300 posts created but fears for 180 airline staff
A MAJOR business consultancy firm will create 300 new jobs over the next 12 months.
But there are fears for up to 180 jobs after Aer Arann decided to withdraw all services from Galway Airport over the winter period.
Ernst and Young has announced plans to recruit 150 workers to its graduate programme from next year. Another 150 highly skilled professionals will be hired to senior executive positions in consultancy and accountancy from today.
The job boosts come after the company filled another 300 jobs since last November at its offices in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Waterford and Belfast.
Most of the new jobs will be based in the Republic, but 21 jobs will be located in Belfast.
The graduate recruits are guaranteed jobs for three-and-a-half years. The jobs are open to graduates in IT, legal studies, business, accounting and finance.
Ernst and Young said the jobs were the result of growing demand for its business consultancy and accountancy services.
Meanwhile, Aer Arann is the only passenger operator at Galway Airport and the loss of services at the airport over the winter months is expected to have a much wider impact on jobs dependent on the airport.
Aer Arann admitted that a small number of redundancies could arise and the priority was to limit this number.
There would be potential for staff to take unpaid leave over the winter months in order to avoid redundancy.