August, 2012


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Aug 12

Call centre service firm announces 60 new jobs

A Cork firm that provides call centre services to high-profile business customers has begun recruiting to fill 60 jobs.

Zevas Communications, with headquarters at Monahan Road, Cork city, is hiring staff to work on its contracts with Airtricity, UPC and other customers. Zevas, which was set up in 2001, provides services including telesales, online sales and debt-collection services.

Director Ronan Murphy said service outsourcing was a major growth area.

“Larger type companies want to keep their capitals costs down so what they tend to do is outsource to companies like us,” he added.

“We can deliver sales, customer service and technical support effectively cheaper than they can do it in-house themselves. We provide full training for everyone that comes in. We bring them up to Fetac level 5 – they learn a very healthy skill set.”

The company has branches in Spain and in the US.

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25
Aug 12

Broadband firm to create new jobs

Ray O’Leary, managing director of permaNET demonstrates that wherever you call home, permaNET can provide high-speed wireless broadband without the need for a landline.

A new, improved broadband service for southern Ireland is creating employment at the Cork-based call centre of provider permaNET, which is offering increased speeds of up to 10MB and superior value phone packages.

The company, whose network management and main administration centre is located at Dublin Hill, Cork, is currently running a television promotional campaign to highlight its new packages.

Offering broadband connectivity without the need for a landline, permaNET works by means of a receiver outside the building, connected by cable to a model inside.

Already covering Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Claire, Wexford, Kilkenny and Waterford, expanding coverage sites have created the need for qualified experienced sales and technical staff at its centre in Cork.
MD of permaNET, Ray O’Leary, said: “We are committed to delivering high quality fixed wireless broadband, which saves on line rental and the hassle of getting fast, reliable internet in remote areas or those with poor coverage.”
PermaNET was established in 2005 in Kerry in response to the lack of broadband availability in towns, villages and rural areas.

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24
Aug 12

€3m investment to create 49 jobs in five firms

Up to 49 jobs could be created in Co. Cork after an investment was announced for five start-up companies there.

A cash injection of €1m from the Cork-based Boole Investment Syndicate, will be matched by €2m from Enterprise Ireland and venture capital companies.

The investment will fund product development and international growth.

Boole Investment Syndicate are being supported by the Halo Business Angel Network and Cork Business Innovation Centre in the move.

The entrepreneurs will also have access to expert business advice under the deal.

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23
Aug 12

McDonald’s creates 70 Dublin jobs

McDonald's creates 70 Dublin jobsNorth Dublin is in for an employment boost after fast food giant McDonald’s launched a new eatery in Charlestown, creating 70 full and part-time restaurant jobs in the Irish capital.

The drive-through establishment is located on junction 5 just off the M50 and has the capacity for serving some 95 people.

This brings the number of McDonald’s restaurants in Ireland to 82 overall, with the multinational firm now employing roughly 4,000 staff across the country.

McDonald’s Charlestown franchisee Morgan McStay suggested that the reaction from customers has been “very strong” so far.

“I expect that strong trading performance to continue and I look forward to building up our customer base in the months and years ahead,” he added.

Adrian Crean, managing director of McDonald’s Restaurants of Ireland, argued that the move indicates the company’s commitment to helping the Irish economy grow.

The firs McDonald’s opened in Ireland in 1977, while the country also laid claim to the first drive-through restaurant in Europe.

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14
Aug 12

FMI to create an extra 40 jobs to service Electric Ireland contract

FMI to create an extra 40 jobs to service Electric Ireland contract

FMI to create an extra 40 jobs to service Electric Ireland contract

Charley Stoney and Liam Molloy, general manager, Electric Ireland

Field Management Ireland (FMI) said today that it will be creating a further 40 new jobs as part of its field sales contract with Electric Ireland.

This is in addition to the 100 jobs initially promised when the contract was announced in May.

FMI said the jobs boost follows a successful partnership between the company and Electric Ireland last year.

Earlier this year, FMI was awarded an exclusive residential field sales contract, directly selling electricity and gas supplies to residential consumers.

