A major provider of services to people with disabilities has announced plans to create 750 jobs in the next three years with 400 of them in Ireland.
The Rehab Group has confirmed the positions will be phased in by the end of 2015, adding to the group’s 3,500-strong international workforce.
A majority of the planned jobs will be based in Rehab’s 200 centres across Ireland.
They will include training, education, health and social care, IT, sales and marketing positions although the exact breakdown of where the new posts will be has yet to be finalised.
Of the planned Irish jobs, 73 people have already been recruited with the company hoping to raise the number to 150 over the next 12 months and to 400 by the end of 2015.
The remaining positions will be based in Britain, Poland and the Netherlands.
Rehab chief executive Angela Kerins said the positions will be added to another 115 jobs created by the firm’s construction projects in Limerick, Portlaoise and Sligo.
Jobs Minister Richard Bruton said the move was a sign of a “powerful engine of indigenous enterprise” developing in this country, despite the recession.
“A central part of our plan for jobs and growth is creating a powerful engine of indigenous enterprise.
“Yes, we must continue to attract world-class multinational companies, but we must also ensure that we have more Irish companies growing to scale, competing and succeeding in world markets, and creating more jobs.
“Rehab is an Irish organisation which had success in its original field, branched out into new sectors, competed and succeeded in export markets and created large-scale employment.
“I am determined that, through continued implementation of the action plan for jobs, we can see more Irish companies replicate this success and drive the sustainable jobs recovery that we need,” he added.
* The advertised positions are at www.rehab.ie
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