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Survey reveals a high percentage of Galwegians have been badly affected by the cost of living

28 September 2023
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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:

  • Housing crisis 60.44%
  • Cost of living 50.73%
  • Recession 50.88%

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:

  • Alkermes
  • Arachas
  • Atlantic Technological University
  • Avaya
  • BestDrive by Continental
  • Boston Scientific
  • Brampton Care Home
  • Cairn Homes
  • Chanelle Pharma
  • COPE Galway
  • Corrib Oil
  • Freudenberg Medical
  • Gateway Community Care
  • HID Global
  • Innopharma Education
  • Irish Defence Forces
  • Nordex
  • Nua Healthcare
  • Portwest
  • Revenue
  • STEM Recruitment Partners
  • TLI Group
  • Viatris
  • Zimmer Biomet

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

  • What to do if you are in a job you hate but can't afford to quit
  • Learning and Development
  • How ATU are responding to the labour skills shortages in Ireland
  • How to stand out on LinkedIn
  • How to stay ahead of AI in your career and learning choices
  • Gaining Confidence, by Quieting Your Inner Critic
  • The Benefits of Coaching for Success in Your Career
  • CV Sins
  • The importance of your Network/networking for your career
  • How to find your career path and prepare for the right job opportunity
  • Navigating change. Where do I begin?

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


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