Wednesday, 23rd July 2014
- Announcement of 40 new jobs shows that Cork is a destination of choice of leading companies.
- Itron to establish Global Business Services centre at City Gate, Mahon.
The decision by Itron to establish a global business services centre in Cork shows that our city is a destination of choice for successful businesses. Cork is now the centre of a cluster of leading ICT businesses which we must leverage to entice even more companies to locate in Cork and create much needed employment.
By the end of this year Itron plans to create 40 new positions at City Gate in Mahon. Opportunities will be available in accounting, financial control and financial administration. These jobs will be attractive to experienced professionals and are another important step in creating opportunities for people to return to work.
This is another vote of confidence in Cork and its people which will benefit local families and communities. This year has seen many regular job announcements for Cork. This week alone we have had 210 new jobs being created or announced. The reopening of the Kingsley Hotel has created 130 new positions and yesterday 40 new jobs were announced by AlienVault. We must continue to take decisions that encourage companies to come to Cork and create new employment opportunities across all industries.
Since this Government has come to office its primary objective has been to create the economic environment to encourage job creation. Recent CSO statistics show that for the first time since 2009 for four successive months the number of people on the live register in Cork City and County has been under 38,000. Since it peaked in July 2010 the number of people on the live register in Cork has fallen by 20%. The statistics and the succession of job announcements in Cork this year show that policies are having an effect. However, we must continue to make every effort to attract new businesses and create opportunities for all those who are still looking for work.