Cities that are attractive to live in tend to have great tech sectors. Think of San Francisco, London, Sydney, Vancouver and, increasingly, Dublin.
In the past decade, Dublin has become a talent magnet for professionals across Europe. Some of the largest tech companies are hiring up to 75% of new hires from outside of Ireland. At Zartis.com we see over 50% of all job offers going to candidates relocating to Ireland from other EU countries.
Big companies typically have internal HR resources dedicated to hiring from abroad and relocating candidates. Here are some pointers borrowed from their best practice.
Europe is experiencing a profound migration change with people moving from the East and South to cities mainly in the North and West. There are already strong talent pipelines of developers into Ireland from countries such as Portugal, Spain, Italy and Croatia. Its easier to tap into these than to create new ones.
In the past decade, Dublin has become a talent magnet for professionals across Europe.
Dublins tech sector pays relatively well. Mid-level Spanish software developers are typically paid about 35% less than they would get in Dublin. This is an attraction, but usually its not the biggest.
When relocating internationally candidates consider the remuneration package, work experience and quality of life. For example, a developer working for a large consulting company in Spain could be tempted to work for a startup in Dublin because of the opportunity to work on an interesting tech stack or product. That could well be the primary motivator.
The best companies tend to work with a shortlist of candidates, sourced internally or through an agency. The first stage of recruitment is usually a phone interview, followed by a tech test, then a video interview and an onsite.
Typically, but not always, the company pays for the flight to Ireland. Sometimes at Zartis.com well send a driver to the airport to collect the candidate and bring them to their hotel or interview. Its a small touch, but it makes a big impact.
Some of the largest tech companies are hiring up to 75% of new hires from outside of Ireland.
Traditionally, companies paid some relocation expenses. This is now rare unless its a senior executive relocating.
When candidates get to Dublin there are two issues that consistently pop up: finding accommodation and getting a PPS number because they dont have accommodation.
Theres a lot of information about moving to Ireland at MakeITinIreland.com (disclosure: we built it). For smaller companies it helps fill the gap that HR departments usually look after.
There are over half a billion people within a short flight of Dublin who dont need a visa to work here. Its a big talent pool. Take advantage of it.
Previously on DG by John Dennehy: Tech Dublin Is Hiring