Amazon to create more than 500 jobs in Dublin, Ireland

31 May 2016 (Last Updated May 31st, 2016 18:30)

Online retailer Amazon plans to create 500 new jobs in Dublin, the Republic of Ireland, by 2018.

Online retailer Amazon plans to create 500 new jobs in Dublin, the Republic of Ireland, by 2018.

The company has started recruitment and the positions are expected to be filled in the next two years, reported the BBC.

The employees will be based at Amazon's Dublin office.

"Ireland's got a very creative culture and we're also a member of the European Union so there's a large talent pool."

The company is hiring customer support staff, data centre technicians and software engineers, who will serve its data storage service and online retail units.

Amazon currently employs 1,700 people in Ireland, reported Newstalk.

Two years ago, it appointed an additional 300 employees.

The value of the company's Irish operations is estimated to be around €1.5bn.

Earlier this year, the firm announced its plan to create thousands of jobs in Europe, where it employs more than 40,000 people.

The company plans to bolster its fulfilment network, research and development division, and cloud-computing business.

Amazon Ireland general manager Jeff Caselden told RTÉ: "Ireland's got a very creative culture and we're also a member of the European Union so there's a large talent pool we can pull from her.

"Secondly, the infrastructure that we have in the country is very suitable for what we need to do. Connectivity is very important to us.

"The transatlantic cables that connect North America and Europe terminate here in Ireland. There's good access to renewable energy."

In Europe, Amazon has operations in Germany, Sweden, France, the UK, Poland, Slovakia and Czech Republic.