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Talent / Workforce

Multilingual Workforce For A Global Market

Ireland is the only English speaking country in the Eurozone making it an ideal base from which to service global markets:


Approximately 612,018 Irish people are multilingual (72 different languages)


17% of the population is international

IMD World Competitiveness Report 2017

The IMD World Competitiveness Report 2017 Key Rankings show Ireland is ranked No. 6 for:

  • Competent senior managers are readily available
  • Flexibility & adaptability of people are high when faced new challenges
  • The national culture is open to foreign ideas


The population of Waterford County is about 114,000 people. The graphic below illustrates the number of people within a reasonable commuting distance of Waterford City.

Talent Population Map

Waterford City’s Catchment Area Population

Primary Catchment Waterford City 50,000
Primary Catchment Primary Catchment Waterford City 30 min radius 50,000 40,000
Primary Catchment Secondary Catchment Waterford City 45 min radius 50,000 60,000
Primary Catchment Waterford City 60 min radius 50,000 120,000
Primary Catchment Waterford City 50,000

Key Demographics

  • Ireland’s young workforce (the youngest population in Europe with 40% under 29 years) is capable, highly adaptable, mobile and committed to achievement.
  • Ireland has one of the lowest old age dependency ratios at just 18.6%, compared to 27.5% in the EU.
  • Ireland has stable labour costs with only a 3% change from 2008-2015.
  • Professional salaries in Dublin are, on average between 8% - 15% higher than in Waterford.