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Wednesday 1 October 2014

Wanted: staff to play computer games – must like ice cream

Published 27/02/2013 | 04:00

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WITH gaming compulsory, free ice cream and a convivial working environment, what's not to like about that line of work?

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EA Games, a newcomer to the Irish jobs market, was just one of 25 energetic and vibrant companies looking for fresh applicants at a jobs fair in Dublin yesterday.

At least 800 jobs – with possibly more in the pipeline – were on offer as leading international companies such as Amazon, Paypal and Accenture – as well as up and coming enterprises like Airbnb – went head to head to attract Irish talent at the Burlington Hotel.

Dorothy O'Byrne, of CCMA Ireland Ltd, which organised the fair, revealed that this sector was the only one to thrive in the recession.

"It's one of the few still recruiting," she said.

Sabien Brennan, head of recruitment at EA Games – maker of games such as FIFA 2013, The Sims, Medal of Honour and Battlefield – explained that the company was looking to expand its centre in Galway, having just set up in Ireland last year.

As of now it doesn't know how many workers will be taken on – but the terms are bound to be pleasing to gamers, both young and otherwise.

"It's a very relaxed working environment. We encourage all our workers to play games every day because they need to know what the customers are talking about," she said.

"We work hard but we try to strike the right balance."

Brian Lawless (23), from Swords in north Co Dublin, came to check out the job opportunities on offer.

He said: "I'd be interested in anything involving customer service. I'm five years in my current job, so I might be looking for a change."

Wolf Kolb, who travelled from Hamburg in Germany for the fair, revealed that his company, Airbnb – which allows people to advertise their homes as bed and breakfast holiday accommodation online – will set up a Dublin office in about four weeks' time.

"We're looking at recruiting about 20 to 30 people initially and then we'll grow the business," he said.

Ruth Gallagher (23), from Milltown in Dublin, said: "It's definitely hopeful to see jobs being advertised and it's nice to see the big names setting up shop here in Ireland."

David Quinn (23), from Palmerstown in Dublin, currently doing a Masters in Human Resources in Maynooth, said he would prefer a job in this country, adding:"My brother is heading away shortly but I wouldn't fancy it myself."

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