Ericsson, the fifth-largest software company in the world, is today announcing further expansion of its Irish operations, with the creation of an additional 120 jobs in 2014.
Ericsson is Ireland’s leading provider of telecommunications infrastructure and services. Recruitment for the 120 new positions, to complement the existing workforce of more than 1,400, will commence immediately.
Ericsson is seeking to fill a range of positions in both Dublin and Athlone. The jobs being created are highly-skilled roles encompassing software developers, solution architects, consultants and programme managers. A number of these roles are in Ericsson’s recently acquired TV business unit, Mediaroom.
A number of the roles will go to graduates of the Dublin Institute of Technology MSc in Applied Software Technology and the Athlone Institute of Technology MSc in Applied Software Engineering. Both MSc programmes are Ericsson sponsored.
Making the announcement, Traoloch Collins, Ericsson’s managing director in Ireland, said: “We are looking for highly-skilled people who want to work in a dynamic and creative environment. I am enormously proud of our team here in Ireland and the opportunity to grow even further.” He added: “Ireland is a major research and development hub for Ericsson globally. We have a track record of ingenuity, with 87 patents developed in Ireland over the past 5 years.”
Welcoming the announcement Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, said: “The announcement that Ericsson is creating 120 additional jobs this year in Dublin and Athlone is a further boost for the country and for the ICT sector in particular. ICT is a sector which we have specifically targeted as part of our Action Plan for Jobs, and we have put in place measures to support jobs growth in this area. In recent years we have seen jobs growth in this sector, and I am determined to keep making the changes to support further growth in the coming years”.
Commenting on the announcement Barry O’Leary, CEO, IDA Ireland said: “Ericsson has long been an integral part of the ICT sector in Ireland since it first set up an operation here in 1957. Ericsson provides excellent career opportunities to both graduates and experienced ICT professionals. The R&D activity carried out in Ireland by Ericsson is at the cutting edge of technology and contributes to Ireland’s position as a location of choice for ICT.