As you may know Ireland is suffering a financial crisis.
Jobs being lost, taxes up, wages down, IMF and EU keeping things ticking over etc..
We up until recently had a state funded project called "Work Placement Programme". Basically companies generously gave jobs to recently unemployed skilled people to help them upskill and the state paid the wages with our overly generous social welfare system. The employee kept whatever welfare benefit they were entitled to while unemployed. A single person gets €200 a week + rent + free healthcare. This has lead to a situation where small to medium size companies and professional service providers such as solictors, doctors etc.. now get state funded secretaries, admin staff, web designers, architects, accountants or whatever for free. so unsurprisingly they are not really hiring people.
Given the enormous success of that scheme at generating political approval for those that seek such things a new scheme has been introduced called Jobs Bridge. In this scheme the state will now pay more than the social welfare payment the person would have been entitled to to provide free labour to profitable companies that want to help the state by generously taking on the free staff.
By and large the people being hired are qualified and experienced all ready.
By and large jobs for admin type work have disappeared.
By and large jobs for lower end IT Tech have disappeared.
By and large Jobs for Web Design, Graphic design etc.. have disappeared.
This is all because the state is paying for companies to have FREE labour.
It's depressing being here at the moment to be honest.