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Agora Companies founder Bill Bonner. Image: The Agora Companies

Agora Companies to hire 135 at Waterford offices

18 Jul 2019

Publishing consortium Agora Companies will hire for a spate of software development roles in Waterford as it celebrates 20 years in Ireland.

After two decades in Ireland, global publishing consortium The Agora Companies will take on 135 new people at its Woodlock House offices in Portlaw, Co Waterford, as well as in Waterford city.

The new roles will be primarily in software development, but will also be spread across all areas of the company’s business such as digital publishing, and technical and customer support. The UX and software development roles will provide application support, and web and mobile application development, as well as training and consultative services to The Agora Companies.

The company employs 270 people in Waterford and, with this latest news, the Irish offices will be the firm’s largest hub located outside the Baltimore campus in the US.

“After 20 years in Waterford, we continue our commitment to Ireland’s south-east, which has established itself as a strategic location for a number of multinational corporations and continues to capture talent from the capital with the offer of a better quality of life,” said Bill Bonner, founder of Agora.

“The Agora Companies have established themselves in communities globally and are driven by the same mission: to provide a source of responsible and genuinely independent advice and opinion.”

IDA CEO Martin Shanahan added: “Having a publishing group of this stature operate successfully from a regional location like Portlaw shows how global companies can establish and grow their operations in locations outside of large urban centres. It also demonstrates a strong and very welcome commitment by the company to their Waterford location.”

In Dublin, clinical research company Teckro revealed plans today (18 July) to take on 45 people as it expands its engineering hub in Silicon Docks, doubling its staff globally.

Also in Dublin, restaurant platform Toast is set to hire 120 people as it opens a new office in the capital. The new roles will be primarily focused on product development.

Eva Short
By Eva Short

Eva Short was a journalist at Silicon Republic, specialising in the areas of tech, data privacy, business, cybersecurity, AI, automation and future of work, among others.

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