For many expats relocating to Ireland, Dublin often gets first consideration. But what about Cork and all it has to offer as Ireland’s second largest city?
The trend has started to shift, in favour of Cork, with a large number of professionals across a wide variety of industries deciding to call Cork home.
Here are five reasons why:
1. The job market
Cork is hot on Dublin’s tail when it comes to job opportunities.
Over the past number of years, tech giant Apple has continued to increase its head count in Cork now closing in on 6,000 employees across three locations in Cork, almost 25% of their European employment.
The multinational conglomerate company Johnson Controls (now merged with Tyco) has established a business services centre in Cork City with the end goal of creating positions for up to 500 people.
Moreover, Cork is quickly becoming an IT capital of Europe with companies such as VMware, Facebook, Qualcomm, EMC, McAfee and more all setting up offices in the city. There is a great mix of global technology companies and cutting edge start up technology companies based here.
From a personal viewpoint, my own market has never been busier with a great range of roles for any of those with multilingual experience.
2. The cost of living
The cost of living is significantly lower in Cork than in Dublin. Studies published by Numbeo, in conjunction with Newstalk stated “you would need approximately €4,000 in Dublin to maintain the same standard of life that you can have with €3,000 in Cork (assuming you rent).”
- Rent prices in Dublin are almost 60% higher than in Cork
- Consumer prices are almost 8% higher in Dublin than in Cork
3. Way of life
Cork is a vibrant city awash with multiculturalism, central business districts, live music venues and vibrant restaurants, but the city has never lost its unique culture and the people living here are testament to that.
Corkonians are among the most humorous people in Europe and are very proud of Cork’s label as ‘The Rebel County’. The pace of life is slower than in Dublin due to the easy-going, relaxed nature of the people. Saying that, there are still excellent pubs and venues on offer where weekend warriors can party till the early hours of the morning. Cork has a great blend of city and country life. Jump in the car and head for West Cork and you are in one of the most picturesque places on earth, trust me you have to go there!
4. Traffic congestion
Traffic in Cork is virtually non-existent compared to its counterpart in the capital. From Patrick’s street in Cork, a commuter can be in Blarney castle in 15 minutes or by the harbour in Kinsale in 15 beyond that.
Cork is a cultural quarter of some magnitude. After its status as European Capital of Culture in 2005 it has been a hotbed for tourists looking for a unique Irish experience. Whether traditional music is your favoured tipple or you’re into head-banging heavy metal mania, Cork delivers. It also offers opportunities to visit historical theatres and landmarks as well as plush beaches and lively festivals.
If you’re still undecided on where to move, rest assured Ireland is a good choice for job opportunities. Recent PWC studies indicate Ireland will remain the fastest-growing economy in the Eurozone until 2024, with job vacancies at a 3% growth in Q4 2017 compared to the previous year.
Whether you are a recent graduate looking to break into the multilingual sector or a seasoned professional looking for a new challenge, now is the time to get in touch. I am currently recruiting for a number of multilingual positions nationally.