Want to work in tech? You have to speak the language

In recent years, tech-adjacent roles are seeing unprecedented growth. As the tech industry grows, jobs in support, customer services and more are all receiving a corresponding bump.

When it comes to those areas, language skills can be of the utmost importance.

It’s more than skill, it’s language too

A lot of tech companies have EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) operations headquartered in Ireland. This means that we at Hays Recruitment see huge demand for a wide range of jobs with language requirements, from customer services, credit and collections, accounts payable, inside sales and tech support.

The in-demand languages vary, with the most sought-after ones representing large populations and business bases. These include France, Spain, Germany, Portugal and Italy.

Some organisations will also look for languages from outside of the EU, such as Hebrew, Arabic and Russian.

The most hard-to-find language skills in Ireland are Swedish, Norwegian and Dutch. The difficulty increases when an organisation is looking for multiple combinations of fluency from one individual.

One area that has seen growth has been support roles in the gaming sector, with a number of gaming organisations now based in Ireland. A big chunk of their market is in Asia and, as a result, we are seeing demand for Asian languages – Japanese, in particular – increase.

Read more: Silicon Republic

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