Our survey concluded that just under 200 jobs were created across 15 machinery companies this year.

Samco, based out of Adare in Limerick, increased its full-time head count by 10, boosting its workforce to just under 50. In Mayo, McHale Engineering took on 20 more full-time staff, including five graduates and nine internships. At this early stage, the company predicts it will create another 10 jobs next year. Conor Engineering in Tubber, Co Clare, noted that business had been performing well, with three newly created positions, including one grad and one intern. Major Equipment took on seven full-time staff to bring the company to 85 employees, as well as taking on five apprenticeships.