It was announced today that Amazon will create another 1,000 permanent jobs in Ireland over the next two years. The new, highly skilled roles will be based in locations across the company’s Cork and Dublin sites in Blanchardstown, Tallaght, the city centre and north County Dublin.
The expansion will bring Amazon’s total permanent workforce in the country to 5,000 people over the next two years.
The new employment opportunities will range from software development engineers, network development engineers, systems development engineers, optical deployment engineers, database engineers, Dev Ops engineers and support engineers.
They will also require data centre technicians and mechanical and electrical engineers, solutions architects, security specialists, big data specialists, technical and non-technical programme managers and account managers. In addition, there will be a range of technical management and senior leadership opportunities in both Amazon and Amazon Web Services (AWS).
In addition to the new jobs, Amazon is investing in a new 170,000 square foot campus in Charlemont Square. The campus will be home to AWS’s growing cloud computing workforce, and is expected to open in 2022.
In September 2020, the first of Amazon’s wind farm projects in Ireland is planning to 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. Amazon say it will also help the company to meet its commitment to power its global operations with 100% renewable energy by 2025 as part of its goal to reach net zero carbon by 2040.
Welcoming the announcement, An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin said, "This latest jobs announcement by Amazon and AWS is a further vote of confidence in the skills and talent of Irish people and will provide a welcome boost to our economy. We have a strong and proud record in attracting investment, and today’s announcement further bolsters our reputation as a leading nation in global technology."
AWS Ireland Country Manager, Mike Beary added, "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. 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."