Uber starts Limerick life in Henry Street

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

Uber has set up a temporary office at the former Anglo Irish Bank offices at Henry Street. The company is to create 300 jobs at its new facility at the juntion of Catherine Street and Thomas Street (below)
ON-DEMAND car service provider Uber has set up a temporary office in the former Anglo Irish Bank offices at Henry Street.

ON-DEMAND car service provider Uber has set up a temporary office in the former Anglo Irish Bank offices at Henry Street.

It comes as the company confirmed it has employed 50 of the 150 people it expects to take on before the end of the year.

Finance Minister Michael Noonan has met with senior company representatives from the San Francisco-based company to discuss its operation here.

Earlier this summer, the taxi firm gave the city centre a huge boost by unveiling plans to create 300 new jobs at the Thomas Street centre.

While the building is fitted out, Uber is working from Henry Street.

Mr Noonan confirmed: “Uber are now employing 50 people in Limerick and remain on track to increase their work force in Limerick to 150 employees by the end of the year. The company’s plans to move into premises on Thomas Street are also progressing well. Uber are extremely positive about their operations in Limerick. The availability of high quality candidates from local third level institutions is one of the primary reasons they are in a position to expand in Limerick”.

Mr Noonan met with Uber’s regional general manager for Britain and Ireland Jo Bertram, and Mark McGann, the firm’s head of public policy for Europe.

Uber has also announced that of the 300 jobs it is creating, these will carry with it an average salary of €29,418. It expects 95% of its intake to have a third level qualification.

Initially the primary function in Limerick will be English-speaking customer support for the European market with multilingual support to follow.

The support teams will be responsible for handling interactions across a number of specialised user support areas and identifying pain-points for the community and its drivers - as well as generating process improvement recommendations.

The €4m investment is being backed by the IDA job creation agency.