THE region enjoyed a double jobs boost yesterday, with two high-tech firms announcing 100 new positions between them.
Software firm Kemp Technologies is to create 50 new high-end jobs at its European headquarters in Plassey’s National Technology Park.
And Pepper Asset Servicing has announced it will create 50 new jobs at its servicing centre at the Westpark Campus in Shannon.
Founded in New York in 2000, Kemp Technologies set up in Plassey in 2010. Currently employing 30 people locally, it develops load-balancing software for a series of clients including Audi, Hyundai and RTE.
The jobs will include positions in software development, quality assurance, marketing and operational positions, with a proportion of the roles open to local graduates.
“Choosing Limerick as Kemp’s gateway to international market expansion has turned out to be a tremendous success story for the company,” Kemp Technologies CEO Ray Downes said.
IDA regional business manager Conor Agnew added: “It is a really good affirmation for high-value ICT investment. It is very welcome addition, and it is a tribute to the management team at Kemp.”
Elsewhere, Pepper, which provides loan servicing and advisory services to Irish and international financial firms and investors, is increasing its workforce in Shannon by 50 staff - and this number could go up to 100 in the coming years.
Pepper is looking for candidates with experience in mortgage arrears handling, customer service, real estate and legal expertise.
Paul Doddrell, CEO of Pepper Ireland said the significant change to the lease terms is due to a requirement to facilitate its rapidly expanding operation.
“At the time we moved into the new offices in Westpark, we signified our ambition to grow the company in Ireland and take on more people across our business. Over the last 18 months we have been successful in securing several new contracts, with more opportunities in the pipeline. I am very pleased to open the new extension on our facility here in Shannon which has provisions for extra staffing capacity, with 50 new positions already being recruited for,” he said.
There has been a warm welcome for both announcements.
Finance Minister Michael Noonan said: “It is most pleasing to see companies locating in Limerick, building successful operation here and having the confidence to further grow and expand.”