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US engineering firm Jacobs to create 100 new jobs in Ireland



US engineering firm Jacobs has announced plans to create 100 new jobs following the opening of its new Irish headquarters. 

The new offices located in Sandyford, Dublin will be formally opened by Finance Minister Michael McGrath on Thursday and coincides with the company celebrating 50 years in Ireland, which was its first location outside of the US.

Jacobs employs more than 1,200 people across its Cork, Dublin and Belfast offices, with the new roles in engineering, project management, construction management, commissioning and qualification set to be created in the next two years.

The engineering giant says it has been involved in the delivery of more than €50bn worth of infrastructure projects for clients in Ireland, with the new jobs supporting projects in high-growth sectors including advanced manufacturing, life sciences, semiconductors and critical infrastructure.

“Jacobs has delivered countless major manufacturing and infrastructure projects that have been central to Ireland’s economic success and societal progress over the last 50 years,” said Mr McGrath.

“As Jacobs embarks on its latest chapter, I am delighted to open their new office in Dublin and announce 100 new jobs in Ireland to support its continued growth in Ireland and internationally.”

Chief executive of Jacobs, Bob Pragada added: “Jacobs decided to grow beyond the US for the first time in 1974, and we selected Dublin with the IDA’s support.” 

Although we’re a global business, our operation here is an Irish success story. We have huge confidence in Ireland, and we are ambitious for our continued business growth here.”

Other job announcements 

Jacob’s expansion follows US tech giant IBM announcing it will create 800 jobs in Ireland in what will be a major boost for Ireland’s shrinking tech sector.

The company said the new roles will be created over the next three years at its sites in Dublin and Cork as well as at one of its subsidiaries, Red Hat, in Waterford. The tech giant has been operating in Ireland for 65 years and already employs roughly 3,000 people.

In addition, 400 jobs have been announced at Primeline Logistic, based in Co. Meath, with another 150 jobs being created by professional services firm PwC in its Cork offices.

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