Ireland has become the global technology hub of choice when it comes to attracting the strategic business activities of Information Communication Technologies (ICT) companies. We have become the heart of ICT in Europe. Companies like Google, Facebook, eBay, PayPal, Microsoft and more have their EU headquarters located here. Demand for graduates is at an all time high, giving graduates endless opportunities to get a job right out the door! Business & Finance reported in 2019 that the ICT sector will need 70,000 new workers over the next five years. A report done by the Central Statistics Office stated that in 2018, the ICT sector expanded by 21.2%. There is also plenty of opportunity for further study. Maynooth University offers a world class Masters programme in Software Engineering as well as many opportunities for research Masters and PhDs. You can see what some of the Computer Science graduates are doing on the Maynooth University website.
- Ireland is home to the Top 5 Global Software Companies, 9 out of the Top 10 US Technology Companies, the Top 3 Global Enterprise Software Companies and 4 of the Top 5 IT Services Companies.
- The Irish Times printed in 2018 that 75% of Computer Science and ICT graduates earn between €25,000 and €45,000 within months of completing their degree, compared to 56% of graduates from other areas.
- Computer Science has one of the highest levels of employment with 81% of graduates employed within 9 months of completing their degree, according to the Higher Education Authority in 2017.
- In 2019 the Irish Independent posted a list of the Top 50 Jobs of the Future, 22 of which directly relate to Computer Science.
- The Bureau of Labour Statistics projects Computer Science research jobs will grow by 19% by 2026.
- In 2007, Australia's Tourism Board put out a call for foreign IT graduates (including Computer Scientists) as there was a shortage of Computer Science graduates and an abundance of jobs.