Amazon to increase size of Dublin office even as earnings fall short of predictions

Amazon has announced it is to increase the size of its Dublin office moving its Dublin Development Centre to a new premises at Burlington Plaza.

The announcement follows disappointing results from the company that acts as the internet’s department store.

Amazon fell 26% short of analysts’ predictions when it posted earnings of fourth-quarter profit of $0.51 a share, less than the $0.69 predicted by analysts. The company posted sales of $25.6bn (€18.96bn) for the three months through December trailed the $26.1bn that analysts had hoped for.

Managing director of the Amazon Development Centre in Dublin, Jeff Caselden, said that the company was committed to creating jobs in Ireland.

“Amazon has created hundreds of jobs in Dublin in the last nine years and we’ve found the talent we need to support our continued growth. We are delighted to be moving into new premises which will provide us with the space we need to continue to create jobs, to offer our employees attractive surroundings with great facilities and to provide a first rate service for our customers.” he said.

The company opened the Dublin Centre in 2005 as a hub for engineers and developers which supports the design and deployment of Amazon Web Services and Amazon websites.

The centre also hosts an Amazon Web Services Support team which provides technical assistance for customers using applications like Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), Amazon DynamoDB, and Amazon CloudFront.

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton said the announcement was clear indication of the company’s commitment to Ireland. “ICT is a key sector which we have targeted in our Action Plan for Jobs and today’s announcement is further evidence of the capacity for growth.”


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