HP to create 50 new cloud computing jobs in Galway

13 Apr 2011

Technology giant HP is continuing to create new jobs in Ireland. The company is creating 50 new jobs at its cloud services centre in Galway.

The investment comes on the back of the 105 positions HP announced at the same facility in December and just a fortnight after expanding its cloud R&D operation in Belfast.

HP Ireland managing director Martin Murphy said the additional investment in Ballybrit, Galway, is a direct result of HP’s successful recruitment drive to fill the majority of the job openings announced just four months ago. 

Recruitment is expected to commence immediately. HP is looking to recruit recent engineering graduates, senior engineers, business analysts and data architects.

“Our ability to fill these roles in Ireland is testament to our strength as a company to fill positions for highly skilled individuals,” Murphy said.

“HP in Galway is one of the key centres of worldwide cloud development and these new people will join a team that is developing technology that will play a major part of HP’s future.”

Future of inward investment in Ireland

The Minister for Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation Richard Bruton, TD, described the further expansion of HP in Galway as an important boost for the economy and for graduates in Ireland.

He added that the investment was typical of the future investments he would like to see arrive in the country in the months and years ahead.

“HP’s success in locating key technology functions in Ireland has meant more high-end jobs for Irish graduates. The further expansion of this programme is good news for Ireland and a welcome vote of confidence in our economy by the world’s largest technology company.

“This is exactly the type of investment that I intend to champion through my department and its agencies, and I will fight to ensure that jobs such as these are created and protected. I am developing plans to ensure that innovative companies like HP have all the support they need to thrive in Ireland, and to ensure that more jobs like these can be created and filled in both Irish and foreign-owned companies.

“This will involve reducing costs for businesses, improving access to finance and prioritising innovation of the type that HP exemplifies. I will be unveiling further details of my plans in coming weeks,” said Bruton. 

The jobs announcement today from HP follows previous expansion announcements at its operation in Ireland with the creation of the Global Services Desk in March 2009, creating 500 jobs, and the expansion of the company’s Galway operation in September, with the creation of 50 jobs. In addition, the company announced 120 jobs at its Dublin operations in September and 105 jobs at its Galway operations in December.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years