FMI is also offering additional home energy services to consumers including gas boiler maintenance at reduced rates, attic and cavity wall insulation, and boiler replacement.

The recruitment process is underway and details are available on the FMI website.

“The sales campaign for Electric Ireland has been a big success to date and that couldn’t be better illustrated than by our immediate need for additional new people to sustain that momentum,” said Charley Stoney, managing director, FMI Ireland.

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14
Aug 12

Jo’Burger cooks up 120 new jobs

logoDUBLIN-BASED Jo’Burger restaurant group plans to open up four new restaurants next year, cooking up 120 new jobs.

The firm has seen a significant 230pc jump in revenues within the last year and similar figures are anticipated for the coming year.

Irish rugby international Jamie Heaslip holds a share in the group’s Bear restaurant, one of five restaurants in Dublin.

Company director John Roberts said the Leinster rugby star meets with the company every week to discuss the business and he is “chomping at the bit to be involved more”.

The group has two branches of Jo’Burger — one in Rathmines, the other a new branch in Castle Market in Dublin city centre. It also runs the Skinflint pizza restaurant in Temple Bar and the chicken restaurant Crackbird on Dame Street.

In January 2011, employee numbers were listed at 15 and they now have 115 in total.

Accumulated losses at Jo’Burger Ltd rose by 120pc from €76,229 to €168,439 in the 12 months to the end of December.

But Mr Roberts said the increase in losses was down to investment costs in establishing Bear, housing Crackbird permanently and setting up Jo’Burger in the city centre.

The group first established pop-up restaurants and said that social media was fundamental to the restaurant group’s growth.

“We have a well-established brand now,” Mr Roberts said. “The business is going very well and we have a very distinct product.”

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14
Aug 12

Bluebird Care to create 510 new jobs in Ireland

 Homecare provider Bluebird Care will create 510 new care assistant and support worker roles across Ireland over the next six months.

This is a significant boost to the firm’s workforce, as it currently employs just short of 800 people nationally and has 18 offices.

The jobs will be split across its offices, with the biggest expansion due at the North-East office covering Cavan, Monaghan and Louth. That office currently has just 10 staff and will take on an extra 80. Meanwhile, the more established Donegal & Leitrim and Mayo & Sligo offices will both take on 75 employees.  The company also operates in the UK, where it has over 130 offices.

Bluebird Care operations director Eddie O’Toole notes a recent report by industry body the Carer’s Association which shows that in “in order to manage the current carer to cared-for population ratios, Ireland will need an additional 44,289 carers by 2021”.

The company will advertise roles on its website and on fas.ie, the Irish National Training and Employment Authority, in the coming weeks.

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9
Aug 12

Digital Marketing Institute to create 39 jobs

Digital Marketing Institute to create 39 jobsDigital Marketing Institute to create 39 jobs

Two reports published today by the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN) highlight the increasing demand for, and limited supply of, experienced IT personnel in Ireland and worldwide, while also noting an increasing level of interest in computing at third level.

‘Monitoring Ireland’s Skills Supply: Trends in Education and Training Outputs’, an annual report on the supply of skills to the Irish labour market, and the EGFSN’s ‘National Skills Bulletin’ clarify the employment trends, job opportunities and demand for skills in Ireland.

According to these reports, between 2010 and 2011, sales-related job opportunities were most common, particularly in digital marketing. Vacancies also arose in IT, science and engineering, among other professions.

Globally, experienced IT personnel are in demand but in short supply, and Ireland is no exception. In fact, ICT skills represented the largest share of skills sourced abroad.

Computing graduates increasing

During this period, an increasing number of people gained awards across almost all levels of the National Framework of Qualifications, with particular growth in computing.

“There are job opportunities in certain sectors and for specific skills, such as information and communications technologies, high-tech manufacturing (particularly biopharma), the financial services sector, the health sector and for those with languages and sales skills,” summarised Una Halligan, chairperson of the EGFSN.

