Jack Quann
Jack Quann

08.00 27 Jul 2020


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Online retailer Amazon is to create 1,000 new jobs in Ireland.

The positions will bring its total workforce here to 5,000 people in the next two years.

These latest roles will be in locations across the company's Cork and Dublin sites.

They will range from software development engineers, optical deployment engineers, database engineers as well as data centre technicians, big data specialists and technical and account managers.

Amazon says it is also investing in a new 170,000 square foot campus at Charlemont Square in Dublin.

The campus will be home to Amazon Web Services (AWS) growing cloud computing workforce, and is expected to open in 2022.

The company is also opening a new delivery station in Dublin later this year, which it says will meet growing customer demand.

The 6,500 square metre facility will see packages shipped to Greenogue Business Park from Amazon fulfilment centres for delivery to customers.

Amazon says independent delivery companies will also hire more than 150 drivers, who will collect parcels from the delivery station.

While in September, the first of its wind farm projects here will come online.

Amazon An Amazon wind farm in Texas | Image: Amazon

The Esk wind farm in Co Cork will be Amazon’s first operational renewable energy project outside the US.

It is part of a wider programme for the firm to power its global operations with 100% renewable energy by 2025.

Mike Beary, AWS Ireland country manager, said: "Amazon has been investing and growing in Ireland for over 15 years, and today we are reaffirming and increasing that commitment with the creation of these highly skilled roles.

"We have seen a surge in demand for cloud services in Ireland and globally, and we are excited to add 1,000 highly skilled roles so we can continue to help our customers to innovate, especially in this difficult time, and work towards building a robust digital economy for the future."

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said: "This latest jobs announcement by Amazon and AWS is a further vote of confidence in the skills and talent of Irish people and will provide a welcome boost to our economy.

"We have a strong and proud record in attracting investment, and today’s announcement further bolsters our reputation as a leading nation in global technology."

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said the "significant announcement" is "very welcome news and is a huge vote of confidence in Ireland’s economy and workforce as we recover from the economic crisis caused by COVID."

And Martin Shanahan, CEO at IDA Ireland, added: "Amazon’s phenomenal growth in Ireland is due to its commitment, energy, and creativity in how it does business and we are delighted to support them in
their further expansion.

"These new roles, in addition to the thousands that Amazon has already here are a strong indicator of Ireland’s continued ability to attract quality global investment, despite the significant challenges created by COVID-19."

The company opened its first office in Ireland back in September 2004.

More information on the positions can be found here

Main image: Close-up of a sign on the regional headquarters of e-commerce company Amazon in the Silicon Valley town of Sunnyvale, California in 2018. Picture by: Gado Images/SIPA USA/PA Images

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