Wednesday, 19th September 2018
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Irish job-hunters looking for fairness

Dear Editor

As Ireland's unemployment rate continues on a downward trajectory one could be forgiven that the jobs market is offering meaningful and fulfilling roles providing financial and emotional ballast to a person's wellbeing. Not so.

Welcome to the Ireland's jobs phantasmagoria where fantasy drowns reality in a vat of vacuous jobs titles like 'Customer Success Guru', or, 'People Manager', vague job descriptions and a wage unlikely to give your bank account financial indigestion.

If you wish to apply for these important sounding work titles with their fantastic list of public interfacing duties, employers seek flexibility which is double speak for; 'you will be employed to do one role but you do not always end up doing this role but another equally fantastic role or 'you have to be available when we want you and however long we want, but you still are a valuable full-time member of our team. '

Employers apply a Tinder process to job interview seekers. Offer an interview to those who meet one or all of these criteria: an age profile that laps upon the shores of twenties, born within an Eastern European postal district or can be employed using the Community Employment Scheme which is State-sponsored people farming out to positions that offer a short-term future and all the long-term employment prospects of one-handed juggler. Fall outside these criteria and applications face a rejection filled left swipe.

In Ireland looking for employment is soul-destroying, devoid of fairness and a recognition that no matter how hard you try your effort is wasted.

The era of employers offering genuine sustainable jobs, with a defined role and a working week which would allow you to commit long-term to your employer's business appear to be over.

Ireland may achieve technical full employment by the end of 2018 but behind the number lies a constituency of employment seekers of all ages and skill sets being rejected by employers motivated by the sheen of a balance sheet rather than the application of human capital.


John Tierney


Co. Waterford


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