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12,000 apply for 500 jobs at our new Terminal 2

THE Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) received around 12,000 applications for 500 jobs at Dublin Airport's Terminal 2.

The unprecedented demand for the posts came as a surprise to the DAA, which is planning to fill the 500 positions on a phased basis -- meaning that applicants will have a second opportunity to apply.

The deadline for applications for the first phase of recruitment was late last week.

Paul O'Kane, spokesman for the Dublin Airport Authority, said: "We expected that there would be a lot of interest but we never expected that there would be this enormous amount of interest."

He said that the final number of applications received could be more than 12,000.


"This is the first phase of recruitment for the 500 posts announced for Terminal 2 and there will be more, not all the posts will be filled in this phase.

"There will be another phase of recruitment in the coming weeks so if there are people that remain interested in working at the terminal they should keep checking the website for updates on the DAA website," he said. The 500 new staff will be responsible for all passenger services and facilities management at T2.

These new jobs will bring the total full-time equivalent jobs to 900.

In April, the DAA announced that at least 400 new retail jobs would be created when Terminal 2 opens later this year.

The new employees will be involved in tasks such as security, cleaning, customer service and passenger processing.

T2's main construction phase is now effectively complete and the DAA has started to commission and test the new facility.

The total number of people employed will be well over 1,000 as the jobs will be a mixture of full and part-time positions.

Ryanair said there was now no need for what it called a "flashy" terminal following a plummet in passenger numbers for Dublin Airport.

SIPTU has acknowledged that the recruits in Terminal 2 will be on lower pay than their existing colleagues in Terminal 1, however, they said they were "good pensionable jobs", when the alternative may have been life on the minimum wage.