Lower salaries work to make west a more profitable option for employers

Galway city...costs survey.
Galway city...costs survey.

Galway could be set to attract a significant number of jobs from Dublin – with lower salary expectations making the county a tempting prospect for employers.

A survey carried out by recruitment firm, Brightwater Group, has revealed that in almost all of the industry areas surveyed, salaries are lower in Galway than they are in the capital.

Based on research from 3,500 respondents including employers, employees and job seekers, salaries in some industries are as much as a 33 per cent lower on the west coast.

According to the results, a quality engineer in Galway will get a salary of between €45,000 and €55,000 – this compared to between €55,000 and €75,000 for those working in Dublin.

Quality control analysts in Dublin will earn around €60,000 in 2018 while their counterparts in Galway will take home something in the region of €40,000 – a 33 per cent difference.

Similarly, a sales manager in ITC in Dublin can expect a salary of €90,000 while someone in a similar position in Galway will command just €60,000.

The results of this survey were compiled using data for the coming year from 14 industry sectors including banking, IT, pharmaceutical, engineering and accountancy – and drew figures from all levels of seniority.

Some workers in Galway will have a healthier pay packet from next year with the Brightwater survey forecasting an increase in certain areas.

In the legal sector, it was revealed that a junior legal counsel in Galway will see an increase of up to 33 per cent in the salary, compared to 2016 – with an annual income of between €35,000 and €80,000.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.