Social networking giant Facebook is to create 100 new jobs in Dublin, where it already employs 400 people at its international HQ.
Facebook’s Dublin office employs staff in a broad range of roles, including user operations, advertising, sales, policy and safety.
Among the jobs being created as part of the investment are roles in legal, software engineering, HR, product management, infrastructure, marketing, finance, data and analytics and design and user experience.
Gareth Lambe, acting head of Office for Facebook Ireland, said: “Ireland is a great hub of international tech talent which is one reason why Facebook has its international HQ in Dublin.
“Today’s announcement means we will be expanding our workforce across multiple disciplines, such as user operations, safety and advertising. These jobs, which reflect growth in markets across Europe but also the Middle East and Africa, mean we will not only be recruiting from the local economy but supporting local businesses by increasing our footprint.”
Social media: a strategic industry for Ireland
Dublin is a vibrant global hub for social media businesses with players like Twitter and LinkedIn opening global offices in the city and search giant Google employs 3,000 people in the city. Indeed the city can rightly claim the title Social Media Capital of Europe at this rate.
Ireland’s Jobs Minister Richard Bruton, TD, said he had met senior executives from Facebook in their California headquarters as part of an intensive programme of IDA investment missions since taking office.
He said: “Today’s announcement of a significant expansion by one of the biggest companies on the internet, with the creation of 100 high-end jobs, is a major endorsement of the tech environment in Dublin and further confirmation of our city’s status as the internet capital of Europe.
“This represents a significant economic commitment to Ireland by Facebook and I wish them every success with their operations here,” Bruton said.
The head of IDA Ireland Barry O’Leary said social media is a key strategy industry for Ireland in terms of job creation.
“No brand name better represents that sector’s thriving growth than Facebook. Employment-intensive services are a key focus of IDA’s Horizon 2020 strategy.
“The latest expansion and the nature of the employment being created illustrate how important the company is to the digital media cluster Ireland has developed over recent years,” O’Leary said.