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Microsoft announces 100 new Irish jobs


Cathriona Hallahan

Cathriona Hallahan

Cathriona Hallahan

Microsoft has announced that it will take on 100 extra staff as well as hiring 60 interns.

The extra 100 staff will be broken into two groups, around 70 of whom will be experienced professionals while the remainder will be graduates.

The 60 interns are being recruited as part of the company's annual intake.

The jobs will be in a variety of areas including data analytics, project management and software engineering.

The managing director at Microsoft Ireland, Cathriona Hallahan, inset, said that the company's Irish base provides an opportunity for employees to influence Microsoft's output on a global scale.

"Microsoft in Ireland is a global hub for many parts of our operations and development teams. That means that there are great career opportunities for people, many of whom will have a European or global role while being based in Dublin," Ms Hallahan said.

Microsoft has been in Ireland for 30 years and it announced earlier in the year its intention to build a new €134m campus that would see all of its Irish operations housed under one roof. It was revealed in August that construction group BAM Ireland would build the new campus in Dublin.

"We have also announced plans for further expansion at our Dublin-based data centre to support the continued growth in demand for cloud services," Ms Hallahan said.

The company currently employs some 1,200 people in Ireland and Ms Hallahan described the type of employee the firm is looking to add in its latest recruitment drive.

"The type of people we are looking to attract should be creative thinkers with a growth mind set, passionate about technology innovation, customer obsessed, and interested in working in a fast-paced dynamic environment," Ms Hallahan said.

In 2014, Microsoft Ireland had a turnover of $22.2bn (€19.8bn) in the year ending in June and a profit before tax of $1.4bn (€1.25bn). The company paid $203m (€181m) in corporation tax.

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