Indeed’s new offices could accommodate up to 2,000 workers

Online recruiter ‘well ahead’ with its hiring plans for Dublin headquarters

Chris Hyams of Indeed, on the rooftop of the company’s  new offices at Capital Docks, Grand Canal Docks, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Chris Hyams of Indeed, on the rooftop of the company’s new offices at Capital Docks, Grand Canal Docks, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

 

Online recruiter Indeed will have space to increase its Irish workforce to 2,000 once its new offices are complete, according to chief executive Chris Hyams.

Indeed employs 850 people at St Stephen’s Green in Dublin and has already announced plans to increase this to about 1,600 in coming months.

Mr Hyams, who was in Dublin this week, said it was already “well ahead of pace” with its hiring plans.

The US-based group will begin moving into new, specially fitted out offices that Mr Hyams noted would ultimately have the capacity to hold about 2,000 workers.

However, he would not be drawn on whether Indeed eventually intended recruiting that number, beyond saying that the company continued to grow rapidly. “It will definitely be past 1,000 next year,” he said.

Indeed will rent two buildings totalling 219,000 sq ft, stretching between Sir John Rogerson’s Quay and the Grand Canal Basin, in US group Kennedy Wilson’s Capital Dock development. This will be its Europe, Middle East and Africa headquarters.

Mr Hyams did not say what the property would cost. Industry sources calculate that the US giant may be paying €50-€55 a sq ft, implying a yearly rent of €11-€12 million.

Cost of Dublin

Growing concerns about the cost of doing business in Dublin, highlighted this week by claims that living there costs more than oil-rich Abu Dhabi, have not put Indeed off the city.

“All of the cities that we operate in are competitive and have strong demand for office space,” he said. Mr Hyams pointed out that Indeed had businesses in places such as Austin, San Francisco and Seattle in the US, and Singapore, London and Paris elsewhere.

He stressed that the Republic’s low tax on profits was “ not a big driver”. Instead, the company sought a location with a multi-lingual talent pool – 19 nationalities work in its Irish office – that was an attractive place to live and with good services.

“When we looked at Europe, there is only a handful of spots that have all the factors that Dublin has,” Mr Hyams said.

Support from State agencies was also key. “The IDA was incredibly helpful,” he added.

Indeed worldwide sales grew 59 per cent to $1.96 billion (€1.68 billion) in the 12 months to the end of March. It employs 6,500 people around the world and expects that figure to grow past 8,000 next year.

Its site carries ads for 20 million posts around the world on any given day. Most listings are free, but employers can opt to pay to get extra prominence, if, for example, there is strong competition for the skills they seek. This is what pays the bills.

“We help people get jobs,” Mr Hyams explained. “Most sites had a classified model. Our idea is to take all the jobs and put them in one place and make it simple and easy.”