Up to 250 jobs created in Cork by leading software firm
Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD is set to attend the opening of a new software firm, VMware in Ballincollig in Cork which is expected to create 250 new jobs over the course of three years.
VMware is the global leader in virtualisation and cloud infrastructure which facilitates the transition from hardware to online storage.
The majority of the positions will be for customer support, sales specialists and recruitment.
The plans were announced at the opening of a new office at the VMware facilities in Co. Cork where the firm already hires 550 employees.
"The expansion reflects the success we’re experiencing at a time when virtualisation and cloud computing has moved to the top of the business agenda," said Maurizio Carli, senior vice president at VMware.
"The availability of the required skill-sets and languages in Ireland, along with the strong work ethic and solutions-orientated approach of the campus, has proved to be invaluable for our business," he continued.
Upon making the announcement Mr. Bruton said this was great news for Cork and that it was in keeping with the government's attempts to target high-tech sectors for job creation.
“Jobs are at the very top of this Government’s agenda and I am determined to do everything possible to achieve the job-creation we so badly need. It means targeting specific sectors where Ireland has advantages, including cloud computing where it is estimated that 8,600 jobs can be created by 2014," he said.
Meanwhile announcements were made yesterday for up to 425 job losses at two companies in Dublin.
Online poker firm Full Tilt's Irish division, Pocket Kings, is expected to lay off up to 250 staff from its Dublin unit after allegations surfaced in the US that it's founder may have been involved in money laundering, bank fraud and illegal gambling offences.
While Allied Logistics is expected to reduce its workforce by 175 people after losing a major contract with Dunnes Stores.