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We are delighted to reveal the Most Attractive Employers Index Ireland 2020.

The Index has been compiled in partnership with the global employer brand specialist, Universum.

The research was conducted among 11,769 students and 7,314 professionals across business, IT, health, engineering, and natural sciences in Ireland.

The data reveals that multiple employers within the public sector ranked among the 10 most popular employers for professionals across business, IT, and health and medicine industries.

In contrast, employers in the public sector were not listed among the top 30 employers for business or IT students.

Only one student group (health and medicine) ranked a public service job within the top 10 ranking of employers, with the Health Service Executive and the Department of Education and Teaching both ranking as a preference for this category.


According to the research, public sector or semi-state jobs are particularly popular among professionals in the business sector, with those within the industry ranking the Civil Service, the Health Service Executive (HSE), and Enterprise Ireland within the top five employers.

The top employers for students in the business sector are predominantly within tech and professional services industries, including Google, Apple, KPMG, Facebook, and PwC, which all ranked in the top five.





Google, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon and Facebook ranked as the top five employers for students in IT. These were followed by Intel, IBM, Dell, Samsung, and Twitter. Public service jobs were not listed among the top 30 employers for IT students.

Professionals within the IT sector had similar preferences to students in the industry, listing nine of the same employers among their top 10. However, unlike students in the sector, IT professionals ranked public services within their top 10 employers, with the Civil Service ranking eighth.





Health and medicine students were the only student group to rank a public service employer within their top 10 preferences. The HSE and the Department of Education and Teaching were listed within the first five preferences for health and medicine students, ranking in first and sixth place respectively.

The attractiveness of the HSE and the Department of Education and Teaching as an employer was also reflected among professionals within the sector. The Department of Education and Teaching ranked in third place for professionals. The Civil Service was also listed amongst the top 10 employers for health and medicine professionals.





The ESB and the Civil Service both make the top ten of most Attractive Employers for engineering professionals. The top ten is otherwise dominated by multinationals with Google is ranked number one and Johnson and Johnson, Jacobs Engineering, Pfizer, Boston Scientific, Intel and Apple all named.

Google again is ranked as the number one idea employer by engineering students, with the ESB also making their top ten. There is no mention of the Civil Service, but Aer Lingus is identified as an Attractive Employer while, as with engineering professionals, multinationals prevail.




Commenting on the Index, Orla Moran, General Manager of IrishJobs.ie says;


“Employers today are now more aware than ever of how they are perceived by different audiences, including their existing employees and prospective hires. This perception directly impacts their ability to recruit and retain the best talent. Since Covid-19, the world of work has changed, and so too have people’s priorities. An organisation’s recruitment and retention strategy must reflect this. For example, only last week, Twitter announced that it intends to give its global workforce the option of working from home on a permanent basis. This would have been completely unforeseen even twelve weeks ago, however, today, many audiences are seeing this development as a logical next step in the evolution of how we work.”