WDC

  • A new report shows that the Castlebar labour catchment is the fifth largest labour catchment in the western region.

    This is one of the findings of a new report carried out by the Western Development Commission, which has carried out in-depth research into the commuting patterns of those at work in the western region.

    The Castlebar town labour catchment covers a large area but is completely confined within the central areas of Mayo and small areas in the west such as north Achill and Ballycroy.

    In 2016 there were nearly 14,000 people classified as at work and living within the Castlebar labour catchment which is nearly three times as many workers living in Castlebar.

    The report identified 42 labour catchments in the western region, ranging in size from the largest – Galway city with over 70,000 resident workers, to centres with fewer than 1,000 resident workers.

  • The Western Development Commission (WDC) today launched a new online jobs portal aimed at attracting professionals and their families to make new lives in the West of Ireland.

    Westernjobs.ie will help job seekers to find open roles across the region and assist employers in gauging the availability and depth of skills that they require.

    With more and more people working remotely due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the WDC is encouraging people to make a permanent and viable move to the West where they can enjoy housing costs that are among the lowest in Ireland.

    The new portal - which is free to use - will not only give job seekers the chance to secure a job, it will also give employers information on the talent pool available to them in a particular county in the Western region. 

    Research carried out by the WDC in January, found that 50 percent of large employers in the region were faced with a limited skills pool for open positions, while almost a third experience difficulty finding senior staff.

    Hundreds of new jobs have been announced in the Western region in 2021 and there are currently open roles available across sectors such as ecommerce, MedTech, IT and engineering.

    Western Development Commission CEO Tomás Ó Síocháin  has been telling Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley more about what westernjobs.ie is all about

      

    More details are available at :  www.westernjobs.ie