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Major jobs boost for Dublin as 700 new jobs announced in IT and manufacturing

Cork firm Voxpro, LinkedIn and West Pharmaceuticals have announced the roles.

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Updated 7.54am

THREE FIRMS HAVE announced 700 jobs for Dublin, including 600 in the city’s IT hub.

Voxpro, a Cork-headquartered company is recruiting 400 people at a new office in the Point Village in the city’s docklands. It will bring its total number of employees in Ireland to 2,000 – with plans to expand to 3,000.

The firm, which was founded by husband and wife team Dan and Linda Kiely, provides customer, sales and technical support services to technology firms.

“After an exceptional year of growth for Voxpro, we are very pleased to open this new, state of the art base in Dublin,” Dan Kiely said in a statement.

We work closely with some of the best known tech companies in the world to deliver exceptional and beautiful customer experiences.

Recruitment website LinekedIn will create a further 200 jobs in its Dublin headquarters, it has announced. The announcement of the roles came after a meeting between its CEO Jeff Weiner and Taoiseach Enda Kenny last night.

Separately, West Pharmaceutical Services is to create 100 jobs at its Mulhuddart facility.

The Pennsylvania firm is expanding its contract manufacturing plant in west Dublin, and will add the jobs over the next five years.

The company makes packaging components and delivery systems for injectable drugs and healthcare products. It said its expansion is in response to customer demand for medical devices – particularly to combat diabetes.

West is also growing its proprietary product business in Waterford, where it previously announced the construction of a centre of excellence for its elastomeric sheeting and injectable component product lines.

That plant is expected to begin commercial operations in 2018.

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LinkedIn

Established in Ireland in 2010 with just three employees, LinkedIn now has 1,000 employees across product lines and supports over 50 markets, from the UK to South Africa.

Under the announcement, 200 additional roles will be created in the regions of sales and sales support, customer operations, and engineering.

Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn, said the jobs highlight Ireland’s importance to the company.

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“At LinkedIn, we’re continuing to invest in the people and infrastructure required to create economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce,” he said.

Ireland has proven to be a very strategic location for us to headquarter our EMEA operations, and we look forward to growing our footprint in Ireland by expanding our already 1000-person team with another 200 employees.

The announcement comes ahead of the completion of LinkedIn’s EMEA HQ at Wilton Place, with construction set to finish in 2017.

The new office space includes an in-house gym, 300 bicycle parking spots, barista stations and a music room.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the jobs were good news for the government’s jobs plan.

He said:

Today’s announcement is further demonstration that our skilled people are highly attractive to the world’s leading technology firms.

“We have worked hard to create a positive business environment for companies like LinkedIn who are investing here because of our open economy, skilled people, and our strong relationship with Europe and progressive society which makes Ireland an attractive place for people to work and live.”

With reporting from Paul Hosford.

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