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A new employee opinion survey, conducted by Jobs Expo, has revealed that 42% of people have been badly affected by the cost of living. Furthermore, 41% would consider moving to an area where there are lower costs even though they would be reluctant to do so.

Salary still ranks highest as a factor when applying got a job with 38% finding it the most important aspect to them when searching for a new role.This is followed by good working environment, which 24% found the most important to them. And when it comes to proximity to home 14% find it the most important factor when applying for a new job. These rankings have not changed amongst Galwegians since our last survey in September 2022.

The survey also paints a picture of what the main concerns facing workers in the current climate are, with the top 3 responses being linked to the current financial and economic situation.

Concerns for Workers

The three biggest concerns for professionals surveyed right now are:

It’s interesting to note that back in September 2019 recession was listed as a concern by under a third of respondents (26.89%), while only 15.97% listed the Housing crisis as a concern. In 2019, Brexit was marked as a cause for concern for 19.33% of workers surveyed.

Remote Work is here to stay

The study found that two thirds of workers listed the importance of a flexible hybrid work model as being a decisive factor when taking up employment in a post-Covid world.

Prior to Covid-19, fully remote work was at 9.89%. Jobs Expo’s latest survey shows us that now it's 15.73%. Full-time in the office in September 2019 was 51.65%. Today, it's 32.58%.

Mental Health Support

A worrying outcome from the survey was the high number of workers expressing concern for their mental health. When asked if their mental health has suffered because of pressure/problems at work 60.61% of respondents answered yes (down fro  73.86% from last year's survey, while 39.39% said no.

Only 27.50% felt that they were adequately supported by their employer, compared to 72.50% of professionals who believed they were not supported.

Career Progression

42% are currently employed, but actively seeking a new position with 57% having 5+ years' experience within their sector. When applying for a job 34% have sat three interviews, 26% sat through two, 25% for one and 14% have sat over three interview for one role.

48% find multiple interviews to be overwhelming and turn them off the role.

51% are satisfied with their CV, 65% haven't had their CV evaluated by a professional career coach and 66% would be interested in having their CV evaluated.

Jobs Expo Galway 2023

Jobs Expo is returning to Galway this Saturday. This careers fair is sponsored by and will be held at Leisureland between 10am and 4pm. Take the next steps on your career path at Jobs Expo Galway. Get your FREE TICKETS here

Speak with the a diverse line-up of exhibitors:

There’s a packed schedule of live seminars. The ‘Agenda Stage’ at Jobs Expo Galway will feature talks on a variety of topics including;

The ‘Career Clinic’ is perfect for attendees looking for one on one advice and will also offer the opportunity to meet with professional development coaches who can help candidates with crucial issues such as interview skills, CV presentation and changing career direction.

Jobs Expo is the leading jobs and careers event in Ireland and is free-of-charge to the public. Jobs Expo is run by Careers Unlimited, an online and events company, and organised by



Name: Jobs Expo Galway
Date: Saturday, 30th September, 2023
Venue: Leisureland
Time: 10am – 4pm


We are excited to have the Boston Scientific team exhibit at Jobs Expo Galway. They will be available to chat and collect CVs from 10am until 4pm this Saturday at Leisureland. Don't forget to register to get free admission to the exhibitor hall, career clinic and live seminars on the Agenda Stage.

About Boston Scientific

Boston Scientific is dedicated to transforming lives through innovative medical solutions that improve the health of patients around the world. Incredible discoveries start with rewarding work. Wherever you join their team, you can expect to be part of something meaningful.

John Abele and Pete Nicholas established Boston Scientific in 1979. Their aim was to benefit public health by giving patients medical options that were more accessible, cost less and were also less invasive.

Since then, the company has grown to be a global innovator. They have three locations in Ireland – Galway, Cork and Clonmel.


Established in 1994, the Galway site manufactures key product lines. These include drug-eluting and biliary stents, as well as catheters. Galway is the largest BS facility in Ireland with more than 3,000 employees. In addition, it is the largest manufacturing facility in the company’s worldwide network. They manufacture more than 3 million life-saving devices a year, shipped to all corners of the globe.


BS’s Cork facility has more than 1,100 employees. Established in 1998, the Cork site manufactures products for a variety of Boston Scientific divisions. They manufacture more than 5.6 million life saving devices per year, which are shipped all across the globe.


This is the smallest Boston Scientific facility in Ireland. Clonmel employs 850 people and manufactures pacemakers, ICDs and defibrillators. They supply these devices to hospitals and health clinics in almost 100 countries.

Boston Scientific has an impressive portfolio of 13,000 products. As a result, the company is a medical device leader.  They employ around 23,000 people across the world, and they are an equal opportunity employer.

We are delighted to welcome PCI Pharma back for Jobs Expo Dublin next month. Ireland's largest careers fair returns to Croke Park on October 14th.

PCI Pharma will be looking to hire skilled candidates throughout the day from 10am-4pm and are keen to meet and discuss your future career.

Don't forget to register for FREE ADMISSION to all exhibitors, live seminars and Career Clinic on the day.

About PCI Pharma

PCI is a leading global CDMO, providing integrated end-to-end drug development, manufacturing and packaging solutions to increase product speed to market and opportunities for commercial success. PCI brings the proven experience that comes with more than 90 successful product launches each year and over five decades in the delivery of supply chain healthcare services.  With 30 sites across Australia, Canada, North America, the UK and Europe and over 4,300 dedicated employees, our mission is to bring life-changing therapies to patients. Leading technology and continued investment enable us to deliver development to commercialization solutions throughout the product lifecycle, collaborating with our clients to improve the lives of patients globally.

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