Friday 9 December 2016

Fresh warning on office space as 675 new jobs created

Published 21/11/2015 | 02:30

Last month Dan Kiely issued a stark warning that the lack of affordable housing for workers is now exacerbating long-standing problems over the lack of suitable office space
Last month Dan Kiely issued a stark warning that the lack of affordable housing for workers is now exacerbating long-standing problems over the lack of suitable office space

The head of a recruitment firm again warned about the lack of available office space, as two projects created 675 new jobs.

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Outsourcing firm Voxpro is to create 400 new jobs, while a further 275 medical and construction jobs are to be created by the Bon Secours Hospital Group. Both projects involve Cork-based investments, although 50 of the Voxpro jobs will be in Dublin.

The news comes just one week after Apple confirmed 1,000 new jobs at its Hollyhill plant in Cork.

Voxpro, founded by Dan and Linda Kiely in Cork, currently employs 1,000 staff at locations in Cork and Dublin and is to expand to more than 1,400 workers.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny hailed Voxpro as "a true Irish success story." The firm, which provides multilingual business outsourcing services, plans to expand to more than 1,400 employees within 18 months.

When it was founded 20 years ago, Voxpro had just 40 staff.

Last month, Mr Kiely issued a stark warning that the lack of affordable housing for workers is now exacerbating long-standing problems over the lack of suitable office space.

"This isn't just a Cork problem. We have an operation in Dublin and we are experiencing exactly the same kind of housing issues there for our workers. It is a growing problem for Ireland Inc," Mr Kiely warned.

"We are aggressively recruiting for 180 new positions. I absolutely believe we will fill them. But the problem for us is the lack of accommodation is making it very difficult for people coming to Ireland from Europe to stay and work.

"We are hearing this on a weekly basis. People are coming here to take up jobs and they are finding it impossible to find quality, affordable housing."

A recruitment programme for 180 staff was launched earlier this year and that will now be increased by a further 400.

"We are delighted to be able to create 400 new jobs over the next 12 to 18 months," Mr Kiely said. "We have a 1,000-plus workforce in Cork and Dublin. We are now actively recruiting graduates from across Ireland and Europe.

"We are working with some iconic brands and firms that want to work with the best talent that Ireland has to offer."

The Bon Secours jobs, both in the medical (75) and construction sectors (200), came as the hospital group develops its College Road premises with a total €64m investment.

It will include a new entrance and a six-storey extension to the rear for a state-of-the-art oncology and radiology department.

When finished, the Bon Secours will rank as one of the most high-tech cancer treatment centres in Europe.

Irish Independent

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