30 new jobs for Naas technology company

The Osprey Campus in Naas
Some 30 new jobs were announced this morning (Friday) by Naas-based technology company Opensky Data Systems.

Some 30 new jobs were announced this morning (Friday) by Naas-based technology company Opensky Data Systems.

The Osprey Business Campus-based company is hiring a range of staff to meet the growth in its business intelligence and data analytics services.

The first tranche of hiring is currently underway. More staff will be hired on a phased basis in six and 12 months.

This will bring the number of employees of the company, which also has a base in Poland, to 80.

“We are an Irish company, the founders are both Irish, and we do believe in trying to help economy here,” said the company’s managing director Michael Cronin.

Opensky was founded in 2004 in Limerick, before moving to Naas two year later.

Mr Cronin said the company moved to the Lilywhite county due to its central location. “Kildare is a good location, it is near Dublin near the airports and all the transport that you need. We were looking to open an office somewhere relatively central, as we operate across the Ireland from Northern Ireland to Cork, and needed access to European cities. We did look around, and we saw Kildare had all those things - Naas in particular.”

Opensky Data Systems will look to recruit a wide range of staff, including software developers, project managers, support, sales & marketing and quality assurance personnel.

The company hired some 20 staff last year. However, Mr Cronin indicated they had been forced to look overseas for skilled software developers to fill some of these posts.

“They were simply not available, but at least they are coming to Ireland to work and spending money here,” he said.

Opensky has been supported in its development by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through Enterprise Ireland.

Minister Richard Bruton said: “Irish companies like this with ambitious growth strategies are playing a critical part in getting this country back to work.”

- Laura Coates