Indeed, the Austin-based Internet job search company, is doubling down on Dublin, Ireland, with plans to add 500 jobs there.
The company said Wednesday it will add the jobs over the next two years. The Dublin office is the company’s headquarters for operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
The push will double Indeed’s current workforce in Dublin. The company opened its office there in 2012.
Indeed has 1,084 workers in Austin, where it is one of the region's fastest-growing Internet companies and has been one of the more active recruiters of tech talent.
Indeed operates job sites in more than 60 countries in 28 languages, and has more than 200 million unique monthly visitors worldwide.
Unlike many job sites that only show paid listings, Indeed aggregates listings from thousands of websites, including employer career sites, staffing agencies, job boards and company career pages. Job seekers search for listings on Indeed’s home page and can post their resumes for recruiters.
Chris Hyams, president of Indeed, said the company’s decision to expand in Ireland wasn’t related to the June vote by Britons to leave the European Union, an event commonly known as the Brexit.
“Nothing about Brexit has changed our plans,” Hyams said. “We’ve been committed to Ireland for almost five years now. Because we service all the European markets out of Ireland, Dublin has been a particularly great place for us to grow. It has an extremely diverse workforce, and it’s easy to attract workers from all over the EU to come to Ireland.”
Indeed’s Dublin office currently has about 500 employees representing 19 nationalities. The company is recruiting to fill sales, client services, human resources, business development, marketing, finance, strategy and operations positions.
Since Britons voted to leave the European Union, Ireland has seized the opportunity to attract jobs from companies that are shifting some operations from the United Kingdom, analysts say.
Ireland, which has decades of experience in attracting multinational investment, is already one of the world’s largest centers for back-office banking functions and financial transactions. It also has a growing Internet services industry.
According to Reuters news service, recruiters said they’ve seen sizable jumps in British-based candidates seeking Irish positions since the referendum. Some are Irish looking to return home, but others are Europeans and Britons who now consider Ireland a more stable place to work.
Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Ireland’s minister for jobs, enterprise and innovation, said Indeed’s growth is an endorsement of Ireland as a gateway to the European Union and other markets.
“An additional 500 jobs is a huge economic boost and vote of confidence in Ireland,” she said. “We are very keen to support the new dynamic Internet-based services sector and Indeed has blazed a trail in this area.”
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