Top tech multinationals such as Apple, Google and Microsoft are the most desirable employers for Gen Z students, new research has revealed, with pharmaceutical giants also ranking highly.
The Most Attractive Employees Index Ireland 2022 was compiled by Universum, part of IrishJobs.ie, and questioned more than 8,000 students in business and economics, IT, engineering, natural sciences, humanities, law and medicine across Ireland.
Among the business and economics, IT and engineering students, Google, Microsoft and Apple were the top three choices, with Amazon and Intel close behind. Engineering students rank Intel as their top choice.
Airlines also bounced back from the Covid Chill last year’s rankings, with business and economics students particularly interested in working at the companies. For that cohort, Aer Lingus ranked at number 12, while Ryanair gained 11 places to number 20. The rankings were ninth and 15th respectively for engineering students.
High-profile engagement with the Covid-19 vaccine development effort saw multinational pharmaceutical companies continue to ride high in the rankings. For Natural Sciences students, Pfizer was the top choice, with Johnson & Johnson and Boston Scientific second and third respectively. The HSE was in fourth place, with Glanbia fifth.
Pfizer dropped to fifth for engineering students and 15th among those making IT.
Steve Ward, UK and Ireland business director with Universum said the index offered an important snapshot of the type of companies and attributes that current students and graduates are searching for in their future employer.
“With the renowned tech and pharmaceutical multinationals leading the way in this year’s Index, it is clear that third-level students are playing their part in helping shape the growing digital and scientific transformation that is underway across our economy and society, not just in Ireland. , but across the globe. Both science and technology played a vital role during the COVID-19 pandemic, enabling people to work from home, businesses to continue functioning and healthcare to take place virtually, while also resulting in a number of vaccines helping protect people during what. It was an extremely unsettling and uncertain period, “he said.
“The success of tech leaders such as Google, Microsoft, Apple and Intel in the market, and their ability to embrace new technologies and drive innovation during this period, has emerged as key drivers for students choosing these companies, something that should help. Give an indication of the kind of attributes graduates are looking for in their future employer. “
There were new entries to the index, with An Post, Irish Rail and AXA Insurance entering the rankings. Mr Ward said it was encouraging to see Irish companies ranking well among students in this year’s index.