Thursday 25 May 2017

Boost as fashion firm and Facebook create over 180 jobs

Anne-Marie Walsh Industry Correspondent

A SOCIAL networking giant and a British clothing chain are to create over 180 jobs in Ireland.

Facebook plans to recruit 100 people in Dublin over the next 12 months while Next will take on 86 staff at a store opening this week.

Facebook will add 100 staff to its workforce of 200 at its Europe, Middle East, and Africa, headquarters at Hanover Quay in Dublin. It is expanding its international sales, finance and management developer staff.

The boost to the country's developing hi-tech hub comes as employer groups welcomed the decision in yesterday's Budget to leave the corporation tax rate unchanged.

California-based Facebook's Dublin headquarters is its main centre for business outside of the US.

It is among the more than 70 hi-tech multinationals enticed by Ireland's 12.5pc corporate tax rate, including Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard and Intel.

"This is not a very popular thing to say, but we've seen time and time again that we can go in and have conversations with the Irish Government to solve problems," said Colm Long, Facebook's director of online operations.

"There's often more bureaucracy in other countries."

He described Ireland as "business-friendly" and said it was easier to recruit talent, as other countries tightened up on immigration.

Meanwhile, 86 jobs will be created when a Next store opens at the Swords Pavilion today.

Centre director Ian Hunter, said it was a "strong retailer" and would add to the centre's existing 80 stores. Swords Pavilion employs a total workforce of 1,500.

Irish Independent

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