Saturday 25 March 2017

Allianz to create 128 new jobs

Quarter of all firms expect to hire staff in next three months

Thomas Molloy and Louise Hogan

INTERNATIONAL health insurer Allianz Worldwide Care has announced more than 100 new jobs here as a new survey shows a quarter of employers expect to hire new staff in the next three months.

A total of 128 new positions are being created at the company's headquarters in Park West, Dublin.

The positions include medical services, credit-control, helpline, finance, marketing, sales support and IT. Many of the jobs require multiple language skills. The news comes as jobseekers were offered some new hope with the publication of a survey from business lobby group IBEC.

IBEC said a quarter of employers expected to take on people in the next three months while just over half predicted no change to staff levels.

That is the largest number expecting to take on staff since employers' willingness to recruit people was first measured in 2009, the employers lobby group said yesterday.

The news comes days after the Central Statistics Office reported that unemployment dipped slightly in September. The standardised unemployment rate fell to 14.2pc from 14.3pc, although it has remained around 14pc since this time last year.

Most economists and organisations such as the Central Bank see little movement in the headline figure next year. They also say that emigration and people leaving the job market to study are keeping unemployment steady.

Sectors with high concentrations of multinational firms are the most positive with the medical devices and hospitality sectors showing the most optimism.

Yesterday's report also showed that confidence in export sales was at similar levels to last year despite the eurozone crisis.

Companies were winning extra customers in new and existing markets, IBEC added.

Crisis

"Economic conditions across Europe have been hit by a crisis of confidence in recent months but, for now, it does not appear that this has severely impacted on Irish companies," IBEC economist Fergal O'Brien said.

"The majority of Irish businesses remain confident about both their current business performance and the three-month outlook." Analysis of the IBEC survey results suggests that Irish companies are gaining new customers abroad, the lobby group said.

"Much of the improvement in Ireland's export performance is due to Irish businesses winning new customers and growing market share.

"This augurs well for Ireland's ability to withstand the current global economic slowdown," Mr O'Brien added.

Allianz is the country's second largest insurer and employs more than 500 at its base in Park West.

Claire Cusack, head of human resources at Allianz Worldwide Care, said they were inviting anyone interested in a position to attend the Clarion Hotel in the IFSC on Thursday next.

Applications can be made online on the website www.allianzworldwidecare.com while CVs will also be accepted at the hotel between 3pm and 9pm on Thursday.

Ms Cusack said the company would consider applicants from a range of backgrounds but those with insurance/financial services experience were preferable.

Earlier this year, the international insurance company created 50 new jobs at its Irish operations.

Irish Independent

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