Fine Gael Cork Senator and candidate for Ireland South, Deirdre Clune, has today (Wednesday) welcomed the creation of 150 new jobs in Cork by the tech company, VCE. The Research and Development (R&D) positions are being created at the firm’s international headquarters, with the support of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.
“This is yet more positive news on the jobs front for Cork, which has firmly established itself as a high tech hub for enterprise and innovation. The announcement also coincides with the latest Live Register figures, which shows that the number of people out of work has fallen for the last 20 months in a row. In Cork alone, the number of people on the Live Register has fallen by 10% over the last year.
“VCE is creating high quality R&D roles for software engineers and developers, QA engineers and other support roles. I understand that recruitment is already underway for a number of positions. VCE’s decision to invest so heavily in the Cork facility is extremely positive, and represents a significant expansion of its operations here. By 2015, the company expects to employ 250 people in Cork.
“We have had particular success in attracting high quality, high growth tech companies to Cork over the last number of years, and the Minister for Jobs, Richard Bruton TD, deserves to be commended in this regard. The Minister met with senior executives from VCE on a number of occasions on recent IDA investment missions to the United States, and clearly this approach is paying dividends.
“VCE is a dynamic company which is on the rise, and the presence of its international headquarters in Cork will help to attract more tech firms to the city. Senior executives at VCE have spoken very positively of the highly educated and motivated workforce in Cork; local employees should be commended for their attitude and commitment, which has played a significant role in the company’s decision to expand operations here.
“Companies like VCE are expected to continue to expand rapidly in Ireland over the coming years, and therefore we need to be preparing our next generation of tech professionals now. I have spoken consistently of the need to encourage more students to prioritise science, engineering and technology as career choices. The ICT sector is helping to drive our economic recovery and we must be primed to ensure as many people as possible can benefit from it.”