IBM CREATE OVER 100 NEW JOBS AS UNEMPLOYMENT DROPS TO 9.4% – BURTON

IBM is to create approximately 110 new high-value jobs in its Dublin 15 base with an expansion of its operations, it announced today (Tuesday 29th September).

The new roles will be in software engineering, and will add to the company’s significant operations in its tech campus in Damastown.

The news was welcomed by Tánaiste and Labour TD for Dublin West Joan Burton, who was present at the announcement.

The news comes in the middle of Jobs Week 2015, which sees careers fairs and employer events and job training events taking place around the county all this week.

In Dublin 15, the Tánaiste will attend a social media and future skills training event in the Draíocht in Blanchardstown as the closing event for Jobs Week. Other local events this week include careers conections workshops in Coolmine and Blanchardstown.

Welcoming the new expansion by IBM, the Tánaiste also welcomed today’s CSO figures which show that unemployment has fallen further in September. The unemployment rate is now 9.4%, and is down by 28,100 from September of last year.

Commenting on the IBM jobs announcement, Tánaiste Joan Burton said: “This is the latest chapter in IBM’s success story in Dublin West. The company’s Irish presence has just grown and grown since its arrival here.

“I understand the expansion will mean approximately 110 new high-value jobs created in software engineering roles.

“I’m delighted that recruitment for graduate and experienced computer scientists is expected to start in the coming weeks.

“Today’s expansion announcement is another very significant statement of confidence in Dublin West as a hub that supports cutting-edge companies and helps them to grow.

“We are succeeding in creating good quality jobs for our people, and driving down unemployment at the same time.”