Microsoft today announced that they are creating 200 new jobs in their Leopardstown complex in Dublin, the European Headquarters of the company. Microsoft has operated in Ireland since 1985 with only 100 employees. Today, the tech supergiants currently hold 2000 jobs across a variety of different skill sets.
These new jobs include 100 positions for high-skilled engineers. Further, there are 50 positions in digital sales, and the remaining 50 spread across sales subsidiary, data centre operations, as well as their graduate and internship program. The primary focus of the engineers is said to be Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.
Their new campus in Leopardstown in Dublin, valued at €134 million, finished construction earlier this year. The opening of the area marked a new milestone for technology development in Ireland. The campus is estimated to have over 3000 seats which are spread across the now expected 2200 jobs. This suggests room for further expansion in the near future. The workforce currently consists of 71 different nationalities in Ireland alone.
Managing Director of Microsoft Ireland, Cathriona Hallahan, has spoken about the announcement. She predicts that the Dublin team will play an “increasingly important role within the company globally.” She went on to say that “the team here is working with businesses, governments, organisations and people across the globe to help make our vision a reality – helping them to do and achieve more. Microsoft is developing and deploying solutions fuelled by new technologies that are helping to support opportunities and solve challenges for our customers.”
“Our engineering team is at the centre of this work,” Hallahan continues. “From the creation of new cloud services that enable flexible working for employees and the adoption of machine learning to automated translation, to the harnessing of data to provide personalised products, Microsoft engineers in Dublin are developing exciting innovations that have a global impact.”
The expansion of the Microsoft Ireland team has been approved and supported by the Irish Government and Industrial Development Authority Ireland.