450 jobs to be created by eBay in Dundalk

 An Taoiseach, Mr. Enda Kenny T.D., together with Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mr. Richard Bruton T.D., today announced 450 high quality new jobs by eBay, Inc., the world’s leading provider of online marketplaces and payment services.  Based at an Operations Centre in Dundalk, this is supported by Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.

The new jobs will help provide the growing European customer base of the company’s eBay Marketplaces and PayPal businesses with an enhanced experience in the areas of customer services, sales and compliance. The new positions, which are in addition to 1,000 new jobs announced by PayPal last year, are located within its Customer Services team and also based at the Dundalk facility.

Gary Hagel, Senior Director, eBay Customer Experience, UK, Ireland and Rest of Europe said: “eBay’s continued commitment to its customers is underlined through this investment in customer services team members fulfilling a variety of roles to make eBay an even better place to shop and sell.  Ireland is a centre of excellence for our Global Customer Experience function and the country provides a highly-skilled workforce for eBay with the required technical and language skills, an attractive research environment and proven track record on delivery.”

Louise Phelan, Vice President Global Operations EMEA at PayPal said: “Today’s announcement is fantastic news for the Dundalk area. We are looking forward to welcoming our eBay colleagues at the PayPal site in Dundalk. Last year was a great year for PayPal in Ireland. Our Dundalk site was operational within 11 weeks of the contracts being signed. We currently have over 230 people employed on site there and we look forward to continuing to expand this number in 2013.”

An Taoiseach, Mr. Enda Kenny T.D. said: “This announcement by eBay and PayPal is exceptional news for Ireland, the north east and Dundalk in particular. The fact that global technology leaders like eBay and PayPal are expanding their operations here shows that we have the local talent pool, infrastructure and business environment to attract high quality investments. Last week’s agreement on bank debt will lead to further investment as confidence in the Irish economy continues to grow which is good for jobs and recovery.”

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton T.D. said: “Every job that is created by a multinational company in Ireland creates approximately one extra job elsewhere in the domestic economy – in supply companies, retail and other services. Key to the Government’s plans for jobs and growth is seeking to attract more jobs and investment from the strong base of world-leading multinationals we have built in Ireland. Today’s announcement that global technology leaders eBay and PayPal are creating 450 additional jobs in a regional location is great news for Dundalk, the North East and for Ireland. Through Action Plan for Jobs 2013 we will build on recent successes to attract more multinational investment and create the jobs we need.”

Barry O’Leary, CEO of IDA Ireland said: “Today’s announcement of a further investment by eBay Inc. in Ireland demonstrates Ireland’s capability at the core of the digital economy and further secures our reputation as the internet capital of Europe.  The scale of the investment in a key regional location is a strategic win for Ireland and it demonstrates the confidence a global leader such as eBay has in Ireland’s skills availability and business environment.”

eBay Inc. first established in Ireland in 2003 and currently employs 2,300 people across its eBay and PayPal facilities located at Blanchardstown in Dublin and a new facility at Dundalk Business Campus, Dundalk, Co Louth. The company’s operations in Ireland provide a variety of support functions to its growing customer base across the EMEA region.

Details of the available job vacancies can be found at www.ebaycareers.com