By Pádraig Hoare
Amazon has said it will add 1,000 jobs in Dublin over the next two years, after opening a 170,000sq ft building in the city centre.
The Jeff Bezos-founded company, worth around €718bn, said the jobs would double the growth target that it committed to in 2016, when the company pledged to hire 500 people in two years.
The jobs will be based at its new facility as well as north County Dublin, Blanchardstown and Tallaght. They will be in IT specialist roles and technical management for Amazon and Amazon Web Services.
The firm said the jobs reflected its growing investments in the country as a centre for software engineering, research, and customer services.
Amazon employs more than 2,500 in Ireland supporting customers from around the world, according to Amazon Web Services Ireland country manager Mike Beary.
Amazon first opened an office here in 2004 and added a customer service centre in Cork in 2006, which employs more than 1,000.
“There is an abundance of talent in Ireland which helped us to exceed our talent growth targets ahead of schedule. Ireland is a great place to do business, the country’s creative culture and diverse pool of technical skills make it an ideal location for our rapidly expanding business,” said Mr Beary.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the jobs further positioned the country as an innovative digital economy and a global leader for the tech sector, and would bring “tangible benefits right across the city”.
He said existing staff and management at Amazon in Ireland “allowed the company to go from strength to strength here over the last 14 years”.
IDA chief executive Martin Shanahan said that tech talent and investment are fundamental to our country’s continued growth.
“Companies like Amazon are bringing even more energy, vision, innovation and good jobs to Ireland,” he said.
Separately, there were 100 jobs for Dublin announced by digital innovation firm Avanade, which announced the launch of its business in Ireland.
Cork native Graham Healy, former managing director in the Accenture health and public service operating group, has been appointed to lead the Irish arm of the firm.
Avanade was established by Accenture and Microsoft in 2000, and has more than 30,000 employees globally.
The firm will initially share an office with Accenture at Grand Canal Square.