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Plan to fill 2,000 technology vacancies
Wednesday, April 10 2013
The Government hopes to provide 2,000 people with jobs in the technology sector by attracting more foreign workers to Ireland and with Irish graduates coming through specialised courses.
The plan would help plug the gap in the 3,000 vacancies in the technology sector in Ireland and go towards making Ireland the “internet capital of Europe”, said Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton, at the announcement of how the jobs would be filled.
This year 700 graduates from non-technology degrees will leave conversion courses giving them skills to work in the sector. Another 600 graduates will complete Springboard courses designed to help them learn new skills in technology, said Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn.
HP to build 87,000 sq-foot cloud R&D operation in Galway for 700 workers
Monday, April 8 2013
HP has applied for planning permission to build a new 87,000 sq-foot R&D and cloud facility in Galway that will house up to 700 workers.
The facility will house software R&D, cloud innovation and business services for HP worldwide.
Construction at the site is to begin this year and will be one of the largest construction projects in the Galway region in recent times. The project will employ 150 construction workers
The new facility will be a modern office building, built with flexibility and environmental sustainability features and fitted out to support the needs of HP employees into the future. In the last three years, HP in Ireland has been successful in attracting more than 1,000 new jobs to the country in addition to the 4,000 or so already in place. The creation of the Global Services Desk in March 2009 generated 500 jobs, and the expansion of the company's Galway operation in 2010 spawned 50 jobs. In addition, the company announced 120 jobs at its Dublin operations in September 2010 and 105 jobs at its Galway operations in December 2010, followed by a further 50 new jobs.
Renewable energy consultancy Natural Power to create 20 new jobs in Dublin
Wednesday, March 27 2013
Twenty new highly skilled jobs have been created in Dublin at Natural Power, an international renewable energy consultancy specialising in onshore wind, offshore wind, tidal energy, biomass, solar PV and hydro energy.The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation is supporting the investment through IDA Ireland. Natural Power operates globally with offices in the UK, Europe and North America. Dublin represents the company’s first office in Ireland and 13th office internationally. The office will be based at Beacon Court in Sandyford, Dublin 18. The Dublin office will focus on local and global construction projects. With more than 50 wind-farm projects completed to date across Europe and North America, Natural Power offers a complete and comprehensive range of construction management, technical advice, design and geotechnical support.
Yahoo! to create more than 200 jobs in Dublin
Thursday, March 21 2013
Yahoo!’s operations centre in Dublin is growing and the internet giant is to create more than 200 jobs as a result of the expansion in the Irish capital. The company, which opened its doors in Dublin in 2003, has already started recruiting for customer support, technology, operations, HR and finance, which will support Yahoo!’s business across the Europe, Middle Eastern and Africa (EMEA) region. Senior Yahoo! executives met with both An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, TD, and the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, TD, as part of Ireland’s Industrial Development Agency (IDA) investment missions in the past year. “At Yahoo!, we’re all about making people’s daily habits inspiring and entertaining, and our team in Dublin helps make this happen every day. It’s the face of Yahoo! for millions of users and advertisers throughout EMEA,” said Christophe Parcot, Yahoo! VP and head of EMEA.
“We’re keenly focused on recruiting and developing the best talent in the industry, and there is significant opportunity at Yahoo! for the right individuals who want to grow their careers with a global digital brand.”
Eishtec reveals plans to hire a further 100 people
Monday, March 11 2013
Waterford call centre company Eishtec, which in December announced 250 new jobs, is planning to recruit an additional 100 people. The company is to hold a Jobs Fair at the Theatre Royal in Waterford today and tomorrow.The company’s co-founders and owners Heather Reynolds, Brian Barry and Colm Tracey, all previously held director-level roles in the telecoms industry in Ireland and overseas. In December, we reported that 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.
Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs aims to fill 900,000 predicted European ICT vacancies
Monday, March 4 2013
With 900,000 ICT vacancies predicted for the EU in 2015, a Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs has been established to fill these positions through improved training initiatives and skills matching. Ireland's Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton, TD, launched the Grand Coalition in Brussels today. Bruton is also chair of the European Council of Employment Ministers during the Irish Presidency of the EU. “Even during the economic crisis, the numbers employed in ICT have been growing by 3pc annually,” said Bruton. “In spite of this, strong demand will continue and, according to the latest revised data, there is expected to be up to 900,000 unfilled vacancies in the EU for ICT professionals by 2015.” The minister was joined by European Commission president José Manuel Barroso; vice-president in charge of the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes; commissioner for employment, social affairs and inclusion László Andor; and commissioner for education, culture, multilingualism and youth Androulla Vassiliou.
4,300 new jobs on cards as Intel gets planning permission to build US$4bn 14nm chip plant in Ireland
Thursday, January 24 2013
Ireland’s lead planning agency An Bord Pleanála has given chip giant Intel the go-ahead it needs to construct a massive US$4bn chip plant that will produce the next generation of 14 nanometer (nm) microprocessors. The two year-project, if it gets the final go-ahead from Intel's board, has the potential to generate 3,500 construction and 800 full-time technology jobs. In early 2011, Intel revealed plans to begin a substantial new US$500m construction project at is Leixlip campus in Co Kildare, where it already employs around 4,000 people. The new build, a redevelopment of the former Fab 14 operation at Leixlip, is to develop the next-generation facilities to handle future products. At the time, Intel said the project would create 200 high-level technology jobs, as well as 850 construction jobs.Now it appears that number of jobs could be quadrupled as Intel moves to the next generation of computing technology as it keeps pace with Moore's Law.
Ireland’s microelectronics sector on track to create 1,300 new jobs by 2015
Monday, November 5 2012
Some 1,300 new jobs will be generated within the microelectronics sector by 2015, according to a survey carried out by industry-led Midas Ireland. The research, released to highlight the beginning of Microelectronics Week, reveals that there are more than 50 open opportunities in the sector today in Ireland. The sector also shows a strong loyalty to graduates, with a target to hire more than 200 for graduate programmes throughout 2012/2013. Currently employing more than 8,000 people in more than 55 companies, the microelectronics industry is a significant employer and major contributor to the Irish economy. Eighty-six per cent of companies surveyed have made operational and employment investment at their Irish operations over the last 24 months.
IDA Ireland CEO Barry O’Leary explained: “The availability of world-class engineering talent, combined with the ‘cluster-effect’ of existing semiconductor companies in Ireland, all contribute to winning new investments. This year alone, IDA Ireland has announced investment from Hittite Microwave, Microsemi, Xilinx, ZMDI, and M/A COM.”
US electronics firm to create 30 Cork jobs
Thursday, October 4 2012
Thirty jobs are being created by a US electronics firm in Cork. Hittite Microwave Corporation, which makes semiconductors, will take on 19 research and development staff and 11 others at the international operations centre. Jobs Minister Richard Bruton said the investment is worth €4m.
“This is an innovative US semiconductor company deciding that Cork is the place to carry out very significant research activities due to the presence of high-end research institutes and the availability of talent,” he said.
Hittite Microwave Corporation designs and manufactures high frequency, analogue and mixed signal electronics components.
Minister Bruton joins Google to celebrate opening of new €75 million air-cooled data centre in Dublin
Friday, September 28 2012
Minister Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, today visited Google’s new €75 million data centre in Dublin’s Profile Park. The new data centre - which houses computers that run cloud computing services such as the Google search engine, Gmail and Google Maps - ranks amongst the most energy efficient in the world. It uses an advanced air-cooling system to keep its computers running smoothly, taking advantage of Ireland’s naturally cool climate. As a result, the centre does not require costly and power-hungry air-conditioning units, which are still used in many traditional data centres. This enables Google to reduce significantly its energy requirements and helps maintain its global status as a carbon-neutral company. Construction of the data centre took just under one year to complete, and in total over 1,000 people working for over 90 specialist building and engineering companies contributed to the build, with an average of 250 people working on site on any given day. Over 80% of the businesses involved were Irish. In total approximately 400,000 man-hours were dedicated to design and construction of the data centre.
