Amazon set to create 1,000 jobs over the next two years

By Mary Dennehy

AMAZON this week announced that it is creating 1,000 new permanent positions in Ireland over the next two years – some of which, will be based in Tallaght.

According to Amazon, the new positions will be “highly skilled roles” based in locations across the company’s Cork and Dublin sites in Blanchardstown, Tallaght, the city centre and north County Dublin.

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At the announcement of the jobs with An Taoiseach Micheál Martin were (from left): Niamh Gallagher (Amazon Web Services Ireland Head of Public Policy), Mike Beary (AWS Ireland Country Manager), and Martin Shanahan (CEO, IDA Ireland)

Delivered over the next two years, the new positions will bring Amazon’s total permanent workforce in Ireland to 5,000 people.

The positions will range from software development engineers, network development engineers, systems development engineers, optical deployment engineers, database engineers, Dev Ops engineers, and support engineers.

Data centre technicians and mechanical and electrical engineers will also be sought, alongside  solutions architects, security specialists, big data specialists, technical and non-technical programme managers, and account managers.

There will be a range of technical management and senior leadership opportunities in both Amazon and Amazon Web Services (AWS).

“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,” said Mike Beary, AWS Ireland Country Manager.

“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.”

In Tallaght, Amazon currently has five data centres and is supporting the country’s first heat-waste project – which will see heat waste redirected from their data centres to serve South Dublin County Council’s HeatNet Project.

Amazon was unable at this time to confirm how many of the 1,000 jobs will be en route to Tallaght.

 Speaking following the Amazon announcement, Martin Shanahan, CEO at IDA Ireland said: “Amazon’s phenomenal growth in Ireland is due to its commitment, energy, and creativity in how it does business and we are delighted to support them in their further expansion.

“These new roles, in addition to the thousands that Amazon has already here, are a strong indicator of Ireland’s continued ability to attract quality global investment, despite the significant challenges created by Covid-19.”

Outside of additional jobs, Amazon is investing in a new 170,000 sq ft campus in Charlemont Square, which will be home to AWS’s growing cloud computing workforce.

It is expected to open in 2022.

In September of this year, the first of Amazon’s wind-farm projects in Ireland is set to come online.

The Esk wind farm in County Cork will be Amazon’s first operational renewable energy project outside the US, and aims to deliver clean energy to Ireland’s electric grid.

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