Amazon is expanding its footprint in Ireland with new campus in Dublin, and continues to invest in people, infrastructure, and renewable energy projects.

Global tech giant Amazon is to create a further 1,000 permanent jobs in Ireland over the next two years, bringing the company’s total workforce here to 5,000 people.

The new roles will be based across the company’s Cork and Dublin sites in the city centre, north County Dublin, Blanchardstown and Tallaght.

They will range from software development engineers, network development engineers, systems development engineers, optical deployment engineers, database engineers and support engineers.

“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”

In addition, the company, which first opened an office here in 2004, is creating roles in the areas of data centre technicians and mechanical and electrical engineers, big data specialists, technical and non-technical programme managers, and account managers.

“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,” said Mike Beary, AWS Ireland country manager.

“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.”

Amazon is also set to invest in a new 170,000 square foot campus in Charlemont Square in Dublin 2. The campus will be home to Amazon Web Services’ growing cloud computing workforce and is expected to open in 2022.

“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”

Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland, said that Amazon’s “phenomenal growth” in Ireland is due to its commitment, energy, and creativity in how it does business.

“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,” Mr Shanahan added.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said the jobs announcement was “a further vote of confidence in the skills and talent of Irish people and will provide a welcome boost to our economy”.

In September, the first of Amazon’s wind farm projects in Ireland will come online. The Esk wind farm in County Cork will be Amazon’s first operational renewable energy project outside the US, which will deliver clean energy to Ireland’s electric grid.

It will also help Amazon to meet its commitment to power its global operations with 100 per cent renewable energy by 2025 as part of its goal to reach net zero carbon by 2040.

By Stephen Larkin

Photo by Keith Arkins

Published: 27 July, 2020

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