It was a good year for jobseekers in Connacht as more than 2,000 jobs were announced across the region. However, almost two-thirds of these jobs were specific to Galway.
60pc of job announcements in Connacht this year were based in Galway, with the rest scattered around Mayo, Sligo, Roscommon and Leitrim.
With 2,000 jobs in the western region, more than 1,200 of them were in Galway. However, one of the earliest job announcements of the year came to Mayo, with a boost of 300 thanks to environmental services company, Veolia.
The year saw a steady number of job announcements for the region throughout 2016, with a particular spike in September, which had four separate announcements for Galway, including a nationwide jobs announcement from KPMG, and two more for Mayo.
French environmental services group Veolia is targeting significant growth in Ireland, announcing 300 jobs as we “transition to a low-carbon economy”.
A merger between two technology companies in Galway has seen a new entity, Intuity, announce plans for a 100-strong expansion to its workforce.
Claremorris-headquartered retail tech firm CBE Software is to create 40 new jobs in an R&D-led expansion that will see the company’s workforce expand to 150 people by the end of 2017.
Ireland’s largest indigenous pharmaceuticals manufacturer Chanelle Group is to invest €70m in a major manufacturing expansion supported by Enterprise Ireland, which will result in the creation of 175 new jobs in Loughrea, Co Galway.
Alere, a Galway-based medtech firm specialising in medical diagnostics, has announced it is to create 40 jobs at its plant in Ballybrit.
IT firm Ipswitch is opening up its EMEA HQ in Galway, with 60 jobs to be created over the next five years. This number represents a major chunk of its global workforce.
In good news for rural Ireland, MyITdepartment.ie has announced it is to hire 10 staff members for its new facility in Athleague, Co Roscommon.
Online home decor company Wayfair is dramatically expanding its Galway operations, with a new facility to up its employee count by 160.
Engineering company LotusWorks is adding 100 staff to its 470-strong workforce in Sligo, with 50 to be in place by Christmas.
Professional services firm EY is expanding its presence in Ireland with new offices in Dublin and Galway, along with the creation of 270 jobs over the next 12 months.
Galway’s medical device cluster is to be given a boost with the news that US medical devices company Surmodics is to create 100 new jobs in the region, as part of a €10m investment in R&D.
Medtech company Zeltiq Aesthetics has today announced the establishment of a European manufacturing facility in Galway, and the creation of 60 new jobs.
Mayo-based sports software start-up Sportlomo is to create 25 new jobs, after raising a €270,000 investment round from western-focused angel syndicate WxNW and Enterprise Ireland.
DiaNia Technologies, a medical devices start-up based in Galway, is to create 20 jobs over the next two years, having raised €2m in funding to create catheter-based devices.
Some 60 jobs are to be created in Loughrea, Co Galway, by subsidiaries of Portuguese multinational Mota-Engil, which is establishing its UK and Ireland HQ in the town.
Medical device company Proxy Biomedical is putting €3.5m into an expansion at its facilities in Galway, with 35 jobs to follow.
One of Australia’s top 20 tech pioneers, SiteMinder, the leading cloud platform for the hotel industry, is to create 100 new jobs in Galway.
Roscommon is the home of Jazz Pharmaceuticals’ latest Irish site, with a €50m facility to house 50 new employees over the next three years.
Leitrim has received a significant jobs boost with news that the medical devices manufacturer VistaMed is to create 163 jobs there, with the opening of its new facility in Carrick-on-Shannon.
Coca-Cola is to create 25 new jobs at its Ballina plant, which will become the first production site outside the US for the drinks company’s Freestyle technology.
It has emerged that professional services firm KPMG is to create 200 new jobs over the next 12 months, and it will also recruit 300 graduates.
MathWorks, a mathematical computing software maker for engineers and scientists, is to create 50 jobs at a new location in Galway.
Fort Wayne Metals, a company that develops wiring and components for medical devices, has announced it is to expand its production facility in Castlebar, Co Mayo, with the creation of 40 jobs.
50 new roles at SMT in Galway headquarters will include a state-of-the-art R&D and innovation centre.
Wood Group, a company that services the oil and gas industry, has established a new data analytics centre of excellence at its Galway office.
Aviva is insuring itself against future change as it announces plans to create 50 jobs at its Galway office, as part of a new internal digital hub.
Insurance giant MetLife has announced plans to expand its Irish operation with the opening of a new global technology campus in Galway, creating 200 jobs in the process.
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