There was great news on the local jobs front last month when it was announced that online retail giant Amazon has acquired the former Jacob’s biscuit factory on Belgard Road. They plan on moving into the building, which has been empty since the biscuit factory closed in October 2008, this September in a development which will see hundreds of jobs created.
Amazon already has one of its main data centres in Tallaght. The company purchased Tesco’s distribution centre on the Greenhills Road in December 2010, converting it into a data centre.
It is also investing in a massive data centre at the former Shinko Microelectronics site which they bought last year.
With seven data centres in Ireland, Amazon is one of the country’s biggest data-centre owners, along with Microsoft and Google.
The retailer employs more than 1,400 staff in Ireland, across sites in Dublin and Cork. Last November it announced 300 new roles in Dublin, including data centre technicians, software engineers, security specialists and technical managers.
Amazon chief technology officer Werner Vogels said the company has been “an active contributor to the Dublin technology community for a decade and during this time, we have been extremely impressed with the creativity and strong technical talent available in the country”.
“By expanding our presence in Dublin we will further accelerate the growth of some of the most exciting businesses we have at Amazon and support for our customers here in Europe and around the globe,” he added. The company employs more than 32,000 permanent staff in the European Union. Since establishing in Ireland in September 2004 it has invested more than €1.5 billion in the economy.
Amazon’s 20th anniversary is on July 16 – its electronic commerce business is growing at an incredible rate. The company has over 154,000 employees worldwide (not including company warehouse contractors or seasonal workers), with established facilities throughout key global markets in North America, Europe, India and China.