March Madness: 1,700 jobs landed on Irish shores this month
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March Madness: More than 1,700 jobs landed on Irish shores this month

30 Mar 2018

Jobs abound in Dublin, Cork and the mid-west this month from some of the most innovative tech companies in the world.

Welcome back to the latest edition of the newest recurring feature to land in the Careers section: the monthly jobs round-up.

Though February had already gotten things off to a wonderful start, March still managed to outpace it, with more than 1,700 jobs announced across the island of Ireland this month.

One of the most positive takeaways from job creation in March has been that Ireland has made undisputed gains in establishing itself as a global tech hub.

Airbnb’s Aisling Hassell revealed in an interview with The Irish Times that the company intends to double its workforce in the coming years to fill its two existing buildings in Dublin, adding 500 new roles to the Irish job market.

What is most exciting about this news, however, is that Hassell stated her hopes that the company could emulate the growth trajectory of Google, which employs about 7,000 people in Ireland right now.

It’s very encouraging to hear that such tech companies want to establish large bases of operations in Ireland, and a positive harbinger of things to come.

IDA Ireland made a splash with the news that 231 new jobs are being created in Dublin across eight high-growth start-ups from Europe and the US. The companies represent a wide variety of disciplines in the technology and business sector, particularly in the cloud and software-as-a-service (SaaS) spheres.

Also active in cloud-based management and SaaS in Dublin, Informatica and Guidewire Software each stated intentions to take on 100 new hires apiece. Internal marketing service Xtremepush also added 20 new jobs.

The largest jobs announcement of the month came from medtech giant Edwards Lifesciences. The company is set to create 600 positions in the mid-west as part of a major €80m investment.

Ireland has been frequently touted as one of five emerging global hubs in medtech, and this influx of investment seems to further support that statement. It’s also encouraging to see that such a large organisation has elected to look at areas such as Limerick and Shannon as potential sites for its purpose-built manufacturing facility.

In Brexit-related news, BRE Global announced that the landmark referendum has inspired it to bring on between 15 and 20 people in Dublin at a new Conformité Européenne (CE) testing operation, to be opened as part of a €3.5m investment.

Cork also got its share of good news on the jobs front. In an admirable feat of braving the Arctic conditions brought on by Storm Emma, the people of Apex Fund Services got their snow boots on and went out to announce 50 new roles in financial services.

There were also 50 new positions announced in cybersecurity (which is a burgeoning industry in Ireland, Cork in particular) and password management firm Keeper Security, which broke the news of its intention to set up its first EMEA office in Cork city.

Global automation technology firm Pilz will also be opening new doors in Cork. The company revealed that it will locate a new software development centre in the county, bringing 70 new roles to Munster.

For more on any of these stories, follow the links below.

1. Edwards Lifesciences to create 600 mid-west jobs in €80m investment

Edwards Lifesciences is currently looking at three sites in Limerick and Shannon to locate its new operation.

2. 231 new jobs announced in Dublin across 8 high-growth companies 

231 new jobs, created with the support of IDA Ireland, are being offered by companies operating in a variety of disciplines in business and technology.

3. Could Airbnb soon double in size to 1,000 people in Dublin? 

Silicon Docks-based Airbnb platform wants to replicate the trajectory of Google in Dublin.

4. Dublin’s Xtremepush to create 20 new jobs after UK acquisition 

Xtremepush’s acquisition of Emailcenter in the UK will see the Dublin tech firm double in size.

5. Keeper Security opens EMEA office in Cork and announces 50 jobs 

Security and password management firm Keeper Security has officially opened its first European office on Parliament Street in Cork city.

6. Guidewire Software to add 100 new roles in Dublin 

Guidewire Software, a global software provider to the general insurance industry, will expand its presence in Dublin with the addition of 100 roles.

7. 50 jobs for Cork as Apex Fund Services opens new offices 

Apex opens its new office in Carrigtwohill, bringing 50 jobs to Cork.

8. Informatica to increase Dublin staff numbers to 250 as EMEA HQ opens 

Enterprise cloud firm Informatica set to expand its Dublin footprint.

9. Up to 20 tech roles on the cards as BRE locates in Dublin 

Brexit prompts move to Dublin for BRE Global.

10. 70 jobs are headed for Cork as Pilz opens new development centre 

Global automation technology company Pilz announces opening of new €7.4m software development centre in Cork and creation of 70 new roles.

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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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