Microsoft reveals major 600-job expansion for Dublin
Image: Volodymyr Kyrylyuk/Shutterstock

Microsoft reveals major 600-job expansion for Dublin

17 Feb 2017814 Shares

600 new jobs are to be created at software giant Microsoft’s Dublin operations.

Microsoft has revealed that it is creating 600 new roles in Ireland, with the majority of positions in its sales division.

About 500 of the new jobs are to be located in a newly established Microsoft EMEA Inside Sales Centre at the company’s new campus.

A further 100 jobs will be available across Microsoft’s existing operations, in areas including finance, operations and engineering.

From manufacturing to the cloud and beyond

Prior to this news, Microsoft’s total investment in the country amounted to more than €1bn, a figure that includes significant data centre investments in west Dublin.

The company came to Ireland in 1985 initially to manufacture software but its Irish operations have grown to foster a variety of important roles from software development to data management.

In 2015, Microsoft revealed it was constructing a new €134m campus at South County Business Park in Leopardstown.

The new campus will house Microsoft’s 1,200-strong team under one roof for the first time in the company’s history in Ireland.

Last year, Siliconrepublic.com reported that Microsoft received planning permission from South Dublin County Council to build four huge data centres that could involve further investment of €900m, create 140 permanent jobs and as many as 1,800 construction jobs.

The news tops off a strong week for tech job creation that saw Indeed create 500 jobs in Dublin, BrowserStack create 100 jobs in Dublin, 100 new jobs at Nginx in Cork and 300 jobs at Accenture’s new R&D campus in Dublin’s Silicon Docks.

This expansion is the perfect antidote to the shock decision by HP Inc to close its manufacturing facilities in Leixlip with the loss of 500 jobs.

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Microsoft building. Image: Volodymyr Kyrylyuk/Shutterstock

John Kennedy
By John Kennedy

Editor John Kennedy is an award-winning technology journalist. He joined Silicon Republic in 2002 to become the fulcrum of the company’s news service He was recipient of the Irish Internet Association’s NetVisionary Technology Journalist Award 2005 and Siliconrepublic.com has been awarded ‘Best Technology Site’ at the Irish Web Awards seven times. In 2011 he received the David Manley Award commending him for his dedication to covering entrepreneurs. His interests include all things technological, music, movies, reading, history, gaming and losing the occasional game of poker.

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