Eishtec expansion drives 250 new 4G smartphone support jobs for Wexford

17 Dec 2012533 Views

Customer contact solutions firm Eishtec is to create 250 new jobs at a new custom-built facility in Wexford after the company won a contract with UK mobile operator Everything Everywhere (EE), which is rolling out the UK’s first 4G network.

Eishtec currently employs 400 people at its Waterford site at the Cleaboy Business Park. The investment is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation via Enterprise Ireland.

In recent weeks, Everything Everywhere – a collaboration between Orange and T-Mobile – launched the first 4G services in the UK across 10 cities.

“Eishtec is a great role model for what we are trying to achieve in the Irish economy,” the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton said.

“This is an Irish company, founded by three former employees of a multinational, winning business in a highly competitive market, and growing employment in a part of the country which has suffered from high levels of unemployment. Through continued implementation of the Action Plan for Jobs I am determined to ensure that companies like Eishtec can continue to start up, grow, and create the jobs we need,” Bruton said.

These additional jobs will bring Eishtec’s total workforce to 650 across the south-east region of Ireland.

Brian Barry, one of the co-founders of Eishtec, said: “We are particularly encouraged by this growth because in January 2012 we announced 250 jobs for Waterford and, based on delivering strong performance to date, we have been able to grow beyond that figure to 400.

“We want to acknowledge the personal interest and support of Minister Bruton and the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, as well as the ongoing support of Enterprise Ireland in our growth to date and these new jobs will be subject to their continued assistance,” Barry added.

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