Dragon’s Den Businessman Peter Casey: ‘No-one to fill high-end jobs in Buncrana’

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Businessman Peter Casey says he struggles to fill job vacancies at his European Headquarters in Buncrana.

Speaking exclusively to the ‘Journal’, the owner of Claddagh Resources and RTE dragon said, “We’re looking to double the business over the next year but in recent times we have had poor response to job advertisements.

“All we look for are people who have a degree and are prepared to work hard. Pay is performance orientated and there’s great scope to earn way beyond the base pay.

“We have employees based in America who last year made $¼million yet we are finding it difficult to recruit in Ireland.”

The irony isn’t lost on the man whose firm specialises in recruitment.

“I do think that universities are teaching seven years behind what businesses need. That’s something we need to change.”

However Peter who is now based in Atlanta, Georgia has said that the business has had a “phenomenal start to the year.”

He continued, “We have started working with two new pharmaceutical companies in Ireland and will be solely in charge of recruiting their workforces.”

And despite hailing from Derry, Peter has no intentions of taking his business north of the border. “The corporation tax is an issue, and our office in Buncrana is doing well.”

Giving some advice to future entrepreneurs he concluded, “Make sure you test your idea out; know when to draw a line in the sand and work hard.”