500 jobs confirmed at Google's Dublin operation
UPDATE - An additional 500 jobs are to be created at Google’s Dublin operations, it has been confirmed. The extra jobs, driven by a ramp up of Google’s services across Europe, will bring the total headcount at the Dublin operation to 1,400 people.
The source added that recruitment in Google's engineering and systems operations division in Ireland is also ongoing.
The company has just moved into an identical 100,000 sq ft second building next door to its European headquarters on Barrow Street.
"The expansion is linked to the growth across the EMEA region," the source said.
The source added that the growth in particular is occurring in Google's Adwords and Adsense online advertising divisions.
It is understood that all of Google's content service divisions are handled from the Dublin operation and that the company has decided to extend its Google mobile ads trial to Ireland.
"Effectively mobile handset users with Java functionality will be given the option to display ads on their screens. We have already conducted tests in Germany, Japan and the UK and now it is being trialled in the Irish market."
The source said that recruitment of the new jobs will commence immediately at www.google.ie/jobs and it is envisaged the positions will be filled in the next 18 months. He added that the investment will be supported by IDA Ireland.
The news was welcomed this morning by the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Micheál Martin who described it as a huge vote of confidence in Ireland's knowledge economy and in its young, educated workforce.
"Today's announcement further endorses Ireland's ability to provide the technical infrastructure and skills base to support such operations," Martin said. "It confirms this country's status as the leading European location for the largest Internet activities in the world. It is an excellent example of the success being achieved by the Government's policy and IDA Ireland's strategy for the development of Ireland's digital media sector."
John Herlihy, European director, Online Sales & Operations at Google Ireland said: "As we continue to develop our business, our EMEA headquarters has delivered huge value to all our customers – users and advertisers – from Iceland to South Africa and Ireland to Russia.
"It has an integral role to play in our international business as we continue to localise our products and solutions for our users and advertisers. We hope to see continued innovation at our EMEA headquarters and today's announcement will help us achieve that," Herihy said.
By John Kennedy