The inaugural Laois Jobs Fair will be a great chance for people to see how the Laois life could benefit them.

Laois is quickly becoming a destination county for young professionals, with more and more families making the move to the O’Moore County.

Lets look at just a few reasons why…

  • Laois has a great employment rate of 92%.
  • Almost half of its population (49%) is aged under 35.
  • Rents are a staggering 50% cheaper on average than in Dublin. 
  • It has easy access to Cork, Limerick and Dublin, located directly on the M7/M8 National Motorway Network.
  • There’s also 78 trains daily.
  • Buses leave every hour 24/7 to and from Portlaoise, Dublin city and Dublin airport.
  • There’s 16 hospitals within just 90 mins of Laois.
  • Plus there’s 8 secondary schools and 87 national schools.

The Laois life has a lot going for it… And one such person who’s learnt this is Dubliner, Ciaran O’ Neill.

He relocated to Laois with his young family last year, a move he says changed all their lives for the better.

”It was the best thing we ever did. When we lived in Dublin we faced a three to four hour daily commute to get to work and it was tiring, boring and extremely stressful, Ciaran said.

”We were literally going from work to bed, and had very little downtime and family life. We felt like we were on a treadmill.

”Moving to Portlaoise slowed us to breathe again; I run my own web design company, Jamorano Design, and my Wife Teresa works for Irish Steel and is literally a two minute drive away from work.

”Our little boy sees so much more of us and we now have time to enjoy life.

”I can say hand on heart that moving to live and work in Laois has improved our quality of life no end”.

And with the first ever Laois Jobs Fair happening on February 12th, with hundreds of jobs available to learn about, now is a great time see what opportunities await you in Laois.

Laois Jobs Fair.

Taking place in the Midlands Park Hotel on the 12th of February in Portlaoise, The Laois Jobs Fair will see exhibitions from companies like Glanbia, Greenfield Global, Enva, Fingleton White, CJ Sheeran and Supermac’s in attendance, together with staff from Solas with information on apprenticeships.

There will also be a separate area housing several co working hubs, which are becoming increasingly popular throughout Co. Laois as well as interview rooms for job seekers and employers alike.

Speaking on the Jobs Fair, CEO of Laois Chamber, Bernie Everard said: “The response so far has exceeded our expectations.

”We are delighted to showcase this inaugural event and we feel it could be the first of many.

”Laois is very well placed to take advantage of a burgeoning economy with more and more companies looking to set up in the county.

”It is literally in the centre of Ireland with excellent infrastructure and connectivity and I firmly believe it ideally positioned for huge growth over the next few years”.

He went on to explain how geographically, socially and financially, Laois has a lot to offer.

”There are 13,000 leaving Laois every day to work in other counties, and we want to harness those. We have a very young population who want flexibility in their working arrangements and with our great co working spaces we can offer them choice.

”Rents are cheaper, in some cases the rents for commercial properties are a staggering 50% less than Dublin prices, rates are cheaper, we can offer huge spaces for companies who need an excellent location coupled with state of the art amenities.

”A variety of places to do business will have the knock on effect of encouraging families to move to Laois and that would be beneficial for the entire business community as people spend in the areas they live.”

”We are really excited about this event as we firmly believe it is going to offer huge choice for workers”.

The Laois Jobs Fair is happening on Feburary 12th at the Midlands Park Hotel in Portlaoise, you can find out more about it here.