105 new jobs for Cork shows recovery is strengthening

Monday, 3rd November 2014

  • Decision by OpenText to create 105 new high-skilled roles in Cork is further evidence that economic recovery is strengthening.
  • OpenText’s new operation will provide customer support for its information management services.

Today’s announcement that OpenText, a global leader in its sector, is creating 105 extra jobs in Cork is a great vote of confidence in the city and county as a world-class placed to do business. This Government’s relentless focus on job creation is paying off, with 70,000 new jobs created since we launched our Action Plan for Jobs in 2012.

I wish OpenText every success in Cork. I have no doubt they will be highly impressed with the calibre of candidates for these roles. It is great to see that Cork has developed into a location that attracts leading technology companies.  It now has a critical mass of tech companies which has in turn ensured that a strong talent pool of highly skilled employees is available for these employers.

These are high-quality jobs. OpenText plans to recruit Technical Analysts with supporting language skills and senior management roles. Recruitment is underway immediately and job listings can be found on OpenText’s career page: http://opentextats.avature.net/careers/SearchJobs

OpenText is partnering with the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, IDA, on this customer support centre and both are to be commended on their success in continuing to attract investment to Ireland.

This announcement continues a trend that has seen employment increase and the unemployment rate continue to fall.  Over the last 12 months employment has increased by 31,600.  The unemployment rate has decreased to 11.1% from a peak of 15.1%.  These are much needed improvements and today’s announcement of a further 105 jobs will again help to reduce the number of people who find themselves searching for work.

About OpenText

OpenText is the leader in Enterprise Information Management, helping customers to create a Digital-First World by simplifying, transforming, and accelerating their information needs. Over 100,000 customers already use OpenText solutions, either on premises or in our cloud.  For more information about OpenText (NASDAQ: OTEX; TSX: OTC), please visit: www.opentext.com.

Posted under Cork, Cork City, Employment, Jobs Enterprise & Innovation

Parliamentary Question: Skills to work initiative

Question to the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Ms Joan Burton TD)

To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the services and opportunities that are offered to those seeking work by the skills to work initiative; if the skills to work roadshow will visit Cork; and if she will make a statement on the matter. – Jerry Buttimer.

For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 8th July, 2014.

REPLY

As the Deputy will be aware, the Government launched the Skills to Work initiative on 19 May 2014, funded by the Department of Education & Skills.

The Skills to Work campaign promotes in particular five initiatives. Three run by the Department of Education and Skills: Springboard, Momentum and Skillnets; and two run by the Department of Social Protection: JobBridge and JobsPlus.

Participation in the following events has been planned by the Department of the Taoiseach to publicise the initiative:

Date Event Location
5-6 September 2014 Which Course? Adult   Education Fair Dublin
13 September 2014 Career Zoo Dublin
September 2014 Jobs Expo Cork
8 October 2014 Grad Ireland   Graduate Careers Fair Dublin
16 October 2014 Taking Care of   Business Dublin

 

Posted under Cork, Cork City, Employment, Jobs Enterprise & Innovation, Parliamentary Questions, Social Protection

Parliamentary Question: Holiday Entitlements

Question to the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Mr Richard Bruton, TD)

To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if time spent on public holidays is required to be included when calculating the number of days to which an employee is entitled; and if he will make a statement on the matter. – Jerry Buttimer.

For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 8th July, 2014.

REPLY

An employee’s entitlement to annual leave is set out in section 19 of the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997.

Subject to the exceptions/clarifications provided for in section 19, an employee acquires a legal right to 4 weeks annual leave if he or she works at least 1,365 hours in the year, or one-third of a working week for each month in the leave year in which he or she works at least 117 hours, or 8 per cent of the hours he or she works in a leave year (but subject to a maximum of 4 working weeks).

An employee’s entitlements regarding public holidays are set out in Section 21 of the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997 and the method of calculation of pay for both annual leave and public holidays is set out in the Organisation of Working Time (Determination of Pay for Holidays) Regulations 1997 – Statutory Instrument No. 475 of 1997.

Under section 21 of the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997, full-time employees have immediate entitlement to benefit for public holidays, and part-time employees have entitlement to benefit when they have worked a total of 40 hours in the previous 5 weeks.

When a person works on a public holiday he or she is entitled to be paid for the day in accordance with the agreed rates.  In addition, he or she also has an entitlement to benefit for the public holiday.  This can be different for each public holiday and each employee depending on the individual’s work pattern.

If the business is closed on the public holiday and an employee would normally be due to work then the employee gets his or her normal day’s pay.

If the business is open and an employee works, he or she is entitled to a paid day off within a month of that day or an additional day of annual leave or paid time off or an additional day’s pay.

If the public holiday falls on a day on which the employee does not normally work, then the employee is entitled to one fifth of his/her normal weekly wage.

Under section 22(2) of the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997, time off granted to an employee for annual leave or a public holiday must be regarded as time worked by the employee.

If required, further information on employment rights can be obtained from the National Employment Rights Authority’s dedicated information service – Workplace Relations Customer Service – which provides information to employers and employees on all aspects of employment rights.  This service operates from 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and can be contacted on Lo-Call 1890 808090.  Workplace Relations Customer Service also provides extensive information on employment rights on its website www.workplacerelations.ie.

Posted under Employment, Jobs Enterprise & Innovation, Parliamentary Questions