Wednesday 21 March 2018

Google hits 5,000 employee level in Dublin, now one of capital's biggest employers

Google’s office on Barrow Street
Google’s office on Barrow Street
Google has set up an office in Dublin's 'silicon docks'
Google Docks Office, Dublin, Ireland
Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

Google has hit a milestone in Ireland, announcing that it now employs over 5,000 people at its Dublin facilities in Barrow Street. The headcount now makes it one of the capital’s biggest employers.

A spokesman for the search giant said that the company now employs 2,800 staff and over 2,200 contractors, including IT contractors.

Google’s growth follows other booming multinational tech companies in Dublin, with Facebook and LinkedIn closing in on 1,000 employees each here.

According to its careers page, Google currently has 146 positions open at present. These range from technical jobs to language specialists and accounting positions.

The internet giant is currently expanding its presence in Ireland with a new €150m data centre in Dublin’s Profile Park to accompany its existing data centre here. The move is expected to create hundreds of construction jobs and a small number of permanent roles at the facility. Google has also bought 31 acres adjacent to its data centre facilities to "give the company flexibility should it have additional data centre requirements in the future".

Recent figures from the Central Statistics Office show that average tech employees are close to overtaking barristers, doctors and financial sector professionals as the highest paid workers in Ireland. The Irish tech worker’s average €65,146, up 11pc year on year, now comes second only to the financial sector’s average €66,806.

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