Monday 20 November 2017

Vodafone to create 100 new jobs as part of expansion plans

John Mulligan

John Mulligan

Vodafone Ireland is to hire 57 permanent staff across its business to support expansion here.

The group said it will also be taking on an additional 51 contract staff and five graduate recruits, with most of the contract roles lasting for between one and two years.

The company already employs 1,100 permanent staff in Ireland.

Vodafone Ireland chief executive Anne O'Leary said that the new positions were being filled to meet "increasing customer demand" for broadband and data services.

"We have embarked on a major nationwide network investment programme, while also delivering new converged fixed and mobile services," she said.

Under its graduate programme, Vodafone already has nearly 30 participants from a range of disciplines. The programme is in its fourth year. Over 70pc of the 76 graduates who have passed through the programme so far have secured permanent jobs with Vodafone Ireland.

Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Minister Richard Bruton said that the Government was focused on facilitating an increase in domestic demand, as well as targeting export businesses.

He said the new roles being created by Vodafone Ireland were the "latest sign of increasing confidence" in the domestic economy.

Vodafone Ireland has invested hundreds of millions of euro in its network over the past few years. In November, it said it would be spending a further €35m in its network here.

It started upgrades in the south-west of the country late last year and also completed an enhancement programme in the south-east.

"This nationwide upgrade programme involves delivering data services everywhere there is currently voice and has already led to a significant increase in data traffic," it said at the time.

Vodafone is Ireland's biggest mobile operator, with 2.1 million customers.

Including its fixed-line and DSL service, its customer base totals 2.4 million.

Irish Independent

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