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Irish graduates in Australia sought for jobs back home

Recruiters at Robert Walters want Irish emigrants who have gained experience in financial services.

A DUBLIN-BASED recruitment firm is hoping to lure Irish emigrants back home by holding a number of job fairs in Australia for positions in the Irish financial sector.

Recruiters at Robert Walters are to send consultants to Melbourne and Sydney in the coming months to find Irish graduates who have gained experience in financial accounting, general accounting, audit, funds and insurance while on working visas.

Managing Director Louise Cambell says that over the past six to nine months in particular they have noticed a skill shortage in these areas and that the companies they work for have encouraged them to look abroad for experienced Irish graduates:

We have spoken to a huge number of our clients, who have told us to tell emigrants with experience ‘please tell them we’re recruiting’. So we want to give them the message that the market has picked up in certain areas.

Campbell says that the company already has a large number of Irish on their books in Australia and has not only placed them in positions over there but has already found jobs for a number back in Ireland.

She added that the company used to run these roadshows on a smaller scale but demand has allowed them to ramp it up:

We’re hoping to meet between 300 – 400. Over 200 have already confirmed they’re attending and we’d be hoping to place the vast majority.

Campbell said they are specifically requesting Irish graduates because most of the positions are permanent but that Australian graduates looking to come to Ireland on a working visa should also attend as a number companies are hiring  on a contract basis.

The job fairs will take the form of interviews during the day followed by a drinks reception in the evening. The first event will take place in Melbourne on 26 August with Sydney following suit on 2 September.

Those interested should visit for details on how to get in touch.

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