Thursday 21 February 2019

Salesforce unveils 1,500 Dublin jobs and 'tower' in record deal

An artist’s impression of the new Salesforce Tower in Dublin. Photo: PA
An artist’s impression of the new Salesforce Tower in Dublin. Photo: PA

Adrian Weckler and Ronald Quinlan

Salesforce, the business software company, is to add 1,500 jobs to its Dublin operation at a new 'urban campus' in the docklands.

The new development is the single biggest commercial letting deal in Irish history, with the 430,000 sq ft development possibly to be joined by an additional 100,000 sq ft of space subject to planning permission.

This is larger than the previous largest commercial letting, Facebook's 350,000 sq ft campus development as its European headquarters on the site of the AIB Bank Centre in Ballsbridge. Both developments are in collaboration with developer Johnny Ronan.

The Salesforce Dublin development deal was originally reported by the Irish Independent last July.

However, its new 'Salesforce Tower' will only be six storeys high, unlike the similarly named 'Salesforce Tower' buildings in San Francisco and London, which are those cities' tallest and third-tallest buildings, respectively.

Salesforce already employs 1,400 people in Dublin. The move follows announcements from Google, Facebook, Amazon and WeWork, which will see a handful of tech giants dominate Dublin's city workforce.

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar; Salesforce Ireland country leader Dr David Dempsey and Salesforce president and CFO Mark Hawkins at the Convention Centre. Photo: Julien Behal
Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar; Salesforce Ireland country leader Dr David Dempsey and Salesforce president and CFO Mark Hawkins at the Convention Centre. Photo: Julien Behal

"This is one of the largest jobs announcements in Ireland in recent years," said Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, speaking at the launch event.

The announcement indicates that tech companies are starting to spread to Dublin's northside, having filled the south docklands.

The highly paid jobs are expected to put new pressure on rents around Dublin's centre.

"Europe is Salesforce's fastest growing region, and Ireland has been a significant part of our success. We are excited to be announcing our continued commitment with this investment in Dublin as we grow our team in the coming years," said Miguel Milano, President, International, Salesforce.

The company's philanthropic arm also announced an €880,000 grant to Educate Together, an educational charity that operates schools in Ireland with 84 primary schools and 13 second-level schools, providing education for more than 28,000 pupils.

Irish Independent

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