Sources close to the project have confirmed that the internet search giant is planning to create between 600 and 700 new jobs over the next 18 months at its European headquarters, siliconrepublic.com can report. The overall value of the investment will not be disclosed.
There has been much press speculation in recent days that Google was about to announce a 700-job expansion.
Sources close to the project say a more accurate figure would be around 650 jobs. The source says that the new jobs will be spread across the board, covering fields as diverse as sales, operations, legal, finance and engineering.
“Google will significantly ramp up its engineering function as well as its online sales operations in Ireland,” the source explained.
It is understood Google has already occupied the entire six floors of Gordon House in Dublin’s Barrow Street with 500 employees across a number of functions.
The source said Google is currently negotiating office space directly in the vicinity of Gordon House to accommodate the expanded workforce.
Just over two years ago the internet search giant chose Dublin as the site for its European headquarters with plans to create an initial 200 jobs within three years. However, the company has clearly exceeded its own projections.
By John Kennedy