Five people stand in a bright office building, two of whom are wearing hard hats and ESB-branded high-vis jackets.
From left: Nzinge Golding, ESB Networks; Minister Eamon Ryan; Sinead Kilkelly, ESB; Paddy Hayes, ESB; and Ciara Connolly, ESB Networks. Image: Fennell Photography

ESB is hiring for 1,000 new jobs as it plots Ireland’s energy future

30 May 2022

As the company works towards its net-zero target, it will be recruiting for marine geologists, cyber specialists and a host of engineering roles.

ESB plans to recruit for 1,000 jobs over the next three years.

The majority of new roles will be based in Ireland and the company will be looking for technical and specialist skills across engineering, IT and more.

The Irish energy group said the recruitment drive will support its strategy to reach net-zero emissions by 2040.

Announced earlier this year, the strategy includes placing a greater focus on renewable energy and reducing the carbon intensity of its electricity generation by two-thirds by 2030.

Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications Eamon Ryan, TD, said ESB’s new recruits would “play a key role in creating a clean energy future for us all”.

“This is a critical time for Ireland’s energy landscape, as we work together to achieve the targets set out in the Climate Action Plan,” he added. “I welcome ESB’s announcement today, setting out a plan to actively recruit people with the range of skills needed to support its own ambition to achieve net zero by 2040.”

ESB Group already employs around 8,000 people across its business units, which include ESB Networks, Electric Ireland and ESB International.

It is now looking to add to that figure, hiring for jobs including marine geologists, geotechnical roles, cyber specialists, data scientists, AI and cloud specialists, engineers in the renewables space, civil engineers, electrical and mechanical engineers, project managers, network planners, commercial analysts, customer service staff and qualified electricians.

It also plans to take on more than 300 graduates, apprentices and trainees over the next three years as part of the recruitment drive.

Paddy Hayes, chief executive of ESB, said the hiring plan marks “another positive step” in the group’s 2040 strategy.

“Today, we are making a call for talented and driven individuals to join us as we work together to make a difference by delivering a net-zero energy future for the customers and communities we serve.”

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Sarah Harford
By Sarah Harford

Sarah Harford was sub-editor of Silicon Republic for three and a half years.

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