Huawei, which was founded in 1988 and has more than 140,000 employees worldwide, has announced it’s to create the jobs in new research and development (R&D) centres in Cork city and Dublin.
The majority of the jobs will be created in Cork. The county got a second boost yesterday with the announcement that Ballingeary-based information-management company Bárd na nGleann is to create a further 35 positions for people developing user guides, manuals and help systems.
Jobs Minister Richard Bruton said Huawei was one of the companies he met on his recent trade mission to China.
He described its announcement as “very welcome”.
“International information and communications technology R&D is a key sector in the action plan for jobs, and in the past 18 months we have implemented a number of changes to support expansion and job creation in this sector,” Mr Bruton said.
The initiative is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.
The new centre will initially focus on Huawei’s next generation customer experience management product, SmartCare, supporting the company in providing customer services to telecoms operators in Ireland and internationally.
Future expansion at the two sites is also expected.
Derek Ding, managing director of Huawei Ireland, said the expansion shows a significant commitment to Ireland over the next three years, with many more highly-skilled jobs to be created.
“Cork and Dublin were chosen for their well-educated, skilled workforce offering the high-quality of talent needed,” Mr Ding said. “The recruitment process has already begun and 12 positions have already been filled.”
Huawei first established its Irish sales office in 2004 and already employs 40 people here.
The company’s customers include Eircom, O2 Ireland, BT Ireland, VDF Ireland, and H3G Ireland.
Cork Chamber chief executive Conor Healy said the fact Huawei selected Ireland as a base for high- level investment “is testament to the high quality talent pool and supportive business environment that the country offers”.