August already adding up to be a great month for tech jobs

5 Aug 2016

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.

Other big announcements came from Tullett Prebon, SiteMinder and Jazz, with smaller announcements from Big Red Cloud and Payescape rounding out the offering.

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.

 1. Irish company Voxpro to create 500 jobs at US hub

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.

2. Tullett Prebon creating 300 jobs with new Belfast fintech hub

Belfast has been chosen as a new technology hub for Tullett Prebon, with the financial services company announcing 300 new jobs in Northern Ireland.

3. 100 jobs for Galway as hotel cloud giant SiteMinder checks in

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.

4. Jazz bang on tune with €50m, 50-job expansion in Roscommon

Roscommon is the home of Jazz Pharmaceuticals’ latest Irish site, with a €50m facility to house 50 new employees over the next three years.

5. Teen-Turn work placements are helping bridge the tech gender gap

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.

6. From PayPal to Tanzania: Finding blissful peace at Kilimanjaro’s peak

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.

7. The benevolence of luck: The story behind the Tour de Munster charity cycle

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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Kirsty Tobin
By Kirsty Tobin

Kirsty Tobin served as careers editor of Silicon Republic from 2015 up to August 2017. When she was younger, she had a dream where she started and won a fight with a T-Rex, so she’s pretty sure she kicked butt at this, too. Passions include eating all the cake, watching more TV than is healthy and sassy comebacks.

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