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Amazon announces 1000 jobs for Dublin 2018

The jobs announcement is the largest by a multinational company in Ireland so far this year. According to IDA Ireland, there have been 11,300 jobs announced by foreign companies in the first six months of 2018, an increase on last year’s figure. 

AWS, also known as Amazon Web Services, has announced plans to nearly double the size of their operation in Ireland. AWS, a company which offers pay-as-you-go cloud and data storage services, is a subsidiary of Amazon (the US online retailer) is to create 1,000 new jobs in Dublin over the next two years. 

The new jobs will be located in Amazon site in north county Dublin, Tallaght and Blanchardstown and will be in the following areas; data specialisation, network engineering, software engineering, and machine learning.

New HQ

Irish Taoiseach (PM) Leo Varadkar was in attendance as the company officially opened its newly expanded Irish headquarters on Burlington Road in Dublin city centre this week. The newly renovated headquarters comprises of a 170,000 sq foot premises capable of accommodating 1,400 employees. 

Amazon facts and figures:
  • Amazon was originally founded in 1994
  • It is the largest online retailer of books, clothing, electronics, and music in the world
  • Amazon first arrived to Ireland in 2007 
  • The company employs approximately 2,500 people in Ireland 
  • Ireland was its first new region of expansion outside of North America
  • Amazon is the most valuable brand in the world (2018) It has an estimated brand value of $150.81 billion
  • Amazon is the number one e-retailer in the US, with close to $178 billion in net sales (2017)

Mike Beary, general manager of AWS in Ireland (pictured with Kate O'Connell TD, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, and Martin Shanahan IDA Ireland) said the company is already "actively recruiting" to fill the new roles. He also added: "There is an abundance of talent in Ireland which helped us to exceed our talent growth targets ahead of schedule… Ireland is a great place to do business - the country's creative culture and diverse pool of technical skills make it an ideal location for our rapidly expanding business."

While officially opening the new offices, the Taoiseach (PM) Leo Varadkar said: "These are well paid, high quality jobs, in four locations across Dublin, meaning this announcement will bring tangible benefits right across the city… The creation of these new jobs and the company's commitment to investing in research and innovation here is fundamental to maintaining Ireland's reputation as tech hub for Europe."

Martin Shanahan, chief executive of IDA Ireland, said the announcement by Amazon was a testament to Ireland's highly-skilled, diverse workforce.

"Tech talent and investment are fundamental to our country's continued growth, and companies like Amazon are bringing even more energy, vision, innovation - and good jobs - to Ireland,” - Martin Shanahan, IDA Ireland.

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