• Paul Fingleton

Mapping tech talent in Wexford to woo Employers to the South-East Region

Sunny outlook for Tech Talent in the South East?

Since it launched in September 2017, careers start-up Abodoo Abodoo has established partnerships with leading employers offering remote and flexible career opportunities.

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Abodoo announced it has teamed up with Wexford County Council to map tech talent in the South-East Region. Now they are calling on IT professionals from County Wexford and the surrounding areas to register their details on the company’s website, www.abodoo.com, before the end of January. Wexford County Council will then receive the report outlining the skills profile of the local population. The Council can then use this information to engage with businesses seeking to expand or relocate.

There is a longer-term vision for the mapping project, that is to use the up-to-date statistics on the IT skills available in the area to entice employers to locate in North County Wexford by providing up-to-date statistics on the local population’s IT skills.

Increasing Investment in the South-East Announcing details of the partnership today (10.01.18), Vanessa Tierney, co-founder of Abodoo, said: “Wexford County Council is keen to promote the South-East region – and North Wexford, in particular – to businesses that are looking to expand or relocate staff. They know that, once businesses realise the wealth of tech talent in the area, they will be eager to invest and locate here.

“We are delighted the Council has decided to partner with us to capture data on local people’s skills and experience levels. As locals ourselves, we know there are thousands of people living in the South-East region who have long commutes to work each day, and who would much prefer to work remotely or from closer to home. We need IT professionals in the region to register on our site this month, so we have compelling data to present to employers about the benefits of relocating and offering flexible work options.”

To register with Abodoo, IT professionals – and anyone looking for remote or flexible career opportunities – need to log on to www.abodoo.com and enter their details, including their location and skills-set.

“We are very keen to stress that individual’s details will not be released at any time to third parties,” said Ms Tierney. “All those who register remain anonymous unless they receive an offer of a role that matches what they are looking for from their career.

“The report we will provide to Wexford County Council will contain accumulated data on the type of IT skills local people have, but it will not divulge anyone’s personal details. The Council’s ultimate aim is to be able to approach employers and say we have X number of people living in the region with the exact type of skills your business needs.

“I think that Enterprise Ireland would be interested in seeing the report that Abodoo will deliver to the Council, given that they are actively encouraging inward investment in Ireland. I can imagine local authorities in other regions will also be eager to engage in similar partnerships to map local talent.”

Government Support

Wexford TD and Minister of State Michael D’Arcy welcomed the partnership between Abodoo and Wexford County Council.

“It will be incredibly valuable for the Council to have an up-to-date skills profile for the local population,” he said. “This will be a really important tool in attracting new employers to our region.

“I believe there is scope to replicate this project in other parts of the country. This project is all about inward investment and job creation in rural Ireland. As such, it is closely aligned to current government priorities.”

South-East Base Abodoo is a careers site that promotes remote and flexible working and is based at The Hatch Lab on the M11 Business Campus in Gorey. The company’s ties to the south-east region are strong: as well as having its Gorey base, its founder, Vanessa Tierney, lives in Co. Wexford.

“We have been receiving great buy-in from the local population in the south-east,” said Ms Tierney. “We received support from the Local Enterprise Office in Wexford in recent months, which enabled us to increase awareness of remote working and get lots of exciting employers registered with our site.

“As well as the Local Enterprise Office and Wexford County Council, we have been lucky to receive support from the IDA and open eir, and we recently announced our first major investment, which was from entrepreneur Dan Kiely. This year, we plan to expand to the UK and other European markets.

“For 2018, our goal is to not only expand our own business, however, but also to bring lots of new employment and career opportunities to locals in the South-East.”