Three hi-tech firms to create 500 jobs around country
THREE separate international firms have announced that they will create almost 500 new jobs around the country.
Technology giant Ericsson will add to its 1,400-strong workforce with 120 jobs between Dublin and Athlone.
A number of these "highly skilled" roles will go to Masters students in Dublin Institute of Technology and Athlone Institute of Technology, as the company sponsors programmes there.
The Swedish company, which first arrived in Ireland in 1957, is keen to expand operations here after 87 patents were developed in this country over the past five years.
German group SAP said that it would create 260 new roles in Ireland – 60 research and development jobs at its Citywest campus and 200 technology support positions.
Both investments are being supported by the Government's Jobs Department and IDA Ireland and Jobs Minister Richard Bruton said that these announcements were a "further boost" for the country.
"Information and communications technology (ICT) is a sector which we have specifically targeted as part of our Action Plan for Jobs," he added. "In recent years we have seen jobs growth in this sector, and I am determined to keep making the changes to support further growth in the coming years."
Indian firm Wipro also announced that it plans to increase its workforce at its Shannon Development Centre by 100 people over the coming year.
This news comes as figures released by the Central Statistics Office yesterday showed that job growth had slowed in the first quarter of this year.
Employment rose by 0.1pc, or 1,700, in the first three months of this year – this is compared to the final three months of 2013, when jobs rose by 10,600.
ICT Ireland director Paul Sweetman said the announcements "reaffirm Ireland as a location of choice for the technology sector".