New website set up to fill 1,500 vacancies in Irish software sector
Wednesday, September 12 2012
IT’s Happening Here is a new jobs campaign that has launched today to promote IT vacancies in the Irish-owned software sector. As part of the campaign, a new website called IT's Happening Here has been launched, whereby Ireland's home-grown software companies can post their jobs. Apparently there are 1,500 such positions for software professionals at the minute. IT's Happening Here itself is an initiative being led by some 600 Irish-owned software companies. Enterprise Ireland is also supporting the drive. The IT jobs initiative will also be at the Career Zoo recruitment event, on Saturday, 22 September, at the Convention Centre Dublin.
Radical shift in student choices in 2012
Monday, August 20 2012
Students are opting for college courses which offer the best employment prospects, pushing science and technology to the fore
THE MOST striking feature of this morning’s CAO first round is the dramatic increase in points for science, technology and related areas.
Students are scrambling for places on courses which they believe offer the best job prospects. For ten years employers have been exhorting students to take science courses at third level and avail of the job opportunities in Ireland’s booming IT sector.
For years, this advice was ignored by a huge section of the student population. During the Celtic Tiger, courses in business – the gateway to lucrative jobs in financial services – were all in vogue. With no shortage of jobs in areas like teaching, public administration and marketing, there was also an upsurge in arts and humanities courses.
Students stayed loyal to broadly-based business and arts courses even when the recession kicked in from 2007.
This morning, however, signals a radical shift in student choices. The number opting for arts and humanities courses for their first choice is down by over 1,000. Student demand for many business courses is also sluggish.
Source: Sean Flynn - Irish Times
A Technology Visa for Ireland could generate 100,000 new jobs (video)
Monday, August 20 2012
A thought-provoking video just been put live by tech investor and RTE Dragon Sean O’Sullivan’s Open Ireland initiative, which suggests that for zero cost the rollout of a Technology Visa to bring technology workers to Ireland would generate up to 100,000 new jobs in the local economy.
The video contains a number of interesting points at the heart of which introducing a technology visa would enable talented and skilled workers from around the world to come to work and live in Ireland.
At present there are 5,000 tech job vacancies in the ICT sector alone. Since January the IDA has announced at least 4,000 additional jobs in technology companies.
Source: Silicon Republic - John Kennedy
Xilinx to invest $50 million in Ireland and create an extra 60 jobs
Tuesday, July 3 2012
US microchip designer Xilinx is to invest $50 million expanding its electronics engineering operations at the company’s EMEA headquarters in Dublin and Cork and employ 60 new workers.
45 senior silicon and electronics engineering staff will be recruited alongside 15 others in a variety of disciplines at the Dublin headquarters and the engineering centre in Cork. Xilinx currently employs over 250 at its EMEA headquarters where it operates a research, development, engineering and IT centre in Dublin as well as centralised supply, finance, legal and HR functions.
Xilinx first established operations in Dublin in 1995 and in 2001 invested $50 million to make Dublin its EMEA HQ. In 2005 research labs were set up in Dublin and in 2011 it acquired the Belfast-based telecommunications technology firm Omiino.
Source: Digital Times - Fergal Gallagher
60 jobs announced for Dublin and Cork by technology firm Xilinx
Tuesday, July 3 2012
Technology company Xilinx has announced 60 new jobs and an investment of almost €40 million at its plants in Dublin and Cork. Xilinx plans to expand its electronic engineering operations at its EMEA headquarters in Ireland with a US$50m investment that will create 60 high quality engineering jobs in Dublin and Cork.
