The Irish Executive Abroad – Report

The Irish Executive Abroad – Report

For our latest report we’ve spoken to more than 500 Irish professionals working around the world to gauge their desire to come home to work.

The Irish Executive Abroad reveals a large cohort of diaspora talent primed to return to Ireland, highlighting a significant opportunity for Irish-based companies which are looking to attract top talent for roles here. The Irish Executive Abroad polled over 500 Irish professionals around the world and was conducted by Amárach Research on behalf of MERC Partners.

The study shows that while many of these executives left Ireland during the recession to explore career opportunities in a range of sectors worldwide, three quarters want to come home in the future, with one fifth searching for jobs weekly as they maintain strong connections with Ireland.  However, many of these professionals highlight certain aspects of life in Ireland that are potential barriers to them returning in the short term.

Among the key findings are:

  • Three quarters of respondents want to come home in the future, with one fifth searching for jobs weekly as they maintain strong connections with Ireland.
  • Of those which plan to be back in Ireland by 2028, a large number of respondents have children under the age of 18.
  • High personal taxation, concerns about investment in healthcare services, scarce housing supply and infrastructure issues are the key barriers to Irish professionals returning home to work in the short term.
  • 25% of respondents say investment for improvements in the Irish health system would entice them home, while three quarters believe the health system where they currently live is better than Ireland’s.
  • 45% of respondents based in the UK are more likely to return to Ireland as a result of Brexit.

The full report can be accessed here.