IBM to Hire 800 Employees in Ireland for AI and Software Development

IBM plans to hire up to 800 additional employees in Ireland to develop advanced software powered by AI technology, marking the largest job announcement this year, state investment agency IDA Ireland announced on Thursday.
The U.S.-based IT software and consultancy giant, already one of the largest multinational employers in Ireland with 3,000 staff, will add roles in research and development, digital sales, and consulting.

Ireland’s economy heavily depends on foreign multinationals, which have nearly doubled their workforce over the past decade, now comprising about 11 percent of the national labor market. However, multinational employment in Ireland saw a 0.3 percent decline last year, the first annual drop since 2009, due to layoffs in the technology sector counterbalancing job growth in other areas, Reuters news report said.

“This expansion is set to significantly enhance the Irish technology ecosystem by boosting capabilities in key growth areas for IDA Ireland such as cloud computing, AI, quantum computing, and cybersecurity,” said IDA Ireland Chief Executive Michael Lohan in a statement.

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