220 jobs for Dublin but 80 lost in Mayo

There was mixed news on the jobs front yesterday with 220 jobs created by two Dublin-based firms, but 80 jobs lost in Mayo.

A marketing agency, Acorn, and financial technology firm, Sentenial, both announced that they were intending to grow their staffs by 100 and 110.

Following the loss of a HSE contract, Mayo-based Homecare Medical Supplies announced that it was letting 80 staff go. The bulk of the jobs will go in Kiltimagh, with a further 15 lost in Ballyhaunis and Clonee. The company said that 70 jobs are unaffected by the loss of the contract.

In Dublin, Acorn CEO Phil Cottier said the pace of growth the company is experiencing has forced them to look for larger offices as the company grows into an international player.

“We have seen phenomenal growth in the last few years driven by fantastic clients and great employees. We plan over the next five years to recruit 100 new employees in a variety of skills, from creative to account management to IT and HR. All will be assisting our Europe-, Middle East- and Asia-based clients and servicing our offices in Paris, London and Sydney.”

Financial technology firm Sentenial is growing on the back of the Single European Payments Area with the company’s technology set to handle payments by five of Europe’s top 10 banks when Single European Payments Area comes into force in Feb 2014.


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