Thursday, February 14 11:29:01
Online marketplace and payment services giant, eBay, is to create 450 new jobs at its Dundalk, Co Louth facility, it announced this morning.
The new jobs will help provide the growing European customer base of the company's eBay Marketplaces and PayPal businesses with an enhanced experience in the areas of customer services, sales and compliance, it said.
The new positions, which are in addition to 1,000 new jobs announced by PayPal last year, are located within its Customer Services team and also based at the Dundalk facility.
Gary Hagel, Senior Director, eBay Customer Experience, UK, Ireland and Rest of Europe said: "eBay's continued commitment to its customers is underlined through this investment in customer services team members fulfilling a variety of roles to make eBay an even better place to shop and sell. Ireland is a centre of excellence for our Global Customer Experience function and the country provides a highly-skilled workforce for eBay with the required technical and language skills, an attractive research environment and proven track record on delivery."
Louise Phelan, Vice President Global Operations EMEA at PayPal said: "Today's announcement is fantastic news for the Dundalk area. We are looking forward to welcoming our eBay colleagues at the PayPal site in Dundalk. Last year was a great year for PayPal in Ireland. Our Dundalk site was operational within 11 weeks of the contracts being signed. We currently have over 230 people employed on site there and we look forward to continuing to expand this number in 2013."
An Taoiseach, Mr. Enda Kenny T.D. said that the announcement by eBay and PayPal is exceptional news for Ireland, the north east and Dundalk in particular. "The fact that global technology leaders like eBay and PayPal are expanding their operations here shows that we have the local talent pool, infrastructure and business environment to attract high quality investments. Last week's agreement on bank debt will lead to further investment as confidence in the Irish economy continues to grow which is good for jobs and recovery."
eBay Inc. first established in Ireland in 2003 and currently employs 2,300 people across its eBay and PayPal facilities located at Blanchardstown in Dublin and a new facility at Dundalk Business Campus, Dundalk, Co Louth. The company's operations in Ireland provide a variety of support functions to its growing customer base across the EMEA region.