Software, FMCG and banking top three favoured sectors for Irish business students

Software and computer services, fast moving consumer goods and banking are the top three most popular sectors amongst Irish business students, according to research released by Deloitte.

The analysis is based on the Universum Talent Survey 2014 which involves Deloitte examining results from 174,000 business students in 31 markets globally. Some 870 business students in Ireland were surveyed.

A quarter of respondents indicated that software was their sector of choice, compared with 14pc who favour the banking industry. This dominance is more pronounced than anywhere else in Europe, the Middle East, or Africa. 

The top career goals identified by business students in Ireland were to have a work-life balance (63pc); to be secure or stable in their job (46pc); and to be a leader or manager of people (39pc). 

Among those respondents who indicated that they would be interested in a career in banking, “to be competitively or intellectually challenged” was the second most popular career goal, after achieving a work-life balance.

The findings also show that €36,700 is the expected annual salary amongst Irish business students. This rises to €42,900 amongst banking-inclined students, and to €45,300 amongst investment banking-inclined students. 

“Ireland’s technology industry is strong and thriving, which is extremely positive in terms of driving the Irish economy and indeed the career opportunities that it offers graduates here,” said David Dalton, head of financial services, Deloitte.

“In no other market do so many high-tech companies feature in the ‘ideal employer’ listings. In short, the competition for talent is intense – both from other industries, and overseas opportunities within the banking industry.”

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