New Wetherspoons to open in Dublin city later this month as 70 jobs created


Pub operator JD Wetherspoon has announced that its newest pub will open in Dublin City Centre on Friday, June 21.

The company has spent €4 million developing the outlet which is on the site of a former bank and chapel in Lower Abbey Street.

The pub will be called The Silver Penny, creating 70 new jobs in the capital, Dublin Live reports.

It will be managed by Filip Mordak who was previously at The Forty Foot, a Wetherspoon pub in Dún Laoghaire.

The opening hours of The Silver Penny will be 8am until 11:30pm Monday to Thursday, 8am until 12:30am on Friday and Saturday and 8am until 11pm on Sunday.

The pub will also serve food every day from opening until 11pm and will specialise in real ales as well as craft and world beers.

It will also cater for family dining with children welcome in the pub up until 9pm during the week when accompanied by an adult.

The new-look pub features two bars, with the main bar at ground floor level, serving an impressive two storey space surrounded by a first-floor gallery, with a large roof light.

Manager Filip Mordak said: “Myself and my team are looking forward to welcoming customers into the pub and we are confident that it will be a great addition to the Dublin city centre community.”

The company runs six pubs in the Republic of Ireland and four in Dublin: The Three Tun Tavern in Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock; The Forty Foot in The Pavilion Centre, Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire; The Great Wood at Westend Shopping Park, Blanchardstown and The Old Borough in Main Street, Swords.


Only 30% of employees satisfied with pay transparency: survey


Money matters are top of mind among North American employees, according to new research by Ceridian HCM Holding Inc.

The research found workers in Canada and the U.S. are challenged by financial matters, with 80 per cent of North American workers saying they’re stressed about pay and money issues on a regular basis.

Only 30 per cent of workers said they’re completely satisfied when it comes to transparency of information about their pay, while not making a good salary is the leading (51 per cent) factor for female employees’ dissatisfaction with their employer compared to 35 per cent of men.

“The demands and expectations of employees in today’s workforce are significantly different than two or three decades ago when most company leaders began their careers,” said Lisa Sterling, chief people and culture officer at Ceridian, in a press release. “It’s unacceptable that the gender pay gap remains a persistent issue, with only 53 per cent of women believing they are paid equal to their male counterparts. Solving this requires employers to prioritize transparency and lean into new technologies that will help them embrace an equal value approach to pay.”

As for large, unexpected expenses, respondents said they’d have to resort to credit cards (31 per cent) or borrow money (11 per cent) from family and friends. The survey also found some employers could do more to support employees, with nearly one-third (27 per cent) of employees believing employers don’t care about their financial well-being, and only a quarter (24 per cent) believing they care very much.

“Companies need to walk the talk and implement employee-centric programs prioritizing financial wellness,” said Sterling. “Not only will these initiatives help attract and retain top talent in today’s competitive job market, it’s simply the right thing to do.”




Facebook will create 500 new tech jobs in London by the end of 2019, including 100 roles in artificial intelligence, with many working on systems to detect and remove malicious content, fake accounts and harmful behaviour, it said on Wednesday.

The social media giant said it will employ more than 3,000 people in the capital by the end of the year across three sites, including its new engineering centre in Soho, central London.

“These hundreds of new jobs demonstrate not only our commitment to the UK but also our determination to proactively detect and remove malicious content,” Nicola Mendelsohn, Facebook’s vice president for Europe, Middle East and Africa, said at a London Tech Week event.

Facebook said London was its biggest engineering centre outside the United States, with 1,800 people employed in technology and engineering by the end of the year. (Reuters)


Find Irish teaching vacancies no matter where you are


A new recruitment initiative has been launched to enable Irish emigrant teachers working abroad to seek and apply for teaching jobs in Ireland. The development of the facility comes due to increased concerns about teacher shortages in the Irish education system, a problem which has grown due to the number of Irish teachers opting to take teaching jobs overseas. The new online portal aims to make it easier for teachers who are considering returning back to Ireland to apply for jobs here.

The website, called, provides teachers working abroad with the opportunity to register their contact details, their teaching subjects, as well as a list of preferences for their preferred teaching locations. In addition to this, schools can also register their contact details and upload any vacancies they have. The goal is to match teachers to any relevant vacancies, and in streamlining the application process, the hope is to encourage these emigrant teachers to return home. Ultan Casey, a teacher who has been working in Abu Dhabi for the last five years, appreciated that turasabhaile allowed him to interview directly with Irish schools rather than needing to go through a recruitment agency. Ultimately, the website is determined to make the job application process as easy for emigrant teachers as possible.


