Kerry has developed into a flagship location for science and technology companies, whose knowledge and expertise have developed into far more than the sum of their parts. A unique dynamism and drive to succeed has fuelled the growth of the world-class companies that have become members of KerrySciTech. They invest in Kerry for reasons including a highly educated workforce, vibrant entrepreneurial spirit, and green environment.
Finding a Job
Kerry has developed into a thriving hub for science and technology companies. Innovative Irish and international companies have made the county their home, and more are arriving here every year. These companies are hungry for talent to fill their job vacancies in Kerry, so there has never been a better time to work in Kerry.
Just because you live in Kerry, it doesn’t mean the company you work for has to be in Kerry too. The SciTech space is particularly open to telecommuters, so you could be sitting in an office overlooking the Lakes of Killarney while working remotely for a tech startup based in Dublin (Ireland or Texas). Armed with a laptop and a Wi-Fi connection, geographic distance is no barrier to your career. There are several co-working hubs dotted around the county.
Starting a Business
Considering starting your own KerrySciTech business? If you are thinking of setting up a business in Kerry, the Local Enterprise Office is among many sources of support for you. From funds and supports for startups to loans for companies that are already established, and supports for companies that are growing, Kerry is a fertile environment for entrepreneurs.
Visa & Work Permit Requirements
Wondering whether you need a visa to move to Ireland? Check out this list to see the nationalities that need visas to work here. You’ll need the long-stay “D” visa to work and live in Ireland for longer than three months. You can apply for your visa online from your home country and send your hard-copy application and any other documents required to the appropriate embassy or consulate for a fee of €60. Decisions are usually made within eight weeks of receipt of application.
The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation issues work permits. There are many different kinds, but the ones applicable to the science and technology industry are the Critical Skills Employment Permit and the General Employment Permit.
Education & Training
The Institute of Technology Tralee is a world-class university-level institution that delivers courses up to Master’s degree and Ph.D level in fields including business, science & computing, tourism, and engineering. The Kerry College of Further Education is another source of high-quality training and education. University College Cork, University of Limerick, Cork Institute of Technology, and the Limerick Institute of Technology are all less than two hours’ drive from Kerry.