Payments giant Mastercard is to create 1,500 jobs at a new campus in Leopardstown, Dublin, which will become one of its key global hubs.
Mastercard is making a major investment in Dublin with the opening of a new tech campus. At an announcement this morning (24 February), the payments giant said that it will create 1,500 jobs at the site in Leopardstown, which will also host more than 650 of its existing Ireland-based staff.
Mastercard said the move reinforces Dublin as a key location for the company’s global footprint, with plans to recruit staff – across all levels – to work in the areas of AI, cybersecurity, blockchain, user experience and other roles.
In line with its expansion plans, Mastercard will be moving into the One and Two South County buildings, not far from the company’s current Leopardstown base. The new site includes a rooftop terrace, café, changing rooms, car parking and wellbeing classes.
The One South County building is expected to start operations by the end of 2020, with a move-in date for Two South County yet to be confirmed.
“Our Dublin tech hub is an innovation engine for our company across Europe and beyond, and we’re delighted to be expanding our technology footprint in the city,” said Ed McLaughlin, president of Mastercard operations and technology.
“Our new campus will help us continue to attract the best and brightest tech talent, so that we stay on the forefront of emerging tech trends and are well positioned to forge the future of digital commerce across the globe.”
‘A substantial commitment to Ireland’
Also present at the launch was Leo Varadkar, TD, who described the announcement as “excellent news” for the country.
“We can never be complacent when it comes to our economy and employment; as a country we must continue to pursue policies which make Ireland attractive to investment and job creation and open to free trade,” he said.
Mastercard opened its first hub in Ireland in 2008 with 36 staff, and since then has grown its Irish workforce to more than 650 staff.
IDA Ireland’s chief executive, Martin Shanahan, said the new campus “demonstrates a substantial commitment to Ireland”.
“Ireland is home to some of the world’s largest payment businesses, including Mastercard,” he said.
“This substantial investment and build out of Mastercard’s operations in Dublin is a further strong endorsement of Ireland’s standing in international technology services and its offering to companies considering locating here.”