US load balancing company KEMP Technologies is to create 50 new jobs in Limerick over the next three years, bringing its current Irish workforce to 80.
The company, which has seven offices worldwide, with Limerick heading up the EMEA region, is a global leader in the development of the most advanced load balancers in the world that enable all types of SMEs and global groups to optimise their e-commerce and online traffic capabilities, such as online banking, email, web and cloud-based applications.
The company also intends to invest even more resources to accommodate its rapid expansion in the city's National Technology Park.
Based in KEMP Technologies' Limerick EMEA HQ, the new jobs will bolster the company's operations in software R&D, quality assurance, CRM, marketing and operations.
In addition to the highly skilled roles, a proportion of jobs will be for graduates. The company will also add temporary roles for the KEMP Paid Co-op Program.
So far, KEMP has hired 90pc of its work experience students from surrounding third-level colleges due to their employability readiness, which has contributed to the company’s 425pc growth since it set up in Ireland three years ago with just three people.
“Choosing Limerick as KEMP's gateway to international market expansion has turned out to be a tremendous success story for the company,” said Ray Dowling, KEMP Technologies' CEO.
“Since the first investment, the intervening three years has seen an almost five times worldwide revenue growth and headcount increase. Our international business is now 45pc of global revenues.
“Having recently raised expansion capital to take us through the next number of years it was an easy decision to build on the talent and leadership pool we already have based in Limerick. The bar is raised as the charter of the operation in Limerick will increase to include some global responsibilities in software development, QA, marketing and operational roles.”
Load balancers are no longer just a requirement for the large multinationals. Businesses of all sizes can benefit from them, in a world where the constant exponential growth of online data traffic often sees company servers crashing and resulting in revenue losses of billions of dollars worldwide.
Companies need huge scalability for future online traffic as internet use, especially throughout Asia and Africa, is set to explode and KEMP is ready to benefit through its affordable advanced load balancers that prevent potential online crash catastrophes.
Since its establishment in Limerick and its accelerated growth, the Limerick team has expanded operations into 55 countries and is now exporting into emerging markets, such as Japan, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
With more than 15,000 clients, KEMP's clients include Audi, Hyundai, McMillan Cancer Research, English FA and RTÉ.
Model for regional growth
“ICT is a sector which we have targeted as part of our Action Plan for Jobs, and in recent years we have seen substantial jobs growth in this area,” the Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Enterprise Richard Bruton said.
“Today’s announcement that KEMP, a hugely innovative company in this area, is more than doubling its operations in Ireland with the creation of 50 high-end jobs is great news for Limerick and for Ireland.
“This is a leading tech company, growing rapidly in Limerick, creating jobs rapidly and recruiting young people from local third-level institutes and from placement programmes – a model of what we are trying to deliver in areas around the country,” Bruton added.
Barry O’Leary, CEO, IDA Ireland, said the agency targeted KEMP Technologies as part of the agency’s strategy to attract high-potential companies to set up strategically important business functions in Ireland.
“It is very gratifying to see KEMP Technologies ramp up its operations quickly in Limerick, create additional jobs and increase its global mandate,” O’Leary added.
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