Mr. Richard Bruton T.D. (Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation), today announced 450 highly skilled jobs by eBay, Inc., the world’s leading provider of online marketplaces and payment services.
At the jobs announcement, the Minister noted that for every job created by a multinational company in Ireland, about one extra job is also created elsewhere in the domestic economy.
The new jobs will help provide the growing European customer base of the company’s eBay Marketplaces and PayPal businesses with an enhanced experience in the areas of customer services, sales and compliance.
The announcement is a further employment boost for the area: the jobs will be based at an operations centre in Dundalk alongside the company’s PayPal subsidiary, which last year announced it was to create 1,000 new jobs at the facility.
“This announcement by eBay and PayPal is exceptional news for Ireland, the north east and Dundalk in particular. The fact that global technology leaders like eBay and PayPal are expanding their operations here shows that we have the local talent pool, infrastructure and business environment to attract high quality investments. Last week’s agreement on bank debt will lead to further investment as confidence in the Irish economy continues to grow which is good for jobs and recovery.”
Mr. Enda Kenny T.D., An Taoiseach
The announcement is supported by Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.
“Today’s announcement of a further investment by eBay Inc. in Ireland demonstrates Ireland’s capability at the core of the digital economy and further secures our reputation as the internet capital of Europe. The scale of the investment in a key regional location is a strategic win for Ireland and it demonstrates the confidence a global leader such as eBay has in Ireland’s skills availability and business environment.”
Barry O’Leary, CEO of IDA Ireland
eBay Inc. first established in Ireland in 2003 and currently employs 2,300 people across its eBay and PayPal facilities located at Blanchardstown in Dublin and a new facility at Dundalk Business Campus, Dundalk, Co Louth.
The company’s operations in Ireland provide a variety of support functions to its growing customer base across the EMEA region.
“eBay’s continued commitment to its customers is underlined through this investment in customer services team members fulfilling a variety of roles to make eBay an even better place to shop and sell. Ireland is a centre of excellence for our Global Customer Experience function and the country provides a highly-skilled workforce for eBay with the required technical and language skills, an attractive research environment and proven track record on delivery.”
Gary Hagel, Senior Director, eBay Customer Experience, UK, Ireland and Rest of Europe
“Today’s announcement is fantastic news for the Dundalk area. We are looking forward to welcoming our eBay colleagues at the PayPal site in Dundalk. Last year was a great year for PayPal in Ireland. Our Dundalk site was operational within 11 weeks of the contracts being signed. We currently have over 230 people employed on site there and we look forward to continuing to expand this number in 2013.”
Louise Phelan, Vice President Global Operations
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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