300 new jobs at Cork outsourcing firm
An outsourcing firm is to create 300 more jobs at its operations centres in Cork, it was announced today.
Abtran, which already has 1,000 staff, said the employment boost was a direct result of a €3.5m investment in research and development.
Batt O'Keeffe, Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, joined management at the firm to announce the expansion and said new staff would be taken on over the next three years.
"Companies such as Abtran are at the forefront of innovation, creating jobs and the products and services of tomorrow by opening new markets and driving our export sales footprint across the globe," he said.
The new jobs will be in management, business administration, finance, resource planning, IT and human resources. Other positions will also be available in sales and customer service support for Abtran's clients.
Michael Fitzgerald, Abtran managing director, said: "We have established a network of business, academic, commercial and public sector interests to create banks of expertise around service delivery to customers and citizens.
"Practically, this means better services, reduced costs and overall value for money for our clients.
"By investing further in research and development and innovation, we will continue to increase our competitiveness and this will fuel our further growth."
The expansion follows a €6m Enterprise Ireland-backed investment announced by Taoiseach Brian Cowen last year which created more than 250 jobs.
The new jobs will be based at Abtran's offices in Curraheen Road and Model Farm Road in Cork.
Abtran is Ireland's largest indigenous business outsourcing firm with a projected turnover of more than €40m this year.