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Our roundup of some employment news across the island of Ireland in February 2024 continues with news that Infineon Technologies AG has announced plans to hire over 100 new jobs in the Cork and Dublin sites within the next four years.

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Over 100 engineering jobs for Dublin and Cork within next four years

Infineon Technologies AG has announced plans to hire over 100 new jobs in the Cork and Dublin sites within the next four years.

The company said the engineering positions will be ‘split evenly’ between the Dublin and Cork Research and Development sites of the company and will bring the total workforce of Infineon in Ireland to over 300.

Tánaiste, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence, Micheál Martin said:

“This announcement underscores Ireland’s reputation as a global hub for innovation and technology and will have a positive impact on the communities of Dublin and Cork. The creation of over 100 highly skilled engineering positions across both locations reflects the confidence Infineon has in our talented workforce and supportive business environment.”

Michael Lohan, CEO of IDA Ireland said Infineon’s choice of Ireland to further expand its presence ‘showcases the business-friendly environment, skilled workforce, and strategic location on offer to multinationals in Ireland’.

Thomas Boehm, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Microcontroller Automotive at Infineon said he was ‘looking forward’ to strengthening the team with the ‘high-calibre talent that Ireland has to offer’.

The company said the investment will also see the expansion of R&D facilities in both Cork and Dublin. It added that the new hires will help development of new technologies and products that ‘will help drive digitalization and decarbonization on a global scale’.

“The first positions have already been opened online and include roles in Analog Design, Digital Design, Architecture and Verification,” Infineon said.

IT company to create 30 new jobs

An Irish-owned Managed IT Services company has announced plans to double its headcount in the next three years with the creation of 30 new jobs in three cities.

Finglas-headquartered IT.ie said it will invest €2.5m as part of the expansion of the new roles in its offices in Dublin, Cork and Galway.

The firm said a number of the new roles will be in the company’s recently established Service Delivery Team, working from IT.ie’s offices in Dublin, Galway, and Cork.

Additional roles will be in the areas of field engineers, cybersecurity, business development, helpdesk support, and sales and finance.

Eamon Gallagher, founder and managing director, IT.ie, said:

“As a Managed IT Services provider, we are constantly evolving to meet new trends, threats, and innovations. That is why we are investing in our people and expanding our world-class team to support the remarkable talent that we already have in-house.”

Over 30 jobs across the island by IT company

A Dublin-based IT company has announced plans to create 33 jobs across the island of Ireland.

The firm also announced a 10% Year-on-Year revenue increase for 2022/23.

It is understood that eight of the jobs will be in Co Antrim, with the remaining 25 new roles to be in the Republic of Ireland.

The news comes as the organisation unveiled a refreshed brand identity and a new website.


Established in 1995, Qualcom currently employs a team of over 75 professionals.

Leeann Saunders, Managing Director at Qualcom said the jobs news ‘demonstrates our commitment to fostering economic growth in NI and ROI’.

Over 300 jobs to be created as part of investment in Dublin 15 pharma manufacturing site

A pharmaceutical company has announced a new investment for a facility in Dublin 15, with the intention of creating a further 350 roles.

Bristol Myers Squibb announced the $400 million investment at its Cruiserath Campus on 23 February.

The company said this will be Bristol Myers Squibb’s first European sterile drug product facility for biologics manufacturing.

Bristol Myers Squibb said the project is currently in design phase with construction expected to begin in March 2024 for completion in 2026.

Once the new jobs are in place, the firm said the total number of Bristol Myers Squibb direct employees at the campus will be over 1,000.

Michael Lohan, CEO of IDA Ireland, said:

‘’Bristol Myer Squibb’s decision to invest $400 million at their Cruiserath campus along with 350 new jobs is most welcome news and underscores the strategic importance of Ireland in their global operations. It is proof of the company’s future commitment to Ireland and a testament to Ireland’s continued attractiveness as a location for biopharma investment.”

Karin Shanahan, EVP, Global Product Development and Supply said Bristol Myer Squibb’s workforce is ‘truly committed to discovering, developing, and delivering innovative medicines that help patients prevail over serious diseases’.

Company cut around 300 jobs at Derry plant in 2023

BBC News NI has reported that Seagate Technology in Derry city cut around 300 staff in 2023.

It is understood the reduction was part of global restructuring plans by the US-owned firm.

Company announces 70 jobs in Dublin

Element Fleet Management Corp recently announced the creation of 70 new jobs in Dublin.

The company said it is establishing a centralised leasing function at its operation in the capital.

This project is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.

