Tech giant Amazon is all set to create around 500 jobs in its Dublin base over the next two years to expand its European workforce.
Amazon, which is owned by Jeff Bezos, is looking forward to adding high tech positions like data center technicians, software engineers, and customer support staff. Dublin acts as Amazon’s technical hub in Europe.
Amazon has been in the Republic of Ireland for 12 years and in 2014 it announced that it was expanding its workforce by a further 300. It already employs 1,700 people in the Dublin city and Cork.
The recruitment process for the posts has begun and will fill all the positions between now and 2018. The work will be based throughout the firm’s businesses that will also include its online retail arm and its data storage service.
General Manager for Amazon Ireland, Jeff Caselden, told that the company’s decision to continue to invest in the Republic of Ireland was down to a technically skilled workforce and the infrastructure.
He also added, “Ireland’s got a very creative culture and we’re also a member of the European Union so there’s a large talent pool we can pull from her. Secondly, the infrastructure that we have in the country is very suitable for what we need to do. Connectivity is very important to us”.
The Taoiseach, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor, and IDA Chief Executive Martin Shanahan, who said the IDA would use the news to sell Ireland abroad as a suitable place to invest, has also welcomed the announcement with great preference.
“Creating so many new jobs, as announced today, and having such a solid presence in both Dublin and Cork, makes this company a key player for us in developing the knowledge-based sector in Ireland,” quoted Mary Mitchell.
The company as per now has not provided any simplified figure for the investment but it is very much reasonable enough to expect that there would be further investment in both the workforce and infrastructure in Ireland if they see the same growth since 2014.