Internet retail giant Amazon is to create 300 jobs under an expansion of its Irish operations.
The new roles will be based at the company’s Ballsbridge offices in Dublin and will include technicians, software engineers and customer support staff.
Werner Vogels, chief technology officer at Amazon, said it was looking for some of the best technology talent in Europe to join the company in Dublin.
“Amazon has been an active contributor to the Dublin technology community for a decade and during this time, we have been extremely impressed with the creativity and strong technical talent available,” he said.
“We recognise that some of the greatest technology minds in the world can befound in Europe and we are looking for some of these talented people to join our rapidly growing team.”
Amazon first opened an office in Ireland in September 2004, and it has already expanded to employ 1,400 staff in Dublin and Cork.
Dublin staff are responsible for engineering new technologies to support its retail operations, devices and web services.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny said Amazon had been integral to the Irish technology community.
“Within Ireland’s internationally recognised digital sector, having a company of Amazon’s stature adding more jobs further strengthens our international reputation,” he said.
The latest jobs boost follows a number of announcements over the past week by several multinationals that they were recruiting for 800 new roles in Irish operations.
In a review of the Government’s action plan for jobs, the Government said further announcements could be expected in the near future.
“The falling live register figures and the hundreds of new jobs announced inrecent days are very encouraging signs our co-ordinated strategy is paying off,” claimed Mr Kenny.
The Government has set a target of 100,000 people back to work by 2016. By its own estimates, that means 30,000 jobs will have to be created over the coming year. Latest figures show over 370,000 people remain on the dole.
More than one in 10 in the workforce do not have a job, with the unemployment rate at 11%, a slight decrease from 11.1% in September.
Trends also show a lot more men than women are coming off the dole.
Tánaiste Joan Burton said she was confident the unemployment rate would drop below one in ten over the coming year.
Jobs Minister Richard Bruton admitted the Government had “a long way to go” to bring joblessness down to acceptable levels.
“But people can have confidence that the plan is working,” he added.
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