Boost for economy as 350 new jobs unveiled
JOBSEEKERS received a welcome boost yesterday with the announcement of the creation of 350 new posts.
The new jobs -- at insurance firm Aviva Ireland, financial consultants Grant Thornton, and in the marine sector -- are all in the Galway area.
Aviva Ireland unveiled plans to recruit 220 more staff in the city, despite the fact it is currently seeking 540 redundancies in other areas of its Irish operation over the next three years.
The company had initially announced that 770 jobs would be lost but scaled back this figure earlier this year.
And the latest recruitment drive was announced following a a cost-saving programme that led to more competitive cost and staffing structures.
The new jobs will be in areas where redundancies are not being sought.
It is believed the new Galway jobs were created after the company secured new contracts across the wider business group.
The 220 positions will filled over the next two years, in insurance claims and direct sales centres of excellence in Galway.
The new staff will be located in Aviva's existing facility in the Galway West business park in Knocknacarra.
Grainne Macken, a spokeswoman for Aviva Ireland, said it had opted to create the new positions in Galway because of the track record of staff currently working there.
"The centre is there and through our sales and services team we see the expertise and work history that tells us this is the ideal place for us to expand," said Ms Macken.
The Galway facility is to become a Aviva global Centre of Excellence, servicing both new claims and direct sales for both the Irish and UK markets.
Ms Macken added that the new jobs were a "significant step forward" in their longer term vision for business in Ireland.
"We look forward to welcoming our 220 new members to our team in the months ahead," she added.
The jobs announcement follows the news of 50 new jobs nationwide through financial consultancy firm Grant Thornton.
Ten of these positions are based at the new Galway offices in Merchants Square in the city, where another five will also be created this year.
Announcing the jobs yesterday, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the news illustrates the firm's confidence in Galway's economic sector.
Meanwhile, the Marine Institute and SmartOcean Ireland hosted 'Oceans of Opportunity' -- a marine careers and training event as part of the Ocean Wealth Showcase at the Volvo Ocean Race.
More than 80 Irish-based marine jobs are on offer at the event and over 140 international opportunities across shipping, technology, research, energy, and cruise line hospitality. The jobs can be viewed at www.marinejobs.ie.
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