Shortage of real skills North or South continues to be a problem.

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US firms operating in Ireland currently have 2,000 vacant jobs to fill but are struggling to find suitably skilled employees for some key areas, according to the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland.
To coincide with its annual Independence Day lunch today, the Chamber has published a survey tracking employment trends, which covers 109 companies with operations in Ireland.
The body’s annual workforce activation survey shows US firms with operations here still have a healthy demand for new staff and particularly for graduates.
800 new graduates were taken on by US firms here last year and the number of new graduate hires this year, according to the survey, will be close to 1,000.
American companies say they have, however, encountered something of a skills shortage in Ireland.
Ironically, says the American Chamber, despite the current unemployment rate and the large numbers of skilled staff looking for work, almost a third of vacancies at US firms are taking longer than three months to fill.


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