By Ciara Phelan
WP Engine are from today accepting CV’s after they announced 100 new jobs for Limerick city.
The US tech company powers websites and applications built on the WordPress platform and “helps our customers to win online”, said CEO of WP Engine Heather J Brunner.
Speaking at the announcement at The Savoy Hotel in Limerick this morning she thanked IDA Ireland and stated “The IDA have being an incredible partner and Ireland should be very proud of the work that IDA does around the world representing Ireland and spending their time to get to know companies.”
The technical support and innovation centre will open on 17 Patrick St and WP Engine have already employed ten new staff members who will take up training in the US next week.
“These jobs will help to fuel WP Engine, technical innovation as well as outstanding customer support. In the last six and a half years we have built a platform for helping our customers better manage and build their websites. We are so happy to have Limerick as part of our family.”
Along with the announcement, the CEO stated that one of WP Engine’s key areas and focus’ was that they inspire to lead and are committed to giving back:
“This is what we want to achieve here in Limerick as well as working closely with the local government, become integrated in the community, work with the education leaders and to make Limerick a better place.”
Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor welcomed WP Engine and said she understood why companies like WP Engine were coming to Limerick:
“Limerick has a high skills pool, a highly educated workforce and has access to third level institutions and an international airport on our doorstep.”
She acknowledged the hard work put in by students from the University of Limerick and Limerick Institute of Technology and told CEO J Brunner that the students want to work with industries, listen to what the industries need and are able to deliver.
Finance Minister Michael Noonan attended the event this morning and stated that: “having a job is now the biggest divide in this society.” He spoke about the constant increase in employment in Limerick over the last twelve months with the arrival of Dell, Uber, Viagogo and others expanding their business and he congratulated IDA Ireland on their work and said the “pipeline was bright” for Limerick city and county.
At the event he mentioned that the recent decision on Apple has had no effect on foreign direct investment and more importantly there isn’t any pressure from Europe to change Ireland’s tax offering in any way.
The new job announcement today is the second boost to Limerick’s economy as Fazzi healthcare last week announced 300 new jobs at Georges Quay.