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In spite of the recession, the tech industry revealed plenty of new job opportunities in Ireland for 2011 and beyond. We take a look at some of the most notable announcements.
At the start of the year, the then-CEO of Google Eric Schmidt announced the search giant would create 1,000 jobs in Europe, split evenly between sales and engineering. In March, it bought the 15-storey Montevetro, the tallest building in Dublin, to provide more space for its operations. The company also announced it will establish a €75m data centre in Dublin’s Profile Park, creating 200 jobs building and renovating the facility and 30 jobs to manage it.
In January, US company Quest Software has announced the creation of 150 new jobs in Cork. The software company will create these jobs over the next three years in the areas of finance, software development and renewal, and inside sales for an international shared services centre in Cork. Quest Software operates more than 60 offices in 23 countries, including a sales office in Dublin, and employs 3,400 workers.
Online payments provider PayPal announced 350 new jobs this year for its EMEA HQ in Blanchardstown. A total of 150 jobs were created in February and a further 200 in August. The jobs were for permanent positions in customer service, risk operations, financial operations, sales and account management for those fluent in English and a second European language.
In March, professional social network LinkedIn said it would create 100 new jobs in Dublin in 2011. The jobs include graduate and experienced positions with opportunities in sales, business development, marketing, customer services, finance, HR and operations. The company’s Dublin offices are located at Sir John Rogerson’s Quay.
Members-only online shopping site Gilt Groupe announced its plans to bring up to 200 jobs to Ireland by establishing an international HQ and software development centre in Dublin and operations in Limerick. Roles in its Dublin office include senior software engineering to push its most critical projects and its Limerick base offered jobs in customer support
Dell created its first Cloud Research and Development (R&D) Centre in Dublin and its first Dell Solution Centre built globally in Limerick in June of this year. It said it expected to recruit 150 people in two years in roles such as software engineering, IT architecture and development. The Cloud R&D Centre will help develop the next-generation cloud computing architecture on a global basis and the Dell Solution Centre in Limerick is part of a global network of 22 centres with extensive customer engagement capabilities.
In June, Apple signed a deal to set up an office in Cork city centre, which will house up to 350 employees. The consumer tech giant will lease the top two floors of a €75m building in Half Moon Street. Apple has had a facility in the county since the 1980s serving the EMEA market, and it has hired 3,000 people in Ireland.
C&F Green Energy Limited announced in July its plans to create 145 new jobs in Athenry, Co Galway, over the next three years. The jobs are aligned to the commercial manufacturing of the C&F Green Energy's range of new small wind turbines, which have been in development over the past two years. Enterprise Ireland made a significant investment in the company to provide grants to support these jobs.
Twitter announced it would create an international office in Dublin in September of this year. The company shortlisted buildings in Dublin 2 and Dublin 4 for its offices and has already hired its first employee.
In October, consultancy firm Ernst & Young announced it will hire more than 300 people across Ireland in the next 12 months. The new hires will bring the total number of new positions announced by the company in the last year to 600. Recruitment will take place across Ernst & Young’s offices in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Waterford and Belfast for various roles, ranging from graduates to qualified accountants and senior executives, into the firm's Assurance, Tax, Advisory and Transaction Advisory Services practices
Virtualisation and cloud software giant VMware revealed plans in September to create 250 new technology jobs in Cork over the next three years. It is expanding its facilities in Ireland with a further site to support the increasing demand for its virtualisation and cloud technologies across the globe. The majority of positions created involve high-value customer support and sales specialists.