Up to 200 new jobs were announced by the Taoiseach and the Tanaiste in Dublin today.
Online fashion retail company Zalando who made €2.2bn last year, have opened a new tech centre in the capital’s Silicon Docks.
Speaking at the opening of Zalando’s new data hub, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said that the government “will continue to ensure that companies like Zalando see Ireland as an attractive location for business.”
He said: “We are referred to as the internet capital of Europe, and Zalando is a very important addition to this, adding that the regeneration of the docklands area is a sign of an improvement in the economy.
Tanaiste Joan Burton said that “15 or 20 years ago it would have been hard to imagine why a fashion retailer would need engineers, for example, unless they were an actual manufacturer and had machines to take care of. Today we live in a very different world and the 200 employees who Zalando will hire will work across research and development and big data analysis”.
The company’s website, which is a one-stop shop for women’s, men’s and children’s clothes and sports wear, features over 1.500 international brands and attracts in excess of 100 million visits per month.
Zalando founder and co-CEO Robert Gentz described the company as “the most trafficked fashion site in Europe”. Founded six years ago in Germany, it had a revenue of €2.2bn in 2014.
Recruitment for jobs - particular in the area of data scientists and maths and engineering disciplines - has begun at the company, and details can be found at http://dublin.zalando.com