Sidero to create 75 jobs in Athlone as part of €4.5m investment

Software firm hiring as customer demand for digital transformation services grows

Technology company Sidero is to create 75 jobs at its office in Athlone as part of a €4.5 million investment .

The company, which builds critical software for successful Irish and global companies, said it is hiring for its multi-cloud and software development business across Java and front-end technologies as customer demand for digital transformation services accelerates.

The new roles will include graduates and more experienced candidates, and will enable the expansion of Sidero’s services in multiple markets including telecoms, fintech and the public sector.

The jobs are expected to be created over the next two years, but chief executive Carmel Owens said recruitment was already under way and she expected the roles to be filled in a quicker time frame. The company already employs 150 people here.


Digital services

“The growth is on the back of the demand from customer for digital transformations, and one of the good news stories out of the pandemic was the increase in adoption for digital services,” she said. “It proved the business case for the cloud. But it’s also a good news story for the midlands, a regional location outside Dublin. We’re seeing that companies like ourselves are expanding and growing.”

Ms Owens said the jobs would enhance Sidero’s capabilities in digital transformation, where the company was seeing an increased demand for services.

“Overall it will enhance our capability in the cloud area and software development,” she said. “Hopefully it will help cement our position as a leader in enterprise-grade, cloud-computing projects.”

As part of the expansion, Sidero is launching a new consulting division, which will have specialist resources to lead and support new and existing projects.

Graduate initiative

Sidero has invested more than €1 million in its graduate initiative since 2018, forging links with local third-level institutions, including Technological University of the Shannon (TUS).

The news of the expansion was welcomed by Minister of State with responsibility for Trade Promotion Robert Troy, who described it as a "significant milestone" for the business. "I am reassured by Sidero's commitment to playing its part in cultivating the next generation of IT workers, as it extends its graduate programme and cements its relationships with third-level institutions in the region," he said.

The expansion is being supported by Enterprise Ireland. "Sidero's growing presence in Athlone will make a very important contribution to prosperity in the region and further highlights the positioning of Ireland as a key centre of excellence for communications software and cloud technology," said Kevin Sherry, executive director of Enterprise Ireland.

Ciara O'Brien

Ciara O'Brien

Ciara O'Brien is an Irish Times business and technology journalist