A new survey has found that 91% of people who relocated to Galway or Mayo are satisfied or very satisfied with their decision to relocate to the West while over three-quarters reported a better work-life balance following the move.
Of the 187 respondents, 78% would recommend relocating to Galway or Mayo, citing shorter commute times, more disposable income and a wide variety of opportunities allowing them to enhance their careers while improving their work-life balance.
The Galway-Mayo Relocation Survey was carried out by the recruitment firm Collins McNicholas in association with the Irish Development Agency (IDA). It was launched on Tuesday at Boston Scientific.
One of the most important findings was the lower cost of living in the region, particularly when it comes to accommodation and childcare – two thirds said they enjoyed an increase in disposable income.
Three-quarters of the workers who returned now have a commute time of less than 40 minutes. A further 43% say commuting takes them less time than in their previous location.
Three in four professionals did not find it difficult to find work in the West of Ireland – 85% have either moved into a similar or more senior role than the one they held before moving.
Some 27% reported an increase in salary of up to 20%; 22% had no change in wages while 23% and a hike of over 20%.
The report includes responses from those who relocated from 21 different countries including Australia, Canada, United States, Germany, Italy, Poland and Spain. Nearly half of those surveyed came from outside of Ireland.
The top four categories of employment were ICT (20%), Professional Services (19%), Banking & Finance (12%) and Accounting (9%).
Those surveyed were highly skilled professionals with 51% holding a master’s degree or postgraduate diploma.
The vast majority were looking to put down roots – 83% have bought property or are considering it.
Catherina Blewitt, regional manager of the West region in IDA Ireland said the fact that 76% of respondents’ work-life balance has improved since relocating and that 40% relocated for a more senior role shows the opportunities that exist in the West.
“The West is well positioned to continue to attract new foreign direct investment (FDI) and grow employment in existing companies and we will continue to collaborate with all stakeholders and parties in the region to achieve this.”
Michelle Murphy, Director of Collins McNicholas, said the West of Ireland is buoyant when it comes to employment opportunities with highly-qualified people taking up quality careers in a range of sectors.
“That shows no sign of changing in the near future. Our findings show they are overwhelmingly happy with the move and with their improved quality of life. The fact that 78% would recommend relocating to Galway or Mayo speaks volumes for the attractions of the region.”
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Galway to complete vaccine roll-out by end of the summer
On the first anniversary of Covid-19’s deadly arrival into Ireland, the head of the Saolta hospital group has predicted that all who want the vaccine will have received it by the end of the summer.
Tony Canavan, CEO of the seven public hospitals, told the Connacht Tribune that the HSE was planning to set up satellite centres from the main vaccination hub at the Galway Racecourse to vaccinate people on the islands and in the most rural parts of the county.
While locations have not yet been signed up, the HSE was looking at larger buildings with good access that could be used temporarily to carry out the vaccination programme over a short period.
“We do want to reach out to rural parts of the region instead of drawing in people from the likes of Clifden and over from the islands. The plan is to set up satellites from the main centre, sending out small teams out to the likes of Connemara,” he explained.
“Ideally we’d run it as close as possible to the same time that the main centres are operating once that is set up. Communication is key – if people know we’re coming, it will put people’s minds at rest.”
Get all the latest Covid-19 coverage in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now – or download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie
Galway meteorologist enjoying new-found fame in the sun!
Growing up in Galway where four seasons in a day is considered a soft one, Linda Hughes always had a keen interest in the weather.
But unlike most Irish people, instead of just obsessing about it, she actually went and pursued it as a career.
The latest meteorologist to appear on RTE’s weather forecasts hails from Porridgtown, Oughterard, and brings with her an impressive background in marine forecasting.
She spent six years in Aerospace and Marine International in Aberdeen, Scotland, which provides forecasts for the oil and gas industry.
The 33-year-old was a route analyst responsible for planning routes for global shipping companies. She joined the company after studying experimental physics in NUIG and doing a masters in applied meteorology in Redding in the UK.
“My job was to keep crews safe and not lose cargo by picking the best route to get them to their destination as quickly as possibly but avoiding hurricanes, severe storms,” she explains.
“It was a very interesting job, I really enjoyed it but it was very stressful as you were dealing with bad weather all the time because there’s always bad weather in some part of the world.”
Read the full interview with Linda Hughes in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now – or download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie
Great-great-grandmother home after Covid, a stroke, heart failure and brain surgery
Her family are understandably calling her their miracle mum – because an 81 year old great-great-grandmother from Galway has bounced back from Covid-19, a stroke, heart failure and brain surgery since Christmas…to return hale and hearty, to her own home.
But Mary Quinn’s family will never forget the trauma of the last three months, as the Woodford woman fought back against all of the odds from a series of catastrophic set-backs.
The drama began when Mary was found with a bleed on her brain on December 16. She was admitted to Portiuncula Hospital, and transferred to Beaumont a day later where she underwent an emergency procedure – only to then suffer a stroke.
To compound the crisis, while in Beaumont, she contracted pneumonia, suffered heart failure and developed COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – the inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs.
“Christmas without mom; things did not look good,” said her daughter Catherine Shiel.
But the worst was still to come – because before Mary was discharged, she contracted Covid-19.
Read Mary’s full, heart-warming story in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now – or download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie