Microsoft to announce creation of 600 jobs in Dublin

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Tech giant Microsoft is to create 500 jobs at its new sales centre in Dublin, with another 100 positions across existing operations.

The jobs will be in finance, operations, engineering and sales and recruitment for the roles in the company’s new Inside Sales centre, where the majority of the new jobs are to be based, has already started. The positions will be filled over the next six months.

Inside sales is the process of selling remotely by phone or online, and is a model favoured by many technology firms.

The new Microsoft sales centre will employ 500 staff, who will sell the company’s software and services to customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Microsoft Ireland managing director Cathriona Callahan said:

“The team in Ireland has a long track record of helping the company to deliver against its vision and strategy and now there are opportunities for 600 more individuals to play their part in making the vision a reality.”

Microsoft has been in Ireland since 1985 when it opened a small manufacturing facility employing 100 people.

It has grown its presence considerably since then and currently has 1,200 full-time employees and 700 full-time contractors.

Its Irish operations include software development and testing, localisation, operations, finance, IT, HR and sales and marketing, serving both the domestic and Europe, Middle East and African markets.

It has four units here – an EMEA Operations Centre, European Development Centre, the Irish sales and marketing subsidiary and its EMEA Data Centre.

A new €134m 34,500sq/m campus currently being built by the company in South County Business Park in Leopardstown is nearing completion.

Today’s announcement will be officially made at an event at the company’s Sandyford offices later this morning which will be attended by the Taoiseach, Minister for Jobs and IDA chief executive.