Computer giant to create 105 hi-tech jobs in software
COMPUTER giant Hewlett Packard plans to create 105 hi-tech jobs at its Galway operation, the company confirmed yesterday.
The jobs -- all to be located in the global IT division at the company's campus in Ballybrit -- are aimed at graduates up to PhD level and are focused on enterprise data architecture and the latest in software engineering and testing to support HP's enterprise business unit.
Between 50 and 70 of the positions will be filled immediately. The investment is being supported by IDA Ireland.
Enterprise Minister Batt O'Keeffe said that the 105 jobs were a significant boost for research and development in Ireland.
"HP has chosen Galway for these highly strategic and knowledge-based roles in a move that reinforces our global reputation for high-end research and development activity.
"The investment shows that we can compete for highly skilled jobs in the information technology sector as we forge ahead with efforts to make Ireland Europe's innovation hub," said Mr O'Keeffe.
HP Ireland managing director Martin Murphy said: "We are thrilled to be able to secure these jobs for Ireland as they speak hugely to the esteem in which the Irish skill-set and capability is regarded within the HP community.
"HP's strategic intent is to continue the shift towards research and development, including working with instit-utions such as LERO, the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre at Limerick University.
"We have a proud tradition of delivery in this regard across hardware, software and services in Ireland."
Gerry Jacob, HP's vice president of the enterprise business unit said the development was "an important statement of both our capacity to do more and the relevance of the skills that have been developed by the existing team here in Galway".
HP employs more than 4,000 workers in Leixlip, Co Kildare, Dublin, Galway and Belfast.
In June, the company announced plans to cut 9,000 jobs worldwide in the next few years as it makes a $1bn (€0.75bn) investment in fully-automated data centres.
However, the losses are not expected to significantly hit its Irish operation as there are no data centres here.