MORE than half of the 200 jobs announced by Icon are to be located in Limerick, the Leader can reveal.
The global clinical research company announced last week at the Government’s action plan for jobs launch that it was to create a new ‘global innovation hub’ between Dublin and Limerick.
Icon own Firecrest Clinical Research, based in the National Technology Park, where they already employ 170 people. The company hope to up that number to 200 before the end of the year, with more than half of the 200 jobs ultimately to be located in Limerick, CEO Ciaran Murray told this newspaper in an interview.
“We have about 200 jobs announced in this innovation hub and I would say more than half of those will go to Limerick,” he said.
“Our current estimate is about 60%, and some of that will come down hiring, specific skills that are in one place - but certainly the talent we get down there from UL (shows) just how happy and successful it has been for us,” he added.
Icon, which operates in 40 countries and has approximately 11,000 employees, provides outsourced development services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries.
The 200 new jobs - part-funded by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through Enterprise Ireland - will include roles in IT, Data Analytics, Clinical Science, Project Management, Finance and Human Resources.
“They are all decent jobs, highly skilled, well paid, good experience for any young people that want to get into the workforce,” said Mr Murray.
“We really like Limerick and it has broadened our horizons out of Dublin. We have started construction of a new office in the NTP, the first phase of which will come on stream some time before Christmas this year, and with the phases and the way that is structured, we will have capacity for 400 people,” he added.
Jobs Minister Richard Bruton said the jobs were “a huge boost and a great example of what is possible from companies like this”.