Technology giant Oracle to create 450 new jobs in Dublin

Company recruiting 1,400 people worldwide on back of cloud computing services growth

Oracle’s exectutive chairman of the bBoard and chief technology officer Larry Ellison. The company is taking on 450 people in Dublin

Oracle’s exectutive chairman of the bBoard and chief technology officer Larry Ellison. The company is taking on 450 people in Dublin

 

Oracle is to add 450 sales jobs at its Dublin offices in a European-wide expansion to support the growth of its cloud computing business.

The jobs represent over a third - the largest share - of 1,400 new sales positions announced today for the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region. Additional recruitment will be focused on five further EMEA locations: Amsterdam (400 jobs); Cairo and Dubai (250); Malaga (100) and Prague (100).

“It’s a big day for the country. It’s a big statement of confidence in us by Oracle,” said An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, at the jobs announcement in Oracle offices in Dublin’s East Point Business Park.

He added that the 450 new jobs represented one of the biggest jobs announcements made in Ireland “in a long time.”

The new hires will bring Oracle’s Irish employee numbers to just under 2,000. The company already has 1,400 people in its workforce here.

Oracle has rapidly expanded its cloud business in recent years, remaking itself from a database supplier into one of the largest cloud-focused technology multinationals.

The company now offers a broad portfolio of cloud applications, services and hardware, said Dermot O’Kelly, senior vice president for Oracle UK and Ireland, and former Oracle Ireland country manager.

“We want to be number one in cloud computing,” he said. Ireland was chosen for the 450 new positions “because we already have an established hub here” in the cloud sales area.

Data centre growth

Five years ago, the company didn’t even have a single data centre, a mark of how swiftly cloud computing has developed generally and as a company focus, Oracle country manager Paul O’Riordan said.

The company said it is keen to draw recruits with a range of experience from across the EMEA region, from motivated sales professionals with two to three years’ experience to experienced senior sales professionals.

“We’re looking for people who can help make our transition to cloud computing,” Mr O’Kelly said.

Prospective employees might be people with existing cloud computing experience but Oracle primarily wanted “bright, enthusiastic people and we’ll give them training here.” He quipped that Oracle would be happy to consider politicians if any were seeking new positions after the coming national election.

Oracle also officially opened a new, extensively refurbished building to accommodate its expansion, adding a sixth building in the park to its Dublin footprint.

The building, whose meeting rooms carry names such as Nimbus and Stratus, features a specially design social media hub room with a wall of large screens on which employees can monitor social media posts and ‘sentiment’ about client companies in real time.

“It’s the first Oracle building with a social media hub as part of its build,” said Mr O’Kelly, adding the company was likely to replicate the centre across operations worldwide.

‘Hidden gem’

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton said Oracle was a “hidden gem” in his constituency, which includes the East Park area.

In response to a question about Ireland’s preparedness to handle the data protection issues which arise with cloud businesses, Minister Bruton said that Ireland had a robust data protection and privacy environment that would both allow business innovation and provide data protection to individuals.

He said the Government had “invested substantially in that resource” by beefing up the employee numbers in the Data Protection Commissioner’s Office, providing new offices, and appointing a minister of state, Dara Murphy, with responsibility for data protection.

Martin Shanahan, chief executive of IDA Ireland, said in a statement: “Oracle’s presence here for over 30 years forms part of Ireland’s strong ICT sector. This important announcement of 450 new cloud computing roles will greatly enhance Ireland’s reputation as a location of choice for cloud computing.”