IBM bucks trend with new jobs


24 Jan 2003

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IBM is continuing to successfully ride out the downturn in the sector following the announcement that a further 200 jobs are to be created at its Mulhuddart facility on top of the 100 jobs that were announced by the company in October.

The hardware to services giant, which employs 4,000 people in Ireland, says the 200 new jobs should be filled by April.

It’s expected the positions, all of which will be full-time, will be created in the sales and marketing division and that workers will be employed to sell products to the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.

A small number of the posts will be created in the manufacturing end of the business.

The company says the downturn in the sector in general has meant it has already had an extremely healthy response to the 100 vacancies advertised in October and says that they are now finding it much easier to get local staff rather than having to source people abroad.

Already 65 of the new jobs have been filled.

Speaking to siliconrepublic.com, spokesman for IBM Rory Carron explained why he thought the company was managing to dodge the dotcom bullets: “I think IBM is certainly not immune from any of the market conditions in the business. But we have a very strong product line as we come out of 2002 and what we would look at is that there is a high degree of confidence to invest in our Dublin area.”

By Suzanne Byrne