“The EGFSN has specifically highlighted the need for the development of further high-level ICT skills and there are promising signs with higher-level computing programmes seeing a 27pc increase in the number of graduates at level 8 and a 37pc increase at level 9 since 2009,” she added.

Erasmus popularity could boost language skills

In a recent report on the skills needed for enterprises to trade internationally, the EGFSN highlighted the critical need for foreign language proficiency and international sales skills to fill a potential 2,200 jobs in exporting companies over the coming years, and Halligan further emphasised this point.

“Foreign-language capability and cultural awareness are essential,” she said. “An improved supply of foreign languages capability – including German, French, Spanish and Italian, as well as Mandarin Chinese and Japanese – would be a major boost to enterprises in achieving their export potential.”

The number of outgoing Erasmus students reached the highest number to date in 2009/2010, as 2,128 students went abroad to work as part of their studies, mainly to France or Spain. If this trend continues, it could be a major boost to the level of foreign-language proficiency in the Irish workforce.

“I would very much encourage those making career choices to focus on the areas of greatest job opportunities and to focus their education and training on specific skills needs in those areas,” added Halligan.

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8
Aug 12

Amazon and ‘IT’s Happening Here’ join Career Zoo line-up

Amazon and ‘IT’s Happening Here’ join Career Zoo line-up

Amazon and ‘IT’s Happening Here’ join Career Zoo line-up

Previous Career Zoos have attracted large crowds

E-commerce giant Amazon and Irish software initiative ‘IT’s Happening Here’ have joined the line-up of employers at Career Zoo, Ireland’s career event for graduates and professionals, at The Convention Centre Dublin on Saturday, 22 September.

Amazon will be looking to hire staff for its Dublin and UK technical offices.

‘IT’s Happening Here’, which is supported by Enterprise Ireland, promotes career opportunities in Irish-owned software companies.

Acting as an umbrella brand for the industry that comprises more than 600 companies, it aims to attract software professionals at Career Zoo (both in Ireland and from overseas) to work in the sector.

“We are strongly supportive of this initiative which puts the spotlight on our indigenous software industry,” said Anne Lanigan, Software Division, Enterprise Ireland.

“The innovation and capability of this industry is second to none. To paraphrase (playwright) George Bernard Shaw – ‘they see things that never were and ask why not?’ For a software programmer, this is one of the most exciting places in the world. These vacancies need to be filled by the best and brightest to ensure the growth and future of this industry.”

The Irish-owned software industry is thriving. Predominantly export driven, it has delivered double-digit growth in exports in the last two years and is crying out for skilled workers.

The industry is looking for 1,500 highly skilled professionals who want to work in a fast-paced, challenging environment where they will see their software technologies used in major cities around the world.

The IT’s Happening Here video gives a taste of what it’s like to work for an Irish-owned software company:

 

Previously, Microsoft, the Irish Research Council and Hays Recruitment were announced as sponsors of Career Zoo.

“Having Microsoft, ‘IT’s Happening Here’ and Amazon on board as sponsors for this event reaffirms Career Zoo as an important hiring tool for companies in Ireland looking for top tech talent,” said director at Career Zoo Jackie Slattery.

“There will also be employers from other sectors, such as pharma, biomedical, finance, agri-food and more. It’s going to be a national showcase of career opportunities in Ireland today.”

Career Zoo grows over four years

This is the fourth Career Zoo event with the previous events taking place in the Mansion House in Dublin and attracting more than 10,000 visitors with many jobs being filled across various sectors. This September’s event will be building on this success with a move to The Convention Centre Dublin.

“Moving Career Zoo to The Convention Centre has allowed us more space and scope for exciting new developments, such as an interactive area, a games zone and a ‘Tech Box’, where tech activities will be taking place over the day, so as well as the serious business of career development there will also be an interactive and a fun element to the day,” said Slattery.

Major multinational and Irish companies, educators, recruiters and enterprise organisations will be in attendance, with top employers hiring at the event for thousands of jobs in Ireland. The event runs from 10am-6pm. Admission is free for all visitors, who may register online their interest in attending Career Zoo.

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