Irish companies have always had an interest in creating new jobs, but for many years the world has been waiting for them to move beyond the city, or in the case of the Irish State, into the countryside.

And while this has largely been the case, Ireland has never built a significant technology industry, and for many, the boom has been slow and unspectacular.

The latest report from the Irish Technology Council (ITS) has identified the next generation of Irish businesses and workers as those with the skills to create new jobs in the country.

These include companies that are growing and will likely be able to expand, or are already doing so.

This is a good time to be in the business of growing, it says, noting the Irish economy is set to grow at a pace of 4 per cent this year.

The Irish Technology Industry Council has identified four key areas where the country is positioned to take advantage of the global economic recovery.

First and foremost is the growth of the digital economy.

Ireland is expected to become a net importer of technology products in 2020-21, the ISIC says, adding that this is a significant driver of the country’s growth.

IT jobs will grow by 15 per cent in 2020, with an increase of 13 per cent from the previous year.

Second, IT jobs are set to account for 16 per cent of total jobs by 2020.

Third, this sector alone will be worth around €100 billion in 2020.

Fourth, Ireland is set for an increase in its employment rate of 5.7 per cent by 2020-11.

This figure is expected, given the large increase in the number of Irish people with jobs.

This growth in IT jobs is not just good news for the country, but also for the people of Ireland, says the ISC.

There is also a strong focus on the digital skills that will be required for the economy of the future.

For example, the IT sector will need a more digital approach to the recruitment process.

This will include the development of a set of standards, tools and procedures to allow companies to make better use of all the technology available to them.

Fourth is the ability of Irish IT firms to employ more people, and this is the third area where the IT industry is set-up for growth.

For the first time in the last two decades, Irish IT employment is set at the very highest level in Europe, and will continue to grow over the next five years.

Fifth, there is a clear focus on technology in the social economy, with the IT employment of people in the Irish social sector rising by 7 per cent between 2014 and 2020.

The ISC says that this reflects the social and economic realities of the IT revolution, and that Ireland is also set to become the world’s biggest provider of social software.

Finally, Ireland’s IT industry will need to adapt to a changing workforce landscape, and the ISI believes that a new generation of IT jobs in Irish social sectors will need training and support in order to remain competitive.

The ISIC’s report notes that the Irish Government has made significant progress in tackling the challenges of IT recruitment in the past two years.

These initiatives include: an increase from 8 per cent to 10 per cent over the past year in the recruitment of Irish professionals in the IT and social sectors, and an increase to 10.4 per cent for the social sector recruitment of skilled Irish employees in the healthcare and social services sectors.

The IT sector is set up to remain a core industry of the economy and will grow in importance as the IT boom continues.

It is also setting up its own IT companies and will need these companies to expand and be profitable in the coming years.