Thursday 18 January 2018

Technology surge to bring 190 more 'high-end' jobs

Anne-Marie Walsh and Barry Duggan

THE booming technology industry is set for another boost with the creation of 190 jobs.

Online giant Amazon has announced 100 new jobs at its Development Centre in Dublin, while Irish online start-up BuyersClub.ie will create another 40 positions.

Action Point Technology Group, which has helped ensure US President Barack Obama does not fluff his lines on live TV, is creating another 50 jobs.

Amazon has already begun recruiting IT engineers, software developers and technical managers at its base in Kilmainham, which opened in 2005.

Details are available on www.amazon.co.uk/careers

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Jobs Minister Richard Bruton said the jobs were "high-end".

Managing director of the Amazon development centre Paul Conlon said Dublin was an excellent location for finding "the top talent".

BuyersClub.ie, which helps small producers sell their products online, plans to fill a further 40 posts in the next 12 to 18 months.

The firm, run by PDQ Distribution Ltd, is based in Blanchardstown in Co Dublin.

Meanwhile, Limerick-based Action Point Technology Group has announced 50 jobs.

Up to 70 people will be employed at the company at Plassey Technological Park in Limerick by the end of 2014.

Founded in 2005 by John Savage and David Jeffreys, it has already begun recruitment for 30 software developers.

Mr Savage said the software for autocues developed in Limerick has been used by Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez.

"Our claim to fame is that for a brief period last year we had Barack Obama talking his speech from our autocue," he said.

"He came to LA and hired a company that we wrote the software for and next thing, Barack Obama was talking away and reading from our system.

"It was nerve-racking. You certainly don't want to fail when the leader of the free world is talking."

Employer group ICT Ireland said 4,000 new technology jobs had been announced so far this year. This is equal to the total number created in the sector last year.

Irish Independent

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