts 2014 will be ‘milestone’ year in Ireland’s economic recovery

TweetThe Irish economy will continue its revival in 2014, with GDP increasing from -0.3pc in 2013 to 2.0pc in 2014. This is according to EY’s Economic Eye Summer 2014 report, which also forecasts that GNP will hot 3.3 per cent this year. A number of positive factors have contributed to EY’s forecast, including the country’s exit from the Troika bailout, its re-entering the international financial markets and its improved international credit rating. ‘2014 looks set to be a significant milestone in Ireland’s nascent economic revival – before now, the recovery has been two-track, with economic growth chiefly being driven by the export and FDI sectors,’ said Mike McKerr, managing partner […]

PayPal to add 400 new jobs to its Dundalk operations centre

TweetPayPal, the world’s most well-known online payments company, has announced the creation of 400 new jobs at its European Operations Centre in Dundalk. The new positions – which include customer solutions, risk operations, telesales and merchant service – will supplement the 1000 jobs that the company announced back in 2012. Since it was founded in 1998, PayPal has grown its account members to over 45 million worldwide. It currently employs 2,169 people in Ireland, and estimates that this number will increase to around 2,900 by 2018. ‘This is great news for Dundalk and the North East region’, said Louise Phelan, vice president of global operations for EMEA for PayPal. ‘Dundalk […]

Three companies to create a total of 500 new jobs in Ireland

,

TweetFollowing on from recent announcements that Ireland’s unemployment rate has fallen and its tax yield increased over the last three months, there was further positivity as 500 new jobs were created across three companies. Ryanair has announced that it will generate up to 200 IT jobs in Dublin, specifically in the areas of technology, software development and digital marketing. A further 200 were announced in the pharmaceutical sector as Alexion is to create 200 jobs in Blanchardstown, Co Dublin as part of an expansion of its Irish operations which will also include a €75m investment in a new global supply chain facility. Finally, Pepper Asset Servicing also announced the creation […]

Working in Canada: Share what you know about it

TweetCanada has proven to be one of the most popular locations for Irish emigrants over the past number of years. With some of the world’s most rugged natural beauty, bustling metropolitan city centres and – perhaps most crucially – a thriving jobs market, the country’s allure to those thinking about a move abroad looks set to continue into the foreseeable future. Unfortunately such popularity comes at a cost as the number of Canadian working holiday visas made available to Irish nationals is limited, and so the demand often exceeds the supply. We need only look at last year’s numbers to be convinced of this. Some 6,000 visas were made available. […]

Ireland ranked world’s best for inward investment quality and value

TweetOnly a week after being named the ‘best place in the world’ to do business by Forbes magazine, Ireland has now ranked first in the world for inward investment by quality and value and first in Europe for the number of investment jobs per capita. The latest accolades appeared in the IBM Global Location Trends report, the purpose of which is to analyse key trends in the locations that corporations select to do business, along with foreign investment. The news was greeted enthusiastically by the CEO of IDA Ireland, Barry O’Leary: ‘I am pleased to see Ireland continuing to be the top performer in the world for quality and value of […]