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EBay vague on whether Irish jobs to be axed


Online auction firm eBay is to create 450 jobs in Dundalk

Online auction firm eBay is to create 450 jobs in Dundalk

Online auction firm eBay is to create 450 jobs in Dundalk

ONLINE shopping giant eBay, which has announced it is cutting 2,400 jobs around the world within months, could not say this morning if Irish jobs are at risk.

Ebay employs more than 2,300 people here between its Irish headquarters in Blanchardstown and its payments division PayPal’s European operations centre in Dundalk.

“We plan to reduce 2,400 positions which represents about 7pc of our total workforce across eBay marketplaces, PayPal and eBay Enterprise. We have no further information at this stage,” a spokesman said when asked if Irish jobs were safe.

The company employed 2,300 people in Ireland at the start of 2013, when it announced along with Taoiseach Enda Kenny that PayPal would be creating a further 450 customer service positions in Dundalk, to be filled by the end of this year.

“We’re very confident in Ireland and very confident in the people of Ireland which is why we’re advertising these roles today,” eBay’s senior director of customer experience Gary Hagel said at the time.

The company has had a presence in Dublin for more than a decade. Its offices in Blanchardstown were opened in 2004 by then Tanaiste Mary Harney.

EBay Inc’s announcement that it is to cut 2,400 jobs within the first three months of the year is part of a plan to break up into three different companies to attract potential buyers.

The parent company plans to spin off PayPal from its core marketplace division in the second half of the year, making two standalone publicly traded companies that some analysts say could be worth more than the combined entity.

It will also sell or prepare a public offering of its eBay Enterprise unit, which the company bought for $2.4bn four years ago.