It's been a busy year for jobs announcements, with latest CSO figures showing there was an annual increase in employment of 2.9% or 57,500 in the year to the third quarter of 2016. That brings total employment to over 2 million.
Every week, #allaboutjobs track jobs announcements of more than five jobs in one company through media monitoring, Government, Enterprise Ireland and IDA press releases and other company jobs announcements. We've had notable announcements throughout the year from Metlife in Galway, VistaMed in Leitrim and Opko in Waterford, to name but a few.
As part of our year in review, we're taking a look back at some large-scale jobs announcements around the country in 2016.
Shire to construct new manufacturing plant in Meath
Biotechnology company Shire is to create 400 new jobs over the next four years with an additional 700 jobs created during construction of the new biologics manufacturing plant.
Nua Healthcare with 800 jobs for Munster
Private intellectual disability care service providers Nua Healthcare announced in January it is to create 800 jobs over the next three years through the planned development of new residential and day care facilities across Munster.
The Irish Defence Forces to recruit 1,450
In April, the Defence Forces announced plans to recruit 1,450 personnel over the next two years, with 600 this year and a further 850 inductees in 2017.
1,000 new jobs at University of Limerick
A major expansion, part funded by the European Investment Bank, was announced for University of Limerick in February. 1,000 jobs in total are to be created with 700 construction jobs over the next four years and 300 new roles on campus.
600 new jobs for Cavan at Manor Farm
Manor Farm announced an expansion to its processing facility in Shercock, Co. Cavan in April. The chicken processor will create 600 new jobs over the next five years.
An Garda Síochána recruitment programme
A new accelerated Garda recruitment programme was announced in September which will see 800 Gardaí recruited next year and 3,200 on a phased basis over the next four years.
GE Healthcare to construct new factories in County Cork
In September, biopharma company GE Healthcare announced plans to construct four new factories in Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork creating 500 jobs by late 2018.
500 new jobs for Dublin at Amazon
During the summer, Amazon announced plans to hire data centre technicians, software engineers and customer support staff, among others at a number of Dublin facilities.
KPMG to add 500 jobs in Dublin, Cork and Galway
In September, professional services firm KPMG announced plans to create 200 new jobs over the next 12 months and will also recruit 300 graduates. The new roles will be in management consulting, risk consulting, tax, audit, restructuring and transaction services.
500 jobs nationwide at TTM Healthcare
Back in January of this year, TTM Healthcare announced plans for an expansion creating 500 new jobs in the next five years nationwide. The new roles will mainly be for nursing professionals, social care professionals and allied health professionals.
215 jobs announced in 9 high growth IDA client companies
In November, nine companies from North America and Europe announced plans to expand their workforce or open new offices in Ireland. These companies are supported by IDA Ireland, the Government agency responsible for promoting and developing foreign direct investment in Ireland. Read more about these companies here.
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