The advanced microchip designer, which currently employs more than 250 people in Ireland, intends to recruit 45 senior silicon and electronics engineering staff for its regional headquarters in Dublin and Cork, while a further 15 positions will be created across a broad range of disciplines. Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, TD, said “Today’s announcement that Xilinx, a leading global semiconductor company, is making a further multimillion-euro investment in Ireland with the creation of high-value engineering jobs is very welcome, and is a testament to the staff already here as well as to Ireland’s international offering,”
Source: Silicon Republic - Elaine Burke
4000 Tech job announcements already this year
Monday, May 28 2012
On the back of an encouraging four job announcements this morning, ICT Ireland says tech job announcements for 2012 are already equal to the total for 2011.
This morning we have seen announcements for 40 jobs in Dublin from BuyersClub.ie, 20 jobs in Carlow from MSD, 50 jobs in Limerick from Action Point Technology, and, most significantly, 100 jobs in Dublin from Amazon.
With more than 210 positions just today made available for software developers, engineers and other specialists in the field of technology, it may come as no surprise that tech job announcements in 2012 have already matched the total from 2011.
Source: Silicon Republic - Elaine Burke
Amazon creates 100 development jobs
Monday, May 28 2012
Internet retail giant Amazon is to create 100 jobs in Dublin.
Recruitment is already under way for a variety of IT engineers, software developers and technical managers for the company's development centre.
Richard Bruton, Jobs Minister, said the new jobs were high end and part of the drive to get multinationals investing more in Ireland.
"It shows what is possible in a stable Irish economy, and we as a Government are determined to ensure that the strong flow of jobs we have seen in recent months from top multinational companies can continue, and we can create the jobs and growth we need," he said.
Source: Irish Independent
IBM to create several hundred jobs
Friday, May 18 2012
IBM is to create several hundred jobs at its Dublin-based technology campus with the opening of a new global services integration hub in Mulhuddart.
The jobs boost for the area comes after Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton met IBM executives on a recent trip to the US.
“Central to this Government’s plan for jobs and growth is developing and deepening the impact of major foreign companies here, and targeting sectors such as technology where we have developed major strengths over recent decades,” Mr Bruton said.
“In recent months we have seen some major successes in attracting new investment from multinationals. This decision by IBM, one of the world’s leading technology companies, that it is locating more innovative operations here with the creation several hundred jobs, is great news for west Dublin and Ireland.”
The multinational currently employs more than 3,000 people in Dublin, Cork and Galway, dividing its activities between research and software development, and services.
Source: Irish Times - Ciara O Brien
Tech firms to create 237 Galway jobs
Thursday, May 17 2012
The west of Ireland got a major employment boost today as the Taoiseach announced more than 230 jobs would be created at two different companies in Galway within five years.
Medical device manufacturer Merit Medical Systems has announced 200 jobs will be created at its new €20 million facility, while Irish internet security software firm Copperfasten Technologies is to create 37 jobs in Galway after it secured a €500,000 investment to expand its business overseas.
Merit, which manufactures and markets proprietary medical devices for cardiology, radiology and endoscopy, will add the jobs over the next five years as part of an IDA Ireland supported investment that will see the expansion of its research and development at the Irish subsidiary.
The company, which has employs 379 people at its Parkmore West facility, will be recruiting for roles in R&D, shared services, operations support and manufacturing, and almost a third will be aimed at third-level graduates. The company set up in Ireland in 1996.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the expansion was a “real vote of confidence” in the company's Irish operation.
Source: Irish Times - Ciara O Brien
100 Jobs for Total Defense in Dublin - Internet Security Co
Tuesday, May 8 2012
Total Defense Internet Security, a former subsidiary of CA, is to create 100 new jobs in Dublin as part of an IDA-supported investment. It is understood 21 people have been recruited so far at the company’s European Operations Hub.
IDA chief executive Barry O'Leary said the Dublin hub will be integral to the company's global expansion plans.
Additional recruiting will be in the areas of inside sales, operations and customer support.
Total Defense is a leading developer and provider of antivirus and anti-crimeware software for both business and consumer markets. Its product lines cover every device from desktop to mobile with multi-layered solutions for endpoints, networks and groupware systems.
Source: Silicon Republic - John Kennedy
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