Overseas jobs on sponsored Gov't site
A GOVERNMENT-sponsored jobs website has denied it is promoting emigration by advertising more than 100 jobs overseas.
The JobsIreland.ie site, which falls under the responsibility of the Department of Social Protection, is advertising jobs in China, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Jamaica, Norway, Germany, France, Belgium and Poland.
Many of the jobs are in areas hit by the economic downturn here, including work in the construction sector and the motor industry.
A large proportion are in the Christchurch area of New Zealand which was hit by two earthquakes in 2010 and 2011.
One unusual vacancy advertised is that of a butcher in rural New South Wales.
One of the most unusual jobs is for a singer for an Irish pub in Yantai in China with a salary of €200 a week.
The seasonally adjusted figures from the CSO revealed that 13.5pc of the nation's workforce signed on to the Live Register in July – down from 13.6 per cent in June.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Social Protection said the fact that the website advertises overseas work does not mean it is promoting emigration.
"Advertising vacancies which are based outside of the EU ensures that jobseekers in Ireland are being provided the widest choice of job vacancies and locations available with a view to providing the jobseeker with possible paid employment," she said.