Ciara Kenny

The Irish Times forum by and for Irish citizens living overseas,

Have your say: how does your work situation compare?

Was employment your main reason for leaving, and if so, was it worth it? Is your job better now than what was on offer in Ireland? How did you find work, and was it easier or harder than you expected? If you are working in a similar field, how do wages compare where you live now?

Thu, Apr 12, 2012, 09:30

   

The Irish Times Ipsos/MRBI survey of recent emigrants, published in the newspaper last month, included some interesting findings relating to issues like employment, education, health and lifestyle, which we hope to explore further in the Generation Emigration discussion forum over the next few weeks. You can read a report of the original findings here and here.

First up: employment.

Of the emigrants surveyed, 72% were working in Ireland before they left, and 28% were unemployed. Of those who had a job, 40% cited work as their main reason for leaving. Among the unemployed cohort, 83% said they had moved for work reasons, with two-thirds of them saying they would have stayed in Ireland if they had found a job.

93% of the emigrants surveyed were now employed. Three-quarters of them said their job was better than the one they had in Ireland, 14% said it was about the same, and just 10% said it was not as good. 44% of respondents had a job lined up before they left Ireland, while 56% had to find work on arrival.

Does your experience reflect or differ from these findings? Was employment your main reason for leaving, and if so, was it worth it? Is your job better now than what was on offer in Ireland? How did you find work, and was it easier or harder than you expected? If you are working in a similar field, how do wages compare where you live now?