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Another big jobs boost shows economy is in ‘rude health’

Thursday, 18th May, 2017 2:00pm
Another big jobs boost shows economy is in ‘rude health’
Another big jobs boost shows economy is in ‘rude health’

THE announcement last week that more jobs are on the way to Sandyford has been described as further great news for the area.

Irish-owned ICT firm Aspire Technology is doubling its employee numbers through the creation of 150 jobs at its Southside headquarters.

The new roles include software developers, network engineers, design specialists and project managers at both experienced and graduate levels, and recruitment will begin immediately.

Fine Gael Senator, Neale Richmond, said this was great news for Sandyford and “a further example of the rude state the economy is in”.

"This is the third time in a matter of months that Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor has come to Sandyford for a major job announcement and the area is thriving,” he said.

"These new jobs are highly skilled and well paid and cover a wide range of ICT and mobile communications technologies competencies.

"Even though it was only founded in 2010, Aspire Technology is a world class company with great opportunities for job seekers and a wonderful working environment

He added: "For the fourth year in a row, the Irish economy is the fastest growing in Europe while the unemployment rate is the lowest since 2008.

"Locally, huge efforts have been made to make Sandyford a brilliant area to work, live and do business in. This announcement is another jobs boost for Sandyford."

As part of the expansion, Aspire Technology will be adding to its existing headquarters in Sandyford where it aims to build a state-of-the-art support centre. The new centre will serve over 16 million mobile customers across 32 markets during 2017.

Plans are already in place to grow this facility to manage over 50 million mobile customers.

Bill Walsh, CEO and founder of Aspire Technology, said: “Our growth is based on our world-class people whose deep expertise, allied with the innovative and entrepreneurial culture within the company, has resulted in a significant increase in demand for our solutions.

“We are thrilled that we are doubling our team in 2017. We have amazing opportunities for ambitious candidates who love working with people and technology.”

Deputy Josepha Madigan (FG) also “heartily welcomed” the announcement that 150 new jobs are on the way to Sandyford.

“Aspire Technology’s decision to substantially expand its Irish headquarters is a significant vote of confidence in the Irish economy and for Sandyford as a high-end business hub,” Deputy Madigan said.

“These jobs will cover a range of ICT and communications roles – providing high quality employment in the smart economy. 

“Announcements such as this are evidence that Fine Gael in Government is ensuring that the economic recovery delivers for the Irish people.”

Meanwhile, another 100 jobs are to be created in Dublin by an Irish mechanical, electrical, engineering and energy services company. Designer Group Limited will add the positions over the coming year.

The firm officially opened its new €2m offices in Blanchardstown last week. The new jobs will bring to 750 the number of people employed by the company, which has added 250 staff in the last two years.

The company was set up in 1992 and provides services to commercial and industrial customers.

Over 130 apprentices, most of whom are from the local area, are employed by the company and are trained at its old office which has been converted into a training centre.

The business has offices in Ireland and Germany and currently operates here, the UK, Africa and the US.

Executive Director at Enterprise Ireland, Kevin Sherry Ireland said both announcements were a very positive sign.

“Today is a great news day for new jobs in Dublin,” he said.

“Over 150 of those new jobs are being created by Aspire Technology in Sandyford Industrial Estate.

“The second company Designer Group are adding another 100 jobs to their plant,” he added.


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