Online retailer Amazon to create 500 new jobs in Dublin

Amazon employs over 1,700 people here

Online retailer Amazon to create 500 new jobs in Dublin

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Some 500 new jobs are being created in Dublin over the next two years by tech firm Amazon.

The company is looking for data centre technicians, software engineers and customer support staff for its European hub.

With over one million customers worldwide, the business is growing its retail side with new products for devices.

Amazon set up in Ireland in 2004, and already employs over 1,700 people here.

Its last expansion was two years ago when it hired an extra 300 workers and valued its Irish operations at around €1.5bn.

The firm announced in January that it planned to create several thousand jobs in Europe this year.

It currently employs over 40,000 people across Europe.

The company said it was investing to expand its fulfillment network, increase EU-based research and development, and build new infrastructure to support its growing cloud-computing business.

"We are seeing stronger demand than ever from our customers all across Europe, and we see lots more opportunity across Amazon’s businesses to invent and invest for the future", Xavier Garambois, vice president of Amazon EU Retail said in January.

"We created over 10,000 new jobs in 2015 and plan to create several thousand more in 2016 at all education, experience and skill levels, from speech and linguistic scientists to digital media experts to fulfillment centre and customer service associates," he added.

Amazon has invested over €15bn since 2010 on infrastructure and operations in Europe.

The company's pan-EU business has over 80 corporate offices, fulfillment centres, seller and customer service centres, R&D centres, and Amazon Web Services (AWS) datacentre regions.

The IDA says these new jobs are an endorsement of the quality of workers available to tech firms in Ireland.

Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor told Newstalk Lunchtime the Irish Government cannot become complacent about attracting Foreign Direct Investment.