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Amazon expansion creates 300 jobs

Internet retail giant Amazon is to create 300 jobs under an expansion of its Irish operations, it has announced.

The new roles will be based at the company's Ballsbridge offices in Dublin and will include technicians, software engineers and customer support staff.

Werner Vogels, chief technology officer at Amazon, said it was looking for some of the best technology talent in Europe to join the company in the Irish capital.

"Amazon has been an active contributor to the Dublin technology community for a decade and during this time we have been extremely impressed with the creativity and strong technical talent available in the country," he said.

"We recognise that some of the greatest technology minds in the world can be found in Europe and we are looking for some of these talented people to join our rapidly growing team."

Amazon first opened an office in Ireland in September 2004, and it has already expanded to employ 1,400 staff in Dublin and Cork.

Dublin-based staff are responsible for engineering new technologies to support its retail operations, devices and web services.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said Amazon has been integral to the Irish technology community.

"Within Ireland's internationally recognised digital sector, having a company of Amazon's stature adding more jobs further strengthens our international reputation," he said.

"This is a fantastic announcement for Amazon and Ireland as we continue to secure recovery and create jobs for our people."

The latest jobs boost follows a number of announcements over the past week by several multinational companies that they are recruiting for 800 new roles in Irish operations.

In a review of the Government's action plan for jobs, the Government said further announcements could be expected over the coming weeks and months.

"The falling live register figures and the hundreds of new jobs announced in recent days are very encouraging signs our co-ordinated strategy is paying off," claimed Mr Kenny.

"However, as we work towards securing the growing economic recovery, our focus on implementation has not and will not let up."

The Government has set a target of 100,000 people back to work by 2016. By its own estimates, that means 30,000 new jobs will have to be created over the coming year.

Latest figures show more than 370,000 people remain on the dole despite a slight drop in the unemployment rate.

More than one in 10 in the workforce do not have a job, with the unemployment rate at 11%, a slight decrease from 11.1% in September.

Trends also show a lot more men than women are coming off the dole.

Tanaiste and Labour leader Joan Burton said she is confident the unemployment rate would drop below one in ten over the coming year.

Jobs Minister Richard Bruton admitted the Government has "a long way to go" to bring joblessness down to acceptable levels.

"But people can have confidence that the plan is working, and if we stick with it we can ensure that the mistakes of the past are not repeated and we can see sustainable jobs growth for years to come," he added.

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