Bruton welcomes new jobs for young graduates at world's largest software company
Jobs Minister Richard Bruton has welcomed the creation of a mixture of new jobs for young graduates by software giant Microsoft.
Around 35 of the 95 new jobs it is creating will be reserved for graduates in information technology, finance, marketing and project management. Ireland currently has one of the highest rates of youth unemployment in Europe.
Mr Bruton said the jobs were right across the range for young graduates seeking work.
"It gives real opportunities to young graduates to get into an iconic business and to grow their skills. It's a wonderful part of this announcement," he said.
Microsoft already employ 1,200 people in this country and it is now beginning recruiting for the 95 extra jobs in its headquarters in Sandyford Industrial Estate in Dublin. Mr Bruton said it was the largest software company in the world.
"They are a really great friend of Ireland, almost 30 years in Ireland. To see how they have developed and broadened their skill base is really exciting," Mr Bruton said.
The jobs announcement was attended by local Fine Gael Dublin South TD Olivia Mitchell and Microsoft Ireland managing director Cathriona Hallahan (correct), who has worked with the company for 28 years.
She said that people who were interested in applying for the jobs could get information on the Microsoft Ireland website. And she said that the recovery of the economy was exciting.
"From an Irish economy, we're definitely seeing the economy improving. We see the shoots of optimism as we deal with the public sector, with large businesses and consumers," she said.