Jobs boost as two companies plan to hire 250 new workers
THERE was good news both north and south of the Border yesterday with 250 new jobs announced by two companies.
Japanese tech giant Fujitsu is expanding its Derry operation, adding 192 new jobs. The jobs will be based at a new business services centre at the company's existing Timber Quay site in Derry city.
There will be 177 full-time positions and 15 business apprenticeships, with recruitment starting in the new year.
This bring the total number employed by Fujitsu in the Republic and Northern Ireland to 1,000.
The new positions include technical and software-orientated roles working on projects for customers in the UK and Europe, as well as administration, financial, procurement and human resources roles to support Fujitsu's internal operations.
There was similarly good news for Cork, after an orthopaedic company based in Ringaskiddy announced it would hire 38 new research and development staff.
DePuy, a subsidiary of consumer goods multinational Johnson & Johnson, specialises in orthopaedic, spinal and neuroscience devices like replacement hip joints.
It is primarily looking for candidates at masters and PhD level and has already begun hiring.
Research and Innovation Minister Sean Sherlock described the announcement as fantastic news for Cork.
"It is further proof that Ireland continues to be a key location for life science/medical devices companies of this calibre who wish to expand and grow their business."