Firms announce creation of 330 new jobs
MORE than 330 jobs will be created over the next three years at a postal firm in Dublin and an outsourcing company in Cork.
Private mail firm CityPOST is hiring 180 staff in a major expansion of its headquarters and 32 regional bases.
And Cork-based SouthWestern, which provides outsourcing services to employers at home and abroad, is recruiting another 150 employees.
Family-owned CityPOST, based in Ballymount, will almost double its workforce over the next 18 months when it takes on 180 extra staff.
Workers will be recruited in areas including mail sorting, delivery and collection, operations and administration.
Managing director Ian Glass said the company had a hugely successful year and was braced for more growth.
Its clients include Woodies, Stena Line, Golden Pages, Superquinn and Fingal County Council and it has been contracted since 2002 to deliver the national telephone directory.
Outsourcing firm SouthWestern will recruit 150 workers over the next three years in entry-level and management roles.
They will provide non-core services to businesses, including back-office administrative work, dealing with customer queries, claims, and grant applications.
The company, based in Clonakilty, west Cork, outsources for clients in agriculture, food, energy, media, insurance, and telecoms in the Irish, UK and European markets. It employs 450 people here and 150 at its Polish base in Lodz.
Jobs Minister Richard Bruton welcomed the jobs but warned that the 14.8pc unemployment rate will only be turned around when business costs are slashed.
He said innovation must be encouraged and access to finance improved.