Employment boost as 500 jobs announced

Almost 500 new jobs in the technology sphere were announced yesterday.

German software company SAP is to create 60 new research and development jobs at its Citywest campus in Dublin and a further 200 positions in Dublin and Galway in its business suite and cloud support teams.

Liam Ryan, managing director of SAP’s operations here, said it was “another strong vote of confidence in the ability of SAP’s Irish-based operations to continue to attract talent that will be the source of innovation and support.

“The technology sector is driving much of the recovery in the economy and is providing the types of jobs and careers that we need to create to compete in an increasingly international and digital world. I would urge all stakeholders in Ireland’s education and employment sectors to work together to ensure we continue to have a healthy pipeline of talent and skillsets that meet the demands of our businesses.”

SAP already employs 1,200 people in Ireland.

Software giant Ericsson announced it was expanding with the creation of 120 jobs in Dublin and Athlone.

The company, which already employs over 1,400 people here, said the roles to be filled include software developers, solution architects, consultants and programme managers.

Traoloch Collins, Ericsson’s managing director in Ireland, said Ireland was a major R&D hub for the company’s global operations. “We have a track record of ingenuity, with 87 patents developed in Ireland over the last five years.”

Finally, Wipro, a global technology, consulting and outsourcing company, is to add a further 100 people to the 200 it employs in Shannon “to meet increasing business requirements”. The centre provides the company’s IT and business process services to retail banking and insurance customers.

Rajan Kohli, the firm’s head of banking and financial services, said Ireland offers a “great talent pool and excellent infrastructure support” for the company.

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