IDA Ireland, the inward investment promotion and development agency of the Irish Government, reported a record-breaking year for employment with significantly higher levels of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in 2021 compared with 2020.
Numbers directly employed in the multinational sector in Ireland reached 275,384 – the highest Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) employment level ever.
Growth in regions was particularly buoyant with 53% - 133 projects of the 249 investments won going to regional locations and employment growth recorded in every region of the country. The strong growth in regional investment was supported by IDA Ireland's property programme.
An Tánaiste & Minister for Enterprise, Trade & Employment Leo Varadkar T.D. said: "These results are quite remarkable. In another year that was unfortunately mired by the pandemic, we saw the highest FDI employment creation figures we've ever had in a single year. There are now more people employed in our multinational sector than ever before – 275,384".
Martin Shanahan, CEO IDA Ireland said: "These 2021 results were achieved in an immensely challenging and volatile international environment. Ireland's performance in attracting FDI to achieve these record results is testament to the work of the Agency's teams in Ireland and around the world, to the success of the client companies that we partner with on a daily basis and to the support of Government".
Key Announcements for 2021
Genesys. Galway. Announced 100 new software roles at its R&D Centre for Digital and Artificial Intelligence in Galway.
Medallia, Open Locations. Announced plans to open a new mid-market sales and support hub for EMEA, creating 100 remote location roles.
Indigo Telecom Group. Limerick. Announced plans to recruit 100 people to its International Fibre Centre of Excellence in Limerick.
Takeda. Dublin. Announced a €36m investment in its Grange Castle facility in Dublin, which will create c100 new jobs over the next three years.
IQ-EQ. Clare. The global investor services group announced plans to expand its Irish operations with the launch of a dedicated Funds business in Ireland creating 45 roles.
SITA. Donegal. Air transport IT provider announced a significant expansion of its Agile DevOps teams - creating 55 additional roles in Letterkenny.
Stripe. Dublin. Online payments firm announced that it is to significantly expand its presence in Dublin having raised $600m in funding, resulting in the creation of 1,000 new jobs.
Intel. Kildare. Announced the expansion of its manufacturing operations in Ireland, creating an additional 1,600 jobs.
Hewlett Packard Enterprises. Kildare. Company announced its plans to recruit 150 experienced technologists in Ireland over the next two years.
Horizon. Waterford. Biotech company Horizon Therapeutics plc announced that it is to establish a manufacturing facility in Waterford creating 50 new roles.
Fiserv. Tipperary. Announced that it will expand its research and development operations in Nenagh, County Tipperary, adding 200 jobs over the next three years.
Accenture. Cork. Accenture in Ireland announced plans to grow and deepen its presence with the creation of 500 new roles over the next three years, specialising in areas including technology, cloud, security, strategy, creative and design.
Bausch + Lomb. Waterford. Announced plans to invest €90M to expand its manufacturing operations at its Waterford facility, creating an additional 130 jobs
OLED/PP. Shannon. Announced they are embarking on a multi-million-euro capital investment that is expected to create up to 100 high-tech jobs at a new Shannon manufacturing site.
Repligen Corporation. Waterford. Announced it is to significantly expands its manufacturing operations in Waterford, with the creation of 130 new roles.
Bionical Emas. Westmeath. Announced plans to establish a European storage, distribution and labelling facility in Westmeath, initially creating 35 new jobs for the Midlands region at a 7,000 sq ft facility in Kilbeggan.
State Street. Kilkenny. Marking 25 years in Ireland with the announcement that it will establish a new global cybersecurity and technology unit in Kilkenny, creating 400 jobs.
HIAB. Dundalk. The Forklift-maker announced it is to invest €50 million in a new factory in Dundalk, creating 100 new jobs.
Amazon. Dublin. Announced plans to open its first state-of-the-art fulfilment centre in the Republic of Ireland, creating 500 new permanent jobs to help meet customer demand.
Integer. Galway. Announced it will further expand its presence in Galway with the construction of a new Medical Device Innovation and Manufacturing facility, adding up to 200 jobs in a projected $30 million investment.
Poly. Galway. The global communications company announced the opening of its new EMEA Centre of Excellence in Galway creating 200 highly skilled jobs.
Zoetis Inc. Tullamore. The worlds leading animal health company announced plans to expand its manufacturing and development facility, creating up to 100 new jobs.
VistaMed. Leitrim. The MedTech company is to create 100 jobs as part of a significant expansion at its facility in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.
Edwards Lifesciences. Limerick. The US medical device company is to create an additional 250 jobs at its Limerick manufacturing site, bringing the total number to be employed there to 850.
TELUS International. Ballina Co. Mayo. Canadian company is hiring for up to 30 new positions in Ballina, Co Mayo.
Legato. Limerick. The Health Service provider officially opened its R&D Hub in Limerick, announcing it intends to add a further 60 highly skilled roles to its operation.
MetPro. Tralee, Co Kerry. Announced that it is to expand its facility in Tralee, which will lead to the creation of 15 new jobs for the area.
Tegus. Waterford. The market intelligence firm is to establish a new European HQ in Waterford city with the creation of up to 100 jobs.
ClickUp. Dublin. US software company is to establish its European HQ in Dublin creating 200 skilled roles.
BD. Drogheda. Leading global MedTech company announced the creation of 100 new jobs as part of a €62m investment in the site to upgrade equipment and expand production lines.
Infosys BPM. Waterford. Announced it is expanding its presence by creating 250 jobs with the development of a new delivery centre in Waterford.