Laura Dottori-Attanasio, President and Chief Executive Officer, Element Fleet Management said:

“Ireland presents an ideal environment for Element to expand operations because of its rich pool of professionals who have specialized knowledge and expertise in the leasing industry.”

“Element Fleet Management’s decision to establish a new leasing hub in Dublin highlights Ireland’s attractiveness as a business destination, boasting a massive pool of talent and robust infrastructure,” said Michael Lohan, CEO of IDA Ireland.

“This decision to create 70 new jobs in Dublin underscores Ireland’s reputation as a leader in the leasing industry and Ireland’s success in cultivating an excellent business environment to attract investment from Canada and beyond.”

Michael Lohan, IDA Ireland CEO 

Element said it is undertaking a ‘comprehensive recruitment strategy’ to fill leasing function roles ‘that require specialised knowledge and local insight’.

Healthcare services company to create 100 jobs in Limerick

A US healthcare services company has announced a further 100 jobs at its Irish R&D hub in Limerick.

Carelon Global Solutions said the posts will bring the total number of employees in Ireland to 320 by the end of 2023.

The company recruitment on this latest round of expansion has already begun, with positions available across Product Management, Data Analysis, Data Science, Data Engineering, Dev Ops, Cyber Security, Agile Operations, Quality Engineering, Architecture, Front End and Back End Engineering.

Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment Neale Richmond said:

“Carelon is further evidence of the rich R&D skills pool available in Ireland. As a government, our focus is very much on creating an environment across Ireland that supports investment and growth and Carelon’s success here is proof of that. We look forward to working closely with Carelon going forward in support of its investment here.”

Chief Operating Officer at Carelon and President at Carelon Global Solutions Rajat Puri said the company has ‘steadily grown’ its presence and activities in Ireland.

“Today is a statement of our intent to continue to grow our exceptional talent pool in Ireland,” said Rajat Puri.

CEO of IDA Michael Lohan said the announcement of 100 new jobs ‘further solidifies Ireland’s position as a hub for healthcare solutions’.

“Carelon’s commitment to growth not only bolsters the local economy but also highlights the attractiveness of Ireland as a destination for top talent and investment in the healthcare sector”, added Mr Lohan.

Over 60 jobs could be lost with closure of two M&S stores

Retailer Marks & Spencer has announced it is to close a store in Co Louth and a Food Hall in Dublin, with the potential loss of over 60 jobs.

M&S had a store in Laurence Shopping Centre Upper Mall, Laurence Street in Drogheda, employing around 57 people. It is expected to close by the end of March.

Eddie Murphy, Country Director of M&S Ireland & Northern Ireland said on 14 February that the ‘tough decision’ to close its Drogheda store was because the shopping centre has ‘low occupancy’ which would require ‘significant investment’.

“Its sales performance is behind the rest of our store estate,” he added.

“We’ve shared this news with affected colleagues today and our priority now is to support them through these changes.”

-Eddie Murphy, Country Director of M&S Ireland & Northern Ireland

M&S also said that its M&S Foodhall on Clarion Quay in Dublin 1 will close.

This store, which has a workforce of 19 people, is located in the North Wall area, behind the EPIC Museum.

Mr Murphy said the Foodhall has experienced ‘consistent decline’ in sales and footfall over several years.

Louth TD Ged Nash said his thoughts are with the ‘superb, hardworking staff’ at M&S in Drogheda, who are today dealing with the ‘devastating news’ that they are to lose their jobs.

“They must be looked after by the company and the union representing workers must be engaged with meaningfully in negotiations on the terms of redundancy package.”

“The planned closure of the store in the Laurence’s Centre is a major blow for the centre and for the commercial heart of our town,” added the TD.

Fears for some staff roles following decision by Glen Dimplex

Fears have been expressed for staff employed by Glen Dimplex in some of its operations following a strategic review of its island-wide operations.

Glen Dimplex said on 08 February that it briefed staff on its plans.

Glen Dimplex logo

‘Portadown site will close’

Established in 1973, Glen Dimplex is a privately owned, Irish headquartered manufacturing group. On 08 February, the Group said its footprint on the island will be ‘consolidated from five sites to three flagship hubs’.

Currently the Group has manufacturing locations in Newry, Co Down and Portadown, Co Armagh, two sites in Dunleer, Co Louth, and a sales and distribution operation in Cloghran (near Dublin Airport) that is co-located with its head office.

Under this proposal, the Group said the Portadown site will close, most likely in 2025, with some staff redeploying to Newry whose operations ‘will also evolve significantly’.

