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Living and working in Ireland

David Broome our consultant managing the role
Posted by David Broome
Published on 27 February 2023

Ireland’s position as one of the major players in the international life sciences market has made it an increasingly attractive place for professionals to relocate to. In addition to the array of life sciences jobs available in the Emerald Isle, you’ll also find a nation full of verdant beauty, friendly people and adventure at every turn. Here’s why it might be time to relocate to Ireland:

A better life

The luck of the Irish rings true when it comes to quality of life, with Ireland performing above average in OECD rankings for jobs and earnings, housing, personal security, health, education and skills, social connections, subjective well-being, work-life balance and environmental quality. Indeed, the Republic’s capital ranks as one of the major cities with the best quality of life in the world, thanks to its lower levels of air pollution, excellent choice of consumer goods and strong political and socio-cultural environment. All of this combines to offer a positive standard of living that is enticing people from all over the world - Ireland received over 64,000 visa applications in the first half of 2022.

A booming life sciences industry

Ireland is recognised as being one of the world’s leading centres for life sciences excellence and innovation. After four decades of continuous investment in the sector, Ireland is increasingly seen as the destination of choice for international life sciences organisations to base their headquarters. With more than 50,000 people employed within the Irish life sciences sector alone, plus more than €45 billion in exports, the nation is leading the way when it comes to global pharmaceutical exports.

You’ll also find many of Europe’s leading medical technologies organisations here, resulting in a booming job market. Indeed, Dublin and Cork are both ripe with opportunities for Process Engineers, and Ireland’s heavy investment in biopharmaceutical new builds means there are many opportunities for contractors to explore longer-term contracts in the country. Commissioning, qualification and validation professionals, particularly within the biopharmaceutical sector, also have a plethora of options when it comes to projects in Ireland. Quanta’s international mobilisation support makes it easier for contractors and permanent workers alike to relocate and make the most of all that Ireland has to offer.

The freedom to roam

Ireland is a small but mighty place, with plenty of natural wonders packed into its 84,421 km² mass. This makes it easy to explore your own backyard at weekends or down time between contracts – all you need is a pair of decent walking shoes and a mode of transport. Start with the Ring of Kerry, world-famous for its pristine beaches and rugged islands, with mountain passes adding drama to this site of natural beauty, or venture to Connemara to discover hidden coves and fishing villages. Ireland’s charming villages and vibrant cities make for brilliant weekend breaks, while its location means European holiday destinations are at your fingertips.

Make it happen

At Quanta, we partner with nine of the top ten life sciences organisations in the world, including those in Ireland. We have a variety of positions available in Ireland – click here to view our latest vacancies, or contact us to start a conversation.