With global names such as Apple, Pfizer and Amazon, the South West of Ireland, which includes the counties of Cork and Kerry, has developed into a thriving hub of Technology, Life Sciences and Business Services operations. It is home to 158 multinational companies, which employ 30,419 directly.
Our new Invest in Kerry microsite outlines Kerry's attributes as a location for investment. From talent to property solutions, investors can experience what Kerry has to offer. Companies like Fexco, Astellas, Borg Warner, JRI America, Liebherr and many more are happy to tell you about their experiences in establishing their operations in Kerry.
Invest in Cork is an interactive experience designed for use on tablet, smartphone and PC. Information on location, education, lifestyle and existing IDA and indigenous companies is provided through rich images, video and text.
While the city of Cork, Ireland’s second largest metropolis, provides the heartbeat of the region, the South West boasts a population of over 660,000 and a labour force of 317,658 when the other main locations in the area, which include Tralee, Killarney, Mallow, Fermoy, Clonakilty and Youghal, are taken into account.
The region’s strong focus on education and access to multiple research centres has fuelled the staffing and skill requirements of multinationals. Its strong research and development credentials are underlined by the presence of the world-renowned Tyndall National Research Institute (focusing on photonics, electronics, materials, nanotechnologies and ICT), the APC Microbiome Institute (pioneering research in gastrointestinal health) and Teagasc Moorepark Dairy and Food Research Centre.
The presence of large multinationals and its strong research and development culture has made the region a hotbed for Life Science, Technology, Multilingual and Engineering graduates. This ensures the South West continues to attract the best of talent from across Ireland and Europe, thanks to its international airport and connectivity to Mainland Europe and the UK.
The region’s ability to provide highly skilled employees is underpinned by the presence of three third-level institutions: University College Cork (UCC), Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT), with over 30,000 full & part time students. These produce around 9,000 graduates every year across Business, Humanities, Engineering and Sciences. Each of these third-level institutions constantly engage with the network of multinationals located in the region, especially when it comes to work on collaborative research projects.
With a vibrant, bustling city at its heart, surrounded by some of the most spectacular landscapes in Ireland, the South West provides the perfect work-life balance. Its friendly atmosphere, good lifestyle and ample employment opportunities not only help to attract, but also retain highly qualified and strongly motivated employees.
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19,851 Jobs Created in FDI companies – third consecutive year of strong growth under current strategy
Keeper Security, Inc., the world’s leading password manager and secure digital vault, today announced the opening of its first European office at 9 Parliament St., Cork T12 NY99, Ireland. The office will provide local management, enterprise sales and engineering support for Keeper’s growing EMEA business customer base.
The new office in Cork will staff 50 employees over the next 2 years. This team will include a Sales Director, Office Manager, Training and Pre-Sales Engineer, and Sales Representatives to support the UK, Ireland, Northern Europe, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and the Middle East.
Xilinx will recruit 100 highly qualified new staff for Dublin and Cork
PepsiCo, Inc. today launched its new R&D Nutrition Centre at Little Island, Co. Cork, Ireland. The centre was officially opened by Simon Coveney, TD, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, in the presence of Dr. Jan Weststrate, Senior Vice President Nutrition R&D, PepsiCo, and Cliona Murphy, Vice President Research & Development, PepsiCo and Cork R&D site lead.
Shanbally, Co. Cork, 27th July, 2017 - Simon Coveney TD, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, today officially opened a new expansion at BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. in Shanbally, Co Cork. BioMarin has recently extended its site footprint to 20 acres as the company continues to experience a rise in the global demand for its therapies to treat rare genetic diseases that mostly affect children.
IDA Ireland also launches new website promoting Co Kerry for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) - ‘Invest in Kerry’
3rd February 2017 – Minister for State, Eoghan Murphy TD today announced that Willis Towers Watson is to establish Asset Management Operations in Cork. Willis Towers Watson plans to create up to 40 roles in areas like asset management operations, service provider oversight, risk & data management, investor on-boarding, compliance, and accounting over the next few years. The company is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.
2016 marks second year of record growth - Companies adding 11,842 jobs net
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