Boost for Dublin as Yahoo! doubles workforce and creates 200 jobs – Donohoe

21st March, 2013

Govt Action Plan for Jobs will continue to seek best ways of supporting ICT sector

Fine Gael Dublin Central Deputy, Paschal Donohoe, has welcomed the announcement of 200 new jobs, to be created by Yahoo!, in Dublin, saying the move demonstrates the attractiveness of Ireland as a place for technological companies to invest.

“Yahoo! which has had a presence in Dublin for a decade now has gone from strength to strength here. The creation of 200 brand new jobs for Dublin, for which recruitment has already begun, in effect, means that the company is doubling its workforce in the capital. This follows on from an announcement yesterday of the creation of between 20 and 40 jobs by Demand Media, a leading digital media and domain services company, in Dublin next year.

“The positions at Yahoo! are expected to be filled over the next 12 months and will present opportunities for those seeking employment in operations, finance, customer support and HR. As the jobs at the company’s Dublin Operations Centre will support Yahoo!’s Europe, Middle Eastern and Africa (EMEA) region, language skills will be a bonus for the jobseekers who are hoping to be taken on by the company.

“The unemployment situation in Ireland is still unacceptable but the Government is doing everything in its power to create the most attractive environment to encourage foreign multinationals to base themselves, and to expand already established business, here. Through the Action Plan for Jobs, the ICT sector has been targeted as an area for future jobs growth. Announcements such as these are proof that the plan is working.

“We are now in a position whereby around 1,000 jobs are being created every month. Last year recorded the first annual increase in employment for the first time since 2008, with 15,000 jobs created over the last 15 months. The availability of a €1 million investment by Government last week for a research programme in data analytics which will be headed-up by the leading industry partners such as eBay and Accenture also seeks to harness the potential of this growing sector and to ultimately create jobs for our people.”