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Incredible 20,160 jobs announced in Ireland this year

16 Dec 2016

As our round-up of 2016’s jobs announcements comes to a close, we learn that it has been an amazing 12 months for Irish jobs.

This week has seen us totting up the number of jobs announced across the island of Ireland during 2016 and, at last, we have our final figure: an impressive 20,160, or 55 Irish jobs every single day.

In a provincial breakdown, Leinster pulled ahead of the rest, thanks largely to the presence of Dublin within its borders.

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Munster also fared well, with two cities – Cork and Limerick – seen as science and tech centres of enterprise.

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Ulster came next, with the vast bulk of its announcements emerging from Belfast.

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Connacht takes the last slot, although Galway put up a valiant fight on the province’s behalf.

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But, of course, it’s not as simple as all that – there were other announcements that were not quite so easy to apportion to any particular county or province.

We detail those final 1,494 jobs here.

1. KPMG to create 200 new permanent roles, plus 300 grad jobs

In September, professional services firm KPMG announced plans to create 200 new jobs over the following 12 months, and to recruit 300 graduates.

2. Hundreds of sci-tech jobs announced across 9 companies

Just last month, IDA Ireland announced 215 jobs across nine Irish-based companies, including 35 from the IoT start-up, Smartfrog.

3. Sigmar adding 150 new roles to its recruitment team

Earlier this year, Sigmar Recruitment announced plans for a major drive to up its staff count, adding 150 to its 120-strong team by the end of 2018.

4. Explosion in e-commerce sees Nightline add 150 roles

A combination of Parcel Motel, Eircode and evolving demographics saw Nightline nearing 1,000 employees in Ireland.

5. 150 new jobs as Genomics Medicine Ireland raises $40m

Irish life sciences and data analytics start-up Genomics Medicine Ireland announced plans to create 150 new jobs after securing $40m in Series A funding.

6. Eir to create 100 jobs as part of rural broadband expansion

Eir, Ireland’s largest telecoms operator, announced the creation of 100 jobs as part of its continued fibre broadband expansion across the country.

7. 50 roles as Glanbia launches 2017 graduate programme

Glanbia’s 2017 graduate programme will see the nutrition group create 50 positions across a multitude of roles, in the fifth year of the initiative.

8. Revenue Commissioners gets €5m to hire 50 and boost ICT

The Office of the Revenue Commissioners received a major boost as part of Budget 2017, with an investment of €5m to create 50 jobs and overhaul its ICT systems.

9. HSE to create 40 new digital jobs across Ireland

Earlier this year, it was announced that some 40 new jobs were to be created by the HSE’s technology arm, eHealth Ireland, as part of the organisation’s digital transformation.

10. It’s Monsoon season as firm announces 40 new jobs

In October, e-commerce company Monsoon announced it would be expanding its Irish workforce and opening up a new London office.

11. Vodafone to increase Irish workforce by 35 employees

On the back of increasing infrastructural expansion, Vodafone announced a host of new technology jobs that will, when filled, bring the company’s headcount above 2,000.

12. A Beutifi day as online salon player creates 14 jobs

In February, Irish salon software firm Beutifi acquired rival SalonAddict, creating 14 new jobs in the process.

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Kirsty Tobin
By Kirsty Tobin

Kirsty Tobin served as careers editor of Silicon Republic from 2015 up to August 2017. When she was younger, she had a dream where she started and won a fight with a T-Rex, so she’s pretty sure she kicked butt at this, too. Passions include eating all the cake, watching more TV than is healthy and sassy comebacks.

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