UPC Ireland has announced it is to create 12 jobs in Limerick at its new European Competency Centre.
The jobs are knowledge intensive and mark a direct new investment by UPC in Ireland as it establishes a new European Competency Centre in Limerick. The centre is tasked with developing advanced new software and systems to support all of the various processes involved in large scale customer service operations. It will provide these systems and processes to UPC in Ireland and other European countries.
Welcoming today’s news, Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan T.D. said;
“The IT sector forms a key part of the Government’s plans for jobs and growth, and since we have come to office we have seen an increase of more than 11,000 in the number of people at work in this sector. I want to congratulate UPC today, this is great news for Limerick, the Mid- West region and for Ireland in general. UPC is not only a very significant employer and investor, they are significant in providing the infrastructural base for modern industry. I think we’re at the start of another industrial revolution in Ireland where modern technologies including broadband, cloud computing and social media are growing exponentially. Companies such as UPC are playing a very meaningful part in providing these kind of services and the infrastructure that enable investment to occur. I wish UPC continued success in Limerick and Ireland and I look forward to more positive jobs announcement in the future.”
Michael Noonan, Minister for Finance
The new full time positions include roles for IT managers, technical support leads and IT designers. In February UPC completed a €600,000 investment in its new National Customer Contact and Administration Centre.
To date it has invested €500m in its national fibre network and employs 800 people in Ireland, 400 of whom are based in Limerick.
20 further positions announced for Groupon in Dublin
Meanwhile, online deals site Groupon is to seek 20 new employees for its Software Development Centre in Dublin.
The company, which already employs 12 people in Ireland, is to look for a number of software engineers, programmers, data scientists, computational marketers as well as college graduates.
“We are incredibly pleased to be actively recruiting for the Dublin office. Ireland is a strategic market in Groupon’s global operations – and we want the best and brightest technology and marketing minds to help us to continue to scale. Groupon’s business model is based on a creative, disruptive approach, partnering with our merchant community to give consumers more choice, flexibility and value. Groupon is driving growth through Big Data analytics, and we want to hear from candidates with competencies across a range of areas, including maths, statistics computing, science and sociology’
Rich Williams, Groupon Chief Marketing Officer
The positions are expected to be filled by the end of the year, with the company also planning to move to new offices as part of its expansion plan. Groupon, which allows local businesses to offer daily deals to customers, also expects to make a further investment in Ireland in the coming months.
Joe Robbins is co-founder of CareerWise Recruitment. A graduate of the University of Limerick (Degree in Business Studies, 1985), Joe worked in the UK for five years where he specialised in materials management, production management and plant management for a number of companies.
He returned to Ireland in 1992 to become Operations Manager for a Cork-based start-up, FMC Automotive Division which was subsequently taken over by Snap-on Equipment. Joe managed the business re-location of this company to Shannon in 1997 before setting up CareerWise Recruitment in 1999.
He is a committee member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Mid-West region, and a former Director and Vice President of the Shannon Chamber of Commerce. Joe is former Chairperson of the Sixmilebridge Camogie Club and current Chairperson of the Clare County Camogie Board.
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