Thursday 25 April 2019

Facebook expansion creates 100 Irish jobs

Call for workers follows eBay taking on 450 extra staff here

Louise Hogan and Peter Flanagan

TECHNOLOGY giant Facebook is to take on 100 more staff in Dublin, as it looks to expand its European hub here.

The multi-billion-euro US company plans to increase the number employed at its international headquarters in Dublin to 500, with advertisements posted on its website for workers in advertising, safety and user operations.

Gareth Lambe, acting head of office for Facebook Ireland, said the benefits would be twofold with recruitment of workers and also increased spend in businesses in the larger volume of staff.

Mr Lambe, who described Ireland as a "hub of international tech talent", said the jobs reflected growth in social media markets across Europe but also the Middle East and Africa.

Facebook, which was started by college student Mark Zuckerberg in Harvard University in 2004, now boasts more than one billion users. There are over two million accounts in Ireland alone.

Facebook's announcement means the company is now at its maximum capacity in its home on Hanover Quay in Dublin. The company took a lease on the last remaining floor in the six-storey building last summer and is believed to be looking for a larger home. It is already using serviced offices for some teams elsewhere in the city.

The social network has already assessed several locations around the city as it looks to capitalise on rents that are less than half what they were during the boom. It is believed to favour remaining in the Docklands area, however.

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The announcement comes less than a week after eBay said it would take on 450 more staff in Dundalk. More than 720 jobs have been announced since the start of the year by both multi-national and indigenous technology companies, according to business group IBEC's ICT Ireland.

ICT Ireland director Paul Sweetman said both "visa reform and continued educational supports" were needed to ensure the growth continued.

Jobs Minister Richard Bruton said the computer and technology sector was a key area for jobs growth and they hoped to continue to grow the sector with strong support for the "thriving cluster" of IT firms around Dublin's Docklands.

The IDA, which is responsible for attracting foreign jobs to Ireland, said employment intensive services such as social media were a key focus for them in terms of job growth. "No brand name better represents that sector's thriving growth than Facebook," said IDA chief executive Barry O'Leary.

The agency's figures show around 6,600 new jobs were created here last year by companies supported by the IDA.

Eoghan Murphy, Dublin south east TD, said the employment boost sent out a "hugely positive message" to other potential investors.

Irish Independent

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