Vodafone is to create 113 new jobs across its business to support the development and expansion of its network in Ireland, the company said this morning.
The new jobs include positions in HR, finance, customer service, technology and networks, and sales and marketing. Fifty-seven of these new positions will be permanent, with a further 51 including contract roles and five graduate recruits.
Vodafone will be recruiting candidates from entry to managerial level. Most of the contract positions will last one year and will begin from 1 April.
Vodafone has 1,100 permanent employees in the Republic of Ireland.
“To meet the increasing customer demand for mobile, broadband and data services, we have embarked on a major nationwide network investment programme while also delivering new converged fixed and mobile services,” said Vodafone CEO Anne O’Leary.
“We are delighted to be hiring again at a significant level to support this business drive. We are looking for people with a passion for technology and innovation who will bring something special to Vodafone and our customers. We hope that great people out there looking for a great place to work will come and talk to us.”
Under its graduate programme, Vodafone has more than 26 graduates from a range of disciplines working in its business.
The programme is now in its fourth year, with 76 participants to date, and more than 70pc of them have secured permanent positions at Vodafone Ireland.
“The Government’s plans for jobs and growth are aimed not only at supporting the exporting parts of the economy but also facilitating the increase in domestic demand that we so badly need,” said Richard Bruton, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.
“Today’s very welcome announcement by Vodafone that it is increasing its workforce by 113, with the new roles focused on its domestic business, is the latest sign of increasing confidence in the domestic economy. I wish Vodafone every success with this project.”
Vodafone launched 4G in Ireland in September and before Christmas reported it had switched on 4G for smartphone users in six cities and 31 towns across Ireland.
The six cities that can access 4G services include Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway, Waterford and Kilkenny.
Towns in the south-east and south-west of the country include Bagnelstown, Ballincollig, Bunclody, Carlow, Carrigaline, Carrigtohill, Cloyne, Cobh, Dungarvan, Dunmanway, Enniscorthy, Fermoy, Gorey, Kanturk, Kenmare, Killarney, Killorglin, Kinsale, Lismore, Listowel, Mallow, Midleton, Millstreet, New Ross, Newmarket, Rosslare Harbour, Rosslare Strand, Thomastown, Tralee, Tullow, and Wexford.
In June last year, Vodafone revealed plans to invest €5m in building a 10Gbps fixed-data network for public sector.