IT entrepreneurs on cloud nine with 80 new jobs to fill
A HOMEGROWN IT company headed up by an entrepreneur in his twenties is bucking the recessionary trend by growing its workforce 400pc.
Cloud computing firm SourceDogg.com wants to fill 80 new positions at its Galway base in engineering, IT support and professional services, bringing its total staff to about 100.
Cloud technologies allows for the sharing of digital and software information through the internet. The jobs boost was one of four companies to announce new staff-recruitment drives yesterday.
SourceDogg.com was founded by entrepreneurs Mark Scanlon (28) and former Irish basketball player John Quigley (40) in 2009. They had worked together at Input Systems in Dublin before deciding to go into business together.
With Mr Scanlon as chief executive and Mr Quigley as sales director, the pair have rapidly grown their business over the last four years. Their customers include Aer Lingus, the Blood Transfusion Service, county enterprise boards, Bord Bia, and the Marine Institute.
The company produces software that makes it cheaper and more efficient for its clients to source suppliers.
Mr Scanlon said their success was a combination of innovative thinking and companies being more cost-conscious in financially tight times.
"There is a huge focus in cost reduction so people are very, very conscious of cost and they're looking at what options they have," he said.
"We've delivering a far better product than competitors can at a fraction of the price.''
The Mayo-born businessman said Ireland was seen internationally as a hub for cloud computing technologies, thanks in part to the quality education system and the focus on attracting large multinationals like Google and Facebook.
The bulk of his staff are based in Galway, but the firm also has an office in Dublin.
It is the latest jobs boost for the IT sector, following announcements from companies such as OpenJaw Technologies, which announced 45 jobs over the next two years back in January, and Sysnet Global Solutions, which is creating 30 jobs.
Meanwhile, data collection firm Datalogic ADC, a division of the Datalogic Group, is opening a new business headquarters in Dublin, creating 30 jobs "in the near future".
The company works across a range of sectors, including healthcare, hospitality/entertainment, manufacturing, retail, services and transport and logistics.
Positions include accountants and sales personnel.
Jobs Minister Richard Bruton said he was delighted by the SourceDogg and Datalogic announcements.
"If we are to reach the levels of employment and economic growth which we are determined to achieve, we must create a powerful engine of indigenous enterprise," Mr Bruton said.
Elsewhere, Runway HomeCare announced it was creating 75 jobs as part of an expansion of its services.
The positions will include additions to the back office team, as well as qualified home care assistants across Dublin, Meath, Longford and Westmeath.
The company said between seven and 10 roles would be full-time, while all the positions were expected to be filled over the next six months.
Europe Minister Lucinda Creighton also unveiled 35 jobs at Western Union's Dublin base.
Its European office in Clonskeagh has grown from five staff in 2003 to nearly 100.
The new positions will include accountants, internal auditors and customer support.
Meanwhile, 20,000 jobs are being rolled out by Tesco in the UK, but Tesco Ireland said the jobs were in Britain only and Ireland would not benefit.