Jobs boost for Skibbereen

Employment, Technology | Tue 10 Nov | Author – Business & Finance
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Spearline Labs, a number testing provider, has announced that it is hiring 20 people at its Skibbereen base over the next 18 months.

The company was founded by Kevin Buckley (CEO) and Matthew Lawlor (CTO) in 2003 and has a global presence in 50 countries.

Supported by a testing team using servers around the world, the platform allows companies to check that their numbers are active and operational. It also measures call quality to gain an overview of issues.

To date, Spearline Labs has completed over 10million tests with a 400% increase in daily tests from this time last year.

The company is currently investing over €1m in new products which will be ready for market from early next year and will represent 33% of the company’s revenue by 2017. The primary focus of this investment will be on mobile line testing.

Speaking of the announcement which marks the single biggest jobs boost for Skibbereen in over 30 years, Kevin Buckley, CEO said: “Today is a big day for Spearline Labs and for the west Cork region in general. When we set up in 2003 many thought that a technology company would not have the scope to succeed let alone expand in such a rural location. However, technology knows no boundaries and as long as the product is innovative and fulfils a market need then a business can thrive in any location. With 20 people from five different countries already employed here, we are excited about finding new colleagues to fill roles across a number of areas including software engineering, support, international sales, finance and account management. The future is very bright for Spearline Labs and we are looking forward to expanding our services to some of the world’s most powerful businesses.”

Ronan Harris, head of Google Ireland and VP of Google EMEA, commented: “We are always delighted to support Irish businesses, in particular those that are not only creating employment for their local region but are also making a mark on an international level. Spearline Labs is a great example of how smaller businesses can grow in a way that has only become possible with the development of new technologies and the internet. As companies grow in the digital marketplace, we see valuable jobs being created, such as those being announced today by Spearline Labs. I congratulate Kevin, Matthew and their team and I am sure that this announcement is the first of many as the company aims to become one of the region’s most progressive employers.”

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