Software firm cuts 90 jobs in Dublin

15 Jul 2003

In a move that heightens the increasingly fragile state of Ireland’s hi-tech sector, the global software services company Software Spectrum has said that it is to cut 90 jobs at its Ballsbridge operation.

The job cuts are sure to cause further consternation at Government and development agency level at a time of uncertainty as Ireland’s infrastructure deficit and the higher cost of living are beginning to erode the advantages that attracts major technology firms to the country.

It appears that Software Spectrum, a subsidiary of global communications giant Level 3 Communications, is to transfer the jobs to its Hamburg facility.

It is understood that the move was part of the firm’s need to maximise operating efficiency and reduce costs as a result of the global downturn.

The Dublin office, which employs over 100 people in multilingual roles, is the regional service centre for the UK, Netherlands, Belgium and Nordic markets. Software Spectrum specialises in helping organisations increase business value from IT and communications and is considered one of the world’s largest players in its field.

By John Kennedy