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Staff Shortages in Ireland.

  • 16-12-2022 6:48am
    Registered Users Posts: 7,046 ✭✭✭

    So we have staff shortages in





    Commission of Utilities

    Bus Drivers






    Taxi Drivers


    I am sure there is more i am missing. It hasn’t always been like this?

    We are constantly told by politicians we are a rich country and extremely lucky.

    Why the shortages? Surely it’s not sustainable and we can already see it’s bringing down the standards and reputation of our “first world” country status.

    Will things get any better?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 12,862 ✭✭✭✭Geuze

    Teachers: I'd say the shortages are mainly in Dublin, due to accomm costs?

    Doctors: as this occupation has become more and more feminised, then more staff are needed (headcount versus FTE), due to more job sharing, part-time working, etc,

    Construction: not enough young people want to get a skilled trade, people are put off by a boom-bust cycle

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  • Registered Users Posts: 13,436 ✭✭✭✭Thelonious Monk

    No it's not FFFG's fault it's the Greens' fault that people are leaving didn't you read the OP?

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,086 ✭✭✭SuperBowserWorld

    It's so funny, people blaming the greens for everything.

    The reason we have problems is that little Johnny and little Mary are not going to do any useful work when they can earn loads of money opening boxes or playing Minecraft on YouTube or could be a employee diversity director in a company they makes weapons.

    Or director of tax avoidance.

    Loads of well paid jobs around. Just need to look.


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,436 ✭✭✭✭Thelonious Monk

    I sometimes really wish I had a trade. Are there any schemes to get grown ups into trades I wonder or do they only focus on school leavers?

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,865 ✭✭✭✭Frank Bullitt

    I’ve always been on the fence about moving back to Ireland, been living in Canada for almost 10 years now and work in software.

    Plenty to move back for in terms of family, friends and it being “home”, Vancouver is also very expensive but you can get by with the volume of rentals, that’s a big draw back here with the lack of it. Price wise, it’s about the same but you’ve far more choice.

    I’ve one friend who moved back this year and he is planning to move back over to Canada. He just can’t settle here or get going, he also works in construction.

    It’s different for everyone of course, the pull and push of Ireland changes everyday. For some in the jobs listed about, who could blame them for wanting a better go at things and heading off.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,086 ✭✭✭SuperBowserWorld

    Yep, I'd do plumber and carpenter..and build a house in my garden in case the kids get jobs that'll be automated by robots.

    Also, snake oil salesman to squeeze planning application past the council.

  • Registered Users Posts: 26,808 ✭✭✭✭blanch152

    In relation to medical staff, an ageing population, a growing population, combined with the long-term effects of previous recruitment moratoriums have combined to create a problem. The capacity of third-level to upscale provision is also an issue, particularly in relation to capital capacity and the sourcing of placements.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,232 ✭✭✭waterwelly

    Well the people voted in the greens in sufficient numbers to put them in a position of power, so it's not Eamon Ryan's fault.

    We have a problem with housing, a major one. Leo was on about a building boom recently but with objections, high costs and shortages of tradespeople etc. this won't happen.

    We also have a retirement age that needs to be increased,because we have a huge generation of retired people who want to be served in restaurants, bars, hospitals, taxis etc. They want electricians and plumbers to work on their homes but give them a discount because they are retired.

    Then families are getting smaller now so there are proportionally less young people available to work in hospitality to earn college money. Coupled with an expanding retirement cohort it's going the wrong way.

    The problems are many and varied but politicians won't deal with them, the retirement age being a biggie.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 296 ✭✭Ham_Sandwich

    goverment should be doing more, raise wages and lower taxes.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,697 ✭✭✭Polar101

    It's only because Eamon Ryan really likes takeaway food.

  • Registered Users Posts: 32,634 ✭✭✭✭Graces7

    Same in eg Canada. Family there are having to leave emergency accommodation after a certain time length after their homes were destroyed in the bad storm earlier this year (Newfoundland) They have literally nowhere to go. I have significant and increasing disability but never involved with services. Just was made to be too complicated. After five years they have suddenly realised and i now get a Lunch Club meal sent in once a week... As someone has posted it is jobs that involves direct contact with people.

  • Registered Users Posts: 28,539 ✭✭✭✭Wanderer78

    wealth is generally presented in the value of assets such as property, so those of us that have been accumulating assets, in all forms in particular in property, are deemed wealthy, but those that dont have assets are screwed, primarily younger generations.... i.e. we re certainly a wealthier nation compared to the past, but not only has overall wealth being growing, so to has wealth inequality, which means we re all screwed, including us asset owners....

    many of the jobs and sectors mentioned have been in decline in real terms, in regards pay and conditions, for many years now, to the point, its actually now not possible to survive from the pay and conditions offered, and you may forget about trying to save in order to be able to purchase a property, i.e. an asset, in such jobs, this is in fact one of the main reasons why theres so many vacancies in these professions, but there are many other reasons also....

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  • Registered Users Posts: 17,438 ✭✭✭✭Mr. CooL ICE

    Apparently, he keeps reordering food if delivered by a car and won't eat anything delivered to him until it arrives via bike. Aaaand he expenses all the uneaten deliveries to the taxpayer.

    I know at least 50 people that have been this happen.