AWS to create 1,000 new tech jobs in Ireland

New office in central Dublin seeks software developers and data centre engineers

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has pledged to create 1,000 technology jobs in Ireland over the next two years after opening a new office in Dublin yesterday.

The new 170,000 square foot building will offer highly skilled roles for software development, network development, data centre and systems engineers and security and big data specialists for AWS.

There will also be tech job openings at the company's other sites in north county Dublin, Blanchardstown, and Tallaght, as AWS looks to utilise the talent in the country.

"Today, we have more than 2,500 Amazon employees in Ireland supporting customers from Ireland and around the world," said Mike Beary, AWS Ireland country manager.

"There is an abundance of talent in Ireland which helped us to exceed our talent growth targets ahead of schedule. Ireland is a great place to do business, the country's creative culture and diverse pool of technical skills make it an ideal location for our rapidly expanding business."

AWS has a long history with Ireland, having first set up an office in the country in September 2004. Today more than 1,000 of AWS's Ireland empoyees are engaged in data centre operations.

In addition to creating new jobs, AWS has collaborated with the Institute of Technology Tallaght (IT Tallaght) to fund a bursary programme for 20 students to study to become data centre technicians.

"Amazon has a long history of success in Ireland and today's announcement is a testament to Ireland's highly-skilled, diverse workforce," Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland, a government body designed to encourage foreign private investment in the country, added.

"Tech talent and investment are fundamental to our country's continued growth, and companies like Amazon are bringing even more energy, vision, innovation and good jobs to Ireland. We are proud to support these companies, who invest in our talent and the future of our economy, and create new opportunities for the country to succeed."

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