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Jobs boost: Nearly 500 new positions announced for Galway, Belfast and Roscommon

Over 400 jobs have been announced in Galway, Belfast and Roscommon.

Galway city.
Galway city.
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NEARLY 500 NEW jobs have been announced today – with new hires on the way in Galway, Belfast and Roscommon.

Australian tech firm SiteMinder is hiring 100 new employees as part of the opening of its new office in Galway city.

The company, which provides cloud-based software and platforms for the hotel and hospitality sector, has a wide customer base in Ireland, including the K Club in Kildare, The Connacht Hotel, and The G Hotel and Spa, both in Galway.

The announcement was made this afternoon by Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor, who said that “Galway is fast becoming a tech hub” and this “will benefit the entire region and have a positive knock-on effect”.

SiteMinder is now hiring graduate sales representatives, and experienced customer training and support analysts.

Belfast

A further 300 jobs are being introduced over the next three years by Tullett Prebon, a financial services company. It plans on opening a major technology centre in Belfast as part of its international growth strategy, and will be recruiting “graduates and experienced IT professionals”.

Invest Northern Ireland – the Northern Ireland equivalent to the IDA – has offered Tullett Prebon over £2 million towards the creation of these jobs, with the Department for the Economy Assured Skills programme providing £400,000 for associated training.

First Minister Arlene Foster said that these jobs will contribute over £9.9 million in additional salaries into the Northern Ireland economy each year, once all the roles are in place.

Roscommon

Jazz Pharmaceuticals has also announced the creation of 50 jobs in the Athlone area over the next three years, as part of the opening of its manufacturing and development facility in Monksland, Co Roscommon.

The company has invested approximately €50 million in its development, which began in February 2014 and was supported by IDA Ireland.

Jazz Pharmaceuticals’ global corporate headquarters are based in Dublin.

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