Opening Bell: Google boosting Docklands workforce, jobs in housing, Ryanair denies Brexit backtracking

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The demand for housing has seen job opportunities in the sector jump by nearly half.

Figures from IrishJobs.ie show a 49% increase in positions in the areas of construction, architecture and property.

Looking at the overall economy, almost 70% of employees are feeling confident about the Irish Jobs market after a positive year of growth in 2016.

However, the company also found that only 17% of organisations have preparations in place for Brexit.

Safann McCarthy from recruitment company Saongroup said:

"About 49% said that they don't know or they're not aware of any plans being made by their employers. Now, that's not to say that these employers are not having maybe very senior level meetings, that's not something we can speak to.

"But I suppose all the time we've got to remember, nobody still has a full understanding of what the impact is going to be. So it is quite difficult to plan for something when you don't know what that something is going to be."

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Google plans to employ an extra 400 people in Dublin's Docklands.

The move would bring the tech giant's Irish workforce to over 6,500 and make it the capital's largest private industrial employer, the Irish Independent reports.

Google is also favourite to take over the under-constructed Velasco building close to its headquarters in the Grand Canal area.

A Google spokeswoman declined to comment.

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Ryanair has denied that its newly-announced Stansted Airport expansion is a reversal of its promise to slash UK investment if Brexit passed.

The low-cost airline has reached an agreement with Manchester Airports Group (MAG) – which owns the London airport – to add nine new routes there, with destinations including Copenhagen, Naples, Nimes and Strasbourg.
Ryanair chief commercial officer David O'Brien said on Thursday:

"Brexit hasn't happened. And if we're to wait around until some clear thinking emerges, we wouldn't do anything."

Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary said in May:

"Let me put it simply, if Britain isn't a member of the EU these investments, these jobs will be going to other countries."

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Amazon intends to add more than 100,000 new jobs in the United States, boosting its workforce in the country by over 50% in the next 18 months.

Positions will be created from software development to warehouse work, the Guardian reports, as the world's largest online retailer pumps big money into the creation of new warehouses right across America. 

The investment is required to ensure goods are stocked close to shoppers and fulfill it's two-day shipping promise to Amazon Prime members.y well: