As we look back on the job announcements of 2016, we learn that it has been an amazing 12 months for Irish jobs. Almost 20,000 jobs were announced over the course of the year marking 2016 as the second year of record job growth in Ireland.
IDA Ireland, the Government agency responsible for attracting foreign direct investment, has announced the highest level of employment in its history. Creating positions across a range of sectors, with 52% of all jobs based outside of Dublin.
IDA Ireland has completed two years of its five year strategy, with the latest results indicating a strong performance by the organisation towards delivering its 2019 target of 80,000 new jobs and 900 investments.
The number of investments secured during the year rose to a record 244 from 213 in 2015. The successful creation of jobs in Ireland is a result of this pipeline of new investments.
The planned exit of Britain from the European Union has led to a significant volume of specific queries to IDA offices from across the world. These queries have originated in the UK, the US and Asia. Companies are seeking to mitigate risk and ensure that they have access to the European market post Brexit.
IDA Ireland has also launched a communications campaign to support the efforts of IDA staff worldwide. This campaign will be led by a new on-line film which uses the theme of numbers as a way of reminding target audiences of some of Ireland’s most relevant and compelling features as an FDI location, while emphasising Ireland’s corporate tax rate. The campaign also refers to the skills and talent available here, as well as the continued access to the European market.
The campaign is being rolled out on media platforms across the UK, Europe and the US.
Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, Ireland’s Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation said: “IDA Ireland continues to win record number of jobs fir Ireland despite what has been a very unpredictable year for international investors. The results are a clear indication that the IDA’s Winning strategy is delivering. I’m especially pleased to see that the numbers in the regions are so positive this year – IDA has succeeded in achieving growth in all regions throughout Ireland in 2016.”
Among the leading job announcements and investments secured during the year were:
- Oracle expanding its Dublin operations with plans to recruit 450 new hires to drive its Cloud business
- First Data establishing an R&D Hub in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary which will house up to 300 highly skilled employees
- Vistamed creating 200 new jobs in their headquarters in Leitrim
- Hubspot in Dublin hiring an additional 320 people to accommodate future growth
- Shire announced plans to expand its global biotech manufacturing capacity with an investment of $400m and creating 400 new positions upon completion of its project in Dunboyne, Co. Meath
- Kellton Tech Solutions Limited, a global IT company, established its EMEA headquarters in Drogheda, Co. Louth, creating 100 jobs over five years.
- Travel Tech company SiteMinder created 100 new jobs in Galway
- Amazon announced the creation of 500 new jobs in Dublin
- Cylance expanded it’s EMEA operations with the opening of a Cork based office generating approximately 150 job opportunities over the next three years