Computers & ICT


Working in Computers & ICT places you on the frontier of society, as a result it attracts innovators and those who love working with computers. The tech sector is dynamic and vibrant, but it can be demanding with the most appealing jobs requiring high skill levels in coding, hardware and data analysis. Tech companies often have informal work cultures but demand hard work and dedication in return. With technology driving change throughout society computer skills are now essential assets in any career.


  • communication
  • critical thinking
  • data analysis & statistics
  • design
  • education & training
  • electronics
  • manufacturing
  • maths
  • problem solving
  • problem solving
  • programming
  • project management
  • quality control
  • recording information
  • teamwork
  • technology
  • using computers

Key Facts

Computers & ICT
About This Sector

Labour Market & Jobs

The ICT sector is thriving and continues to experience skills shortages. A total of 115,300 worked in the ICT sector in Q4 2018, 5.1% of national employment. Of these, 66% were in computer programming. The rest worked in several other areas, including broadcasting and media. The number employed in the sector increased by 35% between 2013 and 2018. The developments outlined here drive demand for a wide range of cross-sector ICT skills, in particular:

  • Electronics engineers with strong core engineering skills to work as chip designers, test engineers, and application engineers
  • Research and Development skills to align the requirements of industry sectors such as automotive, healthcare and energy, with the changing ICT landscape

Reports consistently highlight difficulties in finding the right talent for the thousands of ICT vacancies in the sector, and the need for more students to undertake IT-related college programmes. Employers are interested in applicants who can display a wide range of transferable skills including flexibility, adaptability and motivation.

Computer science is in demand not just by technology companies, but by all companies whose success in the digital age increasingly relies on technological innovation, and across all departments within these companies, including operations, marketing, finance, and research.

Ireland’s ICT Skills Action Plan forecasts the demand for IT skills to be strong as organisations migrate to increasingly sophisticated online and/or cloud platforms. To meet this demand it is planning:

  • an expansion of the number of from graduates from computing and electrical/electronic engineering courses in higher education from 4,220 to 4,830 by 2022.
  • High level ICT apprenticeships are planned to provide people with a broader range of training options.
  • An ICT reskilling pathway which will offer a step forward to 2,750 people between 2018 and 2022.
Current Jobs