We talk a lot here about tech sector growth and the attendant jobs that come with it. Sometimes, though, even we’re surprised by the numbers.
After a whopping July, in which 1,500 jobs were announced, August has started off strong. In the first week of the month, we’ve already seen an absolutely incredible 979 jobs announced.
Not all of these were in Ireland, but they did all show massive successes for Irish businesses. The largest announcement by far saw 500 new roles in the US created by Cork company Voxpro.
Those 979 jobs should be reassuring to anyone interested in a career in tech, like those who are this week embarking on the inaugural Teen-Turn programme – an initiative that provides girls from DEIS schools with internships at some of Ireland’s leading tech companies. It is hoped that Teen-Turn will “create a new generation of female role models for tech”.
This week, we also looked at two extraordinary people who work in tech. People whose greatest achievements might just have taken place outside of the office.
Aisling, a talent recruitment specialist at PayPal, has recently returned from her climb to the top of Kilimanjaro, an epic 6km above the surrounding plains. She told us her story.
And Paul Sheridan, a senior layout engineer at Cork-based internet of things company U-blox, talked to us about the Tour de Munster, a 600km cycle he started to raise money for charity.
It’s okay, guys, just keep making the rest of us look bad…
As always, for more on any of these stories, follow the links below.
In a $4m investment, Cork tech support company Voxpro is to create 500 new jobs by 2020 at a new US centre of excellence in Athens, Georgia.
Belfast has been chosen as a new technology hub for Tullett Prebon, with the financial services company announcing 300 new jobs in Northern Ireland.
One of Australia’s top 20 tech pioneers, SiteMinder, the leading cloud platform for the hotel industry, is to create 100 new jobs in Galway.
Roscommon is the home of Jazz Pharmaceuticals’ latest Irish site, with a €50m facility to house 50 new employees over the next three years.
The pioneering Teen-Turn initiative is now well underway in Ireland, helping to get more schoolgirls interested in technology careers, with industry stakeholders in on the act.
You might think you’re a good hiker. Maybe you’ve climbed the Sugar Loaf, the Wicklow Mountains, Croagh Patrick, or even Carrauntoohil. Well, climbing Kilimanjaro is a whole other thing.
We all have hobbies – the little things that get us through the week. But how many of us have turned those hobbies into charity events that rake in hundreds of thousands of euro per year?
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