December, 2012


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Dec 12

New initiative to create 50 jobs for people with autism

A new initiative is being launched today which aims to create more than 50 jobs for people with autism spectrum disorder over the next five years.

The move, billed as the first of its kind in Ireland, is the brainchild of the Danish organisation Specialisterne. Similar initiatives have already been successful in other countries.

The company prepares people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) for the workplace – especially for jobs within the IT sector.

Specialisterne’s goal is to create one million jobs for people with autism globally.

Spokesperson Peter Brabazon said many people with autism had high-value skills which should be utilised.

“The skills they have (in the IT sector) are particularly in software testing, maybe data entry and higher-level computer analysis-type work,” he said.

“There are amazingly clever people out there, but unfortunately up to 90% of them can’t get employment. We’re trying to get a higher percentage into employment, in areas where they are actually required.”

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Dec 12

Tech Jobs 2012 – Top 50 jobs announcements of 2012: Nos 50-46

Tech Jobs 2012 - Top 50 jobs announcements of 2012: Nos 50-46

Tech Jobs 2012 – Top 50 jobs announcements of 2012: Nos 50-46

Image: Career Zoo at The Convention Centre Dublin

Today we begin our countdown of Ireland’s top jobs announcement stories of 2012. It was the year companies in sectors that are thriving despite the downturn – technology, science and pharma – created jobs in their organisations, ranging from multinationals to start-ups.

Agri-food and food innovation company Kerry Group, for example, announced 900 jobs, betting giant Paddy Power proclaimed 800 new jobs, and financial services giant Northern Trust revealed it would be hiring to fill 400 positions.

To celebrate a year of jobs announcements, Siliconrepublic.com has dedicated the month of December to the top 50 most popular jobs announcements of 2012. The list contains a myriad of companies, large and small, creating opportunities across Ireland.

Below we begin our countdown of the 50 most-viewed jobs announcement stories of 2012.

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Dec 12

Jobs at the heart of Budget 2013

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, TD outlined a package of pro-jobs measures in Budget 2013 to boost the Irish Government’s plan to rebuild the economy and create sustainable jobs.

According to Minister Bruton, TD “The Government in Budget 2013 made the choice to support job creation by avoiding increases in income tax, and restated the Government’s absolute commitment to the 12.5pc corporation tax rate,” Bruton said. “In a very difficult Budget, a package of pro-jobs tax measures are being delivered: the capital budget for enterprise supports is being protected, and a series of innovative finance schemes being delivered to leverage exchequer funding with private funding to provide more of the credit our businesses badly need.”

Budget 2013 is to enable the delivery of supports for companies in need of credit. The Government is using resources to leverage funding from the private sector to provide credit for businesses of various sizes and in various sectors: Seed and venture capital scheme: €175m exchequer funding is expected to leverage a further €525m in private-sector funding to create €700m available. More than 100 innovative Irish companies are expected to benefit, with thousands of jobs created and hundreds of millions of euros in additional exports generated. Full details will be announced as part of Action Plan for Jobs 2013.

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Dec 12

Centric Health creating 200 new jobs

Centric Health creating 200 new jobsHealthcare provider Centric Health is doubling its number of primary care centres to 20 and creating 200 new jobs in Ireland, thanks to a €20m investment from Metric Capital Partners (MCP).

The investment is also allowing Centric to complete its acquisition of Global Diagnostics.

Fifty of the new jobs are expected to come on line within the first year and include medical, paramedical and administrative staff.

The new centres will also facilitate the relocation of HSE services onto one site in line with the Government’s primary care strategy. The first of these new centres in Newbridge, Co Kildare is due to open in February 2013 and centres on the Navan Road and in Celbridge are underway.

Dr Maurice Cox, CEO of Centric Health, said the creation of the 200 jobs alongside the MCP investment would “affirm Centric Health’s position as one of the leading primary care providers in Ireland and allow it to play its part in the delivery of a world class primary care system”.

“Furthermore this investment has allowed us to complete the acquisition of the remaining minority equity in Global Diagnostics from its founding shareholders and will accelerate growth in our three current markets [Ireland, the UK and Australia].”

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