EURES Announces European Employment Week 4th – 11th May

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Key Events in Cork and Dublin with support from the Department of Social Protection

Thursday 4th May 2017: Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar welcomes the launch of European Employment Week starting today.

The purpose of EURES Employment Week is to raise awareness of the services and supports that are available to employers and jobseekers through the European Labour Market.  There are two key events taking place during the week:

  1. CORK

On 4th of May 2017 EURES will host an “Online European Job Day” from Cork. This interactive online event is focused on showcasing technology and business services career opportunities in Ireland. It aims to attract jobseekers with software/ IT skills or Business Service skills from across Europe and Ireland to work in the Irish technology sector. The event will take place exclusively online from 10am to 1.30pm, and will be broadcast from The Republic of Works in Cork. A number of leading Irish based multinational companies are participating including Apple, Dell, Google and Logitech as well as leading Irish SMEs such as Cregg Consulting, Eazy City Cork, Tracy's International and Wisetek solutions Ltd.


On 11th May 2017 EURES will host a National and European Jobs Fair at the Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin from 10:00am to 7:00pm. The event is aimed at unemployed people who are looking for work either locally or considering opportunities across Europe.  It will be attended by local employers including Paypal, Keywords Studios, Keelings, HMSHost Ireland, PrePayPower, Cower Care DAC, 1 Plus Security, Rosie & Jim and UNICEF . A number of locally based Employment / Training and Advice Agencies will be in attendance.

Throughout the week, EURES services and opportunities in the European Labour Market will be promoted throughout the Department’s Intreo Offices to interested and suitable clients.

EURES Ireland National Coordinator Muriel Cleary said

“European Employment Week is our key annual event showcasing the many opportunities and supports available to jobseekers in Ireland and Europe. EURES Ireland also supports employers with specialist hard to fill vacancies including language skills. 
We look forward to a successful week bringing European employment opportunities to local jobseekers as well as matching European candidates to the needs of Irish enterprise.”


Through the event’s website and its interactive elements jobseekers will be able to search and apply for jobs that match their profile in advance of the event, make contact with employers and book one or more job interviews. Participants can join us for company presentations, ask questions and chat with Irish employers and other exhibitors. Furthermore, they will be able to attend virtual presentations on ‘Your First EURES Job’/ ‘Reactivate’ (European financial supports available when moving for work to another country).

The Event Programme will include presentations on topics, such as:

  • Company presentations - Overview of the ICT & Business Services career opportunities in Ireland
  • ‘Your first EURES job’ and ‘Reactivate’: relocation grants & funding towards the cost of traveling to an interview to another country
  • Cork/ Ireland as a living & working destination
  • Live Q&A sessions will follow each presentation
  • Chats with employers and other exhibitors

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Or contact EURES Ireland at or

Irish companies including Paypal, Keywords Studios, Keelings, HMSHost Ireland Ltd., PrePayPower, Cower Care DAC, 1 Plus Security, Rosie & Jim and UNICEF among others will be in attendance and recruiting for the following vacancies:

  • Multilingual Telesales
  • Customer Service
  • Game Testers
  • General Operatives
  • Food & Beverage Associates
  • Field Sales Respresentatives
  • Technical Support Agents
  • Healthcare Assistants
  • Door Supervisors
  • Food Production General Operatives and Team Leaders.

A CV Workshop will be in operation at the event to assist jobseekers to update and present their Curriculum Vitae.   Workshops on CV presentation and Interview skills will run throughout the day.

EURES Advisers, who are specialists in international recruitment, from Germany, Belgium, Denmark, France, Spain, Sweden, Italy and Poland will be at the event to advise those interested in employment and career development opportunities in these countries. The EURES service is free of charge. For further information contact your local EURES Adviser or log onto

Note for Editors

EURES Services
EURES (European Employment Service) is a European-wide initiative that has been in place since 1993 and assists jobseekers take up employment within the EU. It is a network of all the public employment services in the European Union and the European Economic Area. Through EURES, public employment services share their employment vacancies and services with each other. The role of EURES is to provide information and advice on job opportunities in the EU/EEA. The EURES service is free of charge. For further information contact your local EURES Adviser or log onto

For Jobseekers:
The two main obstacles for Irish jobseekers in availing of opportunities in the European Labour Market are language and financial support. EURES Ireland provides key supports to address these challenges for jobseekers. Full details are available on the EURES website

Any such employment opportunities brought to the attention of jobseekers by the Department of Social Protection outside of Ireland are completely voluntary and people who do not avail of any such opportunities will not lose their social welfare entitlements here. It is an opportunity for jobseekers in Ireland to seek work in other EU countries in the wider European market and equally, it provides jobseekers abroad with an opportunity to find work with companies based here in Ireland where such vacancies cannot be filled by jobseekers in Ireland.

For Employers:
Supporting employers with specialist hard to fill vacancies including language skills is a key objective of EURES Ireland to help attract and retain multinational companies based in Ireland particularly in the Technology and Business Services sectors.  
The labour market in Europe (EU) is a single market and all vacancies in every Member State are available to all citizens in every Member State. There is a legal obligation on the Department of Social Protection to make every European vacancy available to Irish citizens. In the same way every Irish vacancy is available on an equal basis to every European citizen.


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