Telecommunications company Ericsson has announced plans to hire 250 people at its Research and Development Centre in Athlone to support the company’s ongoing global development of innovative cloud-native products and services.
The new jobs are to be created over the next three years and will be focused on employing cloud native software developers, engineers and architects.
The Swedish company has had an Research and Development presence in Athlone since 1979 and employs 1,200 in Athlone and 200 staff in Dublin, making it one of the country’s largest employers in the software sector.
Denis Dullea, Head of Research and Development at Ericsson Athlone said: “This announcement underscores our global reputation as a world-class R&D software development centre. Our team here already plays a critical role in the development of Ericsson products, services, and solutions that enable Ericsson to deliver limitless connectivity that makes the unimaginable possible.
“We are hiring an additional 250 software developers, engineers and architects with cloud native skills to enhance our capability to deliver the benefits of cloud native technologies to our global customer base via our RAN, Management, Automation and Orchestration offerings”.
Mr. Dullea added: “The investment is also good news for Athlone and the wider midlands region, where Ericsson is one of the largest employers. With strong ongoing partnerships with the IDA, the Irish Government and the recently established Technological University of the Shannon (TUS), we are excited to continue attracting and nurturing the best and brightest Irish and international talent to the heart of Ireland”.
Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar described the announcement as “really great news”.
“It truly is a vote of confidence in Athlone and Ireland as a whole that such an internationally renowned company has chosen to make this investment. Thank you to Ericsson for their continuing commitment to our country and the Irish-based team who I know were crucial in the decision to bring this investment to Ireland,” he said.
Meanwhile, local TD Denis Naughten said the announcement could have a positive impact on Roscommon.
“We now need to build on this investment in towns such as Roscommon, which have an abundance of office space, and with a further incubation hub planned for Ballinasloe and other towns in the region we must now spread the benefit from this major growth in the tech sector in Ireland’s Heartlands,” he said.
“The objective of creating a hub in Athlone and using that to bring more investment into the surrounding towns of Tullamore, Mullingar, Longford, Roscommon and Ballinasloe is clearly set out in the Government’s Project Ireland 2040. This is a designation that I spearheaded through my engagement with Government.
“Apart from direct employment these multinational companies have a hugely positive effect on the local economy with over eight jobs being created for every 10 jobs in multinational companies,” Deputy Naughten concluded.