Companies are finding it increasingly difficult to source individuals with Information Technology skills here, according to the global recruitment firm, Indeed.com.

Employers of tech talent are relying to an increasing degree on interest from foreign job seekers to fill roles in this fast-growing sector.

According to data from Indeed, about a quarter of clicks on tech jobs in Ireland came from abroad in 2018, an increase from 17% five years ago.

IT roles account for a substantial proportion of overall job postings on Indeed locally.

"12% of the total number of jobs posted on the site in Ireland in 2018 were in the tech space, with jobs such as software engineer, software architect and technical support specialist among those with the most openings," Pawel Adrjan, economist with Indeed explained.

The research also shows that much of the growth in foreign jobseeker interest has come from outside of the EU. 

"Five years ago, 7% of job seeker interest in tech roles came from outside the EU. Today that figure stands at 13%," Mr Adrjan said.

"Migration flows have always been a feature of the Irish labour market and clicks from abroad can be a good indicator of future migration intentions. With unemployment falling below 5% in today's competitive labour market, employers in many sectors depend increasingly on inward migration to increase their workforce."

According to the data, the top 5 countries of origin for 'clicks' were the UK, India, the US, Spain and Brazil.