Canada is luring tech talent away from U.S. with fast-track visa


A Canadian program designed to speed up the hiring of foreign talent is attracting thousands of tech workers and other skilled employees, many of whom are unhappy with restrictive U.S. immigration policies.

The Global Skills Strategy, which came into effect two years ago, has attracted about 24,000 people over the past two years, according to government figures Wednesday. The program provides temporary work permits in as little as two weeks for top international talent in categories such as software engineering. It also offers permit exemptions altogether for managers and researchers over shorter-term periods.

The approach represents a stark contrast to efforts by President Donald Trump to crack down on the immigration of high-tech workers into the U.S., and part of Canada’s broader strategy to drive growth through higher foreign inflows. Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said the program has allowed Canadian tech companies to be more nimble.

Companies are saying “the two-week processing has really transformed how they make business decisions,” Hussen said in a telephone interview. “They know that in Canada they can use this program to bring in talent really fast.”

About a quarter of the workers are coming in from the U.S., often non-Americans unhappy with the tougher visa restrictions imposed by the Trump administration, Hussen said. Computer and media programmers, software engineers and university professors are the top categories of workers to benefit so far. The majority of applicants are Indian nationals, Hussen said.

The principal fast-tracked job applicants were also accompanied by about 16,000 family members, who also have the ability to work and study in Canada.

The rising numbers of highly-skilled foreign workers is part of a migration surge into Canada that has been a welcome tailwind for an economy coping with aging demographics and slowing growth. The increase in international migration, for example, has helped fuel a sharp rise in employment — even amid sluggish indicators in other parts of the economy — since immigrants tend to be of working age.

The country added 321,065 immigrants last year, the largest annual increase since 1913. There was also been a surge of non-permanent residents like foreign students and temporary workers. The influx helped Canada’s population grow by 528,421 last year, which is the biggest increase since the late 1950s, Statistics Canada said.

The fast-track program has won kudos from a growing tech sector racing to compete for international talent. Toronto was the world’s fastest-growing tech-jobs market in 2017, according to CBRE Group Inc.


Canada’s job vacancies rate sets new record: 435,000 jobs go unfilled in Q1 2019


TORONTO , June 12, 2019 /CNW/ –  Canada’s private sector job vacancy rate advanced again in the first quarter of the year, reaching 3.3 per cent, up 0.1 percentage point from the previous quarter, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB)’s latest Help Wanted report. In total, 435,000 jobs sat vacant for at least four months during the first quarter of 2019.

“The national vacancy rate has been steadily climbing for the past two years and it reached another record high last quarter,” said Ted Mallett , CFIB’s vice-president and chief economist. “The rate of growth is slowing compared to this time last year, but employers in Quebec , BC and Ontario are having a harder and harder time finding workers, especially in the smallest businesses.”

In most provinces, labour shortages were a bigger concern for skilled positions rather than semi-or unskilled ones. Vacancy rates exerted a strong pressure on wage levels—employers with at least one vacant position expected that they would increase average organization-wide wage levels by 2.2 per cent, compared to 1.3 per cent for those with no vacant posts.

Job vacancies by province
Quebec maintained the highest job vacancies rate in the country at 4.1 per cent, a 0.1 per cent increase over last quarter. British Columbia (3.6 per cent) and Ontario (3.3 per cent) followed, each advancing by 0.1 per cent. Vacancy rates in Saskatchewan (2.3 per cent), Newfoundland and Labrador (1.9 per cent) and Prince Edward Island (1.8 per cent) advanced but remained below the national average. Rates in New Brunswick (2.8 per cent) and Manitoba (2.4 per cent) remained unchanged, while those in Nova Scotia (2.3 per cent) and Alberta (2.1 per cent) fell by 0.1 per cent.


Number of Northern Ireland jobs at record high, but caution urged as ‘slowdown’ looms


The number of jobs in Northern Ireland reached a record high of 778,240 in March, according to latest official figures.

The increase represents a growth of 2% (15,580 jobs) compared to March last year.

The publication of the Quarterly Employment Survey and Labour Market Report, both released yesterday, also showed private sector jobs at their highest ever level.

However, Tina McKenzie of the Federation of Small Businesses said that the positive job figures should not be taken for granted as firms continue to face uncertainty about the future landscape.

These further positive employment figures are certainly to be welcomed, showing the dynamism of our local SMEs who continue to create jobs in uncertain conditions, serving as the engine room of the local economy,” she said.

“We must, however, not take these figures for granted, other economic indices have shown some signs of a slowdown ahead.