The history of Amazon in Ireland

By: July 27, 2020
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Many people may not know, but Amazon has had a presence in Ireland since 2004. It has spent over €2 billion on data centres in Ireland since 2011 and employs nearly 4,000 people. Its customer service centre in Cork spans over 47,500 square feet. Now it is looking to hire an extra 1,000 engineers and developers.

Amazon says it will create another 1,000 permanent jobs in Ireland over the next two years. The new roles will bring Amazon’s total permanent workforce in the country to 5,000 people.

To learn more and apply for the roles, go here.

“Amazon has been investing and growing in Ireland for over 15 years. We are reaffirming that commitment with the creation of these highly-skilled roles,” said Mike Beary, AWS Ireland country manager. “We have seen a surge in demand for cloud services in Ireland and globally.”

Amazon and AWS’s history in Ireland
After first opening an office in Ireland in September 2004, Amazon opened a customer service centre in Cork in April 2006.

The Cork Customer Service Centre spans over 47,500 square feet and employs people in a variety of roles from instructional designers and support engineers, to operations managers and capacity planners.

In November 2007, AWS launched its first infrastructure region outside of the US. It was in Ireland.

Amazon will open a new delivery station in Dublin later this year (2020), to ensure it continues to meet growing customer demand and will work alongside existing carrier partners.

Between 2011 and 2018, AWS contributed more than €2 billion in capital expenditure and ongoing operational spend in data centre construction and operation in Ireland, hiring more than 2,000 employees directly and supporting 9,500 jobs indirectly in the construction and sub-supplier sectors.

In addition to creating new jobs, AWS has extended its collaboration with Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) in Tallaght and in Blanchardstown to fund a bursary programme for 40 students to study to become data centre technicians.

AWS is also working with several Irish colleges and universities as part of its AWS Educate and AWS Academy programmes. AWS Educate provides member institutes such as the Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin City University, and the University of Limerick with no-cost access to learning content and AWS services.

AWS Academy serves post-secondary institutions exclusively and offers an end-to-end curriculum, developed and maintained by AWS. It is designed to be delivered over a semester by AWS Academy Accredited Instructors. Institutions including TU Dublin, Cork Institute of Technology, Limerick Institute of Technology, and Waterford Institute of Technology are all members of AWS Academy. Through these initiatives, students and educators will have access to content and programmes specifically developed to skill up for cloud careers.

AWS is also investing in new initiatives to encourage more people to consider careers in technology. In 2020, AWS launched AWS GetIT to secondary schools in Ireland. AWS GetIT is an initiative designed to introduce 12-13-year-old students in Ireland to cloud computing and digital skills. In conjunction with initiatives such as AWS Girls Tech Day, the company works to inspire more students to consider a career in technology.

In 2019 AWS became the first organisation to deliver corporate power purchase agreements (CPPAs) to support the development of two wind farms in Esk, Co. Cork and Meenbog, Co. Donegal. The two new wind farm projects, which will come online in 2020 and 2021 respectively, will support Ireland’s goals to meet its 2020 and 2030 renewable energy targets.

In Tallaght, AWS is supporting the country’s first heat waste project, which will see waste heat redirected from AWS’s data centres to serve South Dublin County Council’s (SDCC) HeatNet Project.