‘Complex but critical transition’

It said it also plans to:

  • Relocate its sales and distribution arm from Cloghran to Dunleer, County Louth, in the next two years.
  • Relocate its Head Office in Cloghran to ‘another Dublin location’.
  • Invest over €15m in the Group’s Dunleer operations, which ‘will result in consolidation from two sites (Barn Road and Ardee Road) to one multi-purpose facility at Ardee Road’.
  • Transfer the manufacturing of Flame products from Dunleer to a long term partner in China. Overall, it said Group employment in Dunleer is expected to be ‘materially higher’ by 2029 as a result of redeployment from Cloghran and continuing growth in GDI. “There will be some headcount reduction in Dunleer in late 2024,” it said.

The Group said it was a ‘complex but critical transition’, which will ‘require a mix of retraining, redeployment, redundancies and new hires over the next 5 years’. After this, its said it is expected the ‘total headcount on the island of Ireland will have increased from 800 today to over 1,000 staff’ by 2029.

‘Significant change and challenge’

It said there will be ‘no redundancies as part of the planned reorganisation of operations for at least 6 months’.

“Management will work with employee representatives, union groups and training agencies to ensure the planned transitions are as seamless as possible and that appropriate outplacement and training supports are provided.”

-Dimplex Group Statement

Fergal Leamy, Glen Dimplex Group CEO said the transition will bring ‘significant change and challenge’ in the near term but also ‘phenomenal opportunities’ for the next generation and beyond.

‘Makes no sense’

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Kieran Donoghue, Chief Executive, Invest Northern Ireland, said the news of Glen Dimplex‘s plans to wind down its facility in Portadown over the next two years will be ‘deeply upsetting’ for staff.

“We will work with the company and those affected to identify alternative employment opportunities and to pursue reskilling opportunities as appropriate. We will also work closely with the Department for the Economy and the Department for Communities to support the employees impacted by this decision.”

-Kieran Donoghue Invest NI

Unite the union said shutting the Portadown site, which employs approximately 200 workers, ‘makes no sense given the soaring profits and dividends reported by the group’.

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Unite regional officer Neil Moore said:

“Workers were brought together to hear this morning’s announcement without any warning. Many have been employed at the site for decades and the impact on them will be devastating. Shutting this factory will strike hard at the economy throughout the Portadown area.”

“Our job now is to quickly discuss this unjustified threat and our next steps in response,“ added Mr Moore.

BT ‘may close call centre in Co Fermanagh’

It is understood that staff at a BT call centre in Co Fermanagh have been told that it may close later this year.

BBC NI reported that staff have been offered voluntary redundancy amid a review into the future of the site.

About 300 people are currently employed in Enniskillen, and it is understood they have been told that the site has not been identified as a long-term location for a customer contact centre.

Around 100 jobs created in Co Louth

A subsidiary of Kurita Water Industries has announced the establishment of a precision parts cleaning facility in Co Louth.

Pentagon Technologies Group, Inc, said the new facility in Dundalk is expected to create around 100 manufacturing jobs over the next five years.

Headquartered in Japan, Pentagon Technologies Inc said this new facility, located at the IDA Science and Technology Park, Mullagharlin, is ‘strategic’ in supporting its Irish and European customers.

“We look forward to becoming a major employer in the Dundalk area”, said Dave Christeson, CEO of Pentagon

CEO for IDA Ireland Michael Lohan said:

“The expected creation of 100 manufacturing jobs over the next five years is a substantial boost for the local economy, underscoring the attractiveness of Dundalk as a hub for cutting-edge technology and manufacturing.”

The company said construction is in progress at the new site and the facility is expected to be operational in Q3 2024.

Career opportunities at the new facility will include customer service, production, engineering, facilities, logistics and quality control.


PayPal to ‘cut 11% of its workforce’

It is understood Payments company PayPal is to reduce its workforce in Ireland by 11% by cutting ‘up to 205 jobs’.

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The news followed an announcement by President & CEO Alex Chriss, who wrote that the company will be reducing its global workforce by ‘approximately 9% through both direct reductions and the elimination of open roles’ throughout 2024.

“I am writing to share the difficult news that we will be reducing our global workforce by approximately 9% through both direct reductions and the elimination of open roles over the course of the year. We are doing this to right-size our business, allowing us to move with the speed needed to deliver for our customers and drive profitable growth…These decisions were not easy to make, and we are undertaking these actions with tremendous care and consideration.”

Mr Chriss added that all decisions ‘are subject to consultation, where required by law’.

Sinn Féin’s Ruairí Ó Murchú called on the company to support the staff at PayPal Ireland affected by the news.

There is currently around 1,900 people employed in PayPal Ireland.


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