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23 Jan 2022

LATEST: 150 jobs being created in Kildare and Galway by Hewlett Packard

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A total of 150 jobs are to be created in Kildare and Galway by technology services and equipment producer Hewlett Packard Enterprise. 

The new roles will be in research and development, cybersecurity, software development and cloud consulting. 

The new staff will be recruited over the next two years and will be based out of the Leixlip and Ballybrit  offices.  

The company says that its own technology will mean those who get the new positions will be able to work from anywhere in the country. 

The firm has also decided to locate its European cyber security operations hub in Galway, where the specialty area has been under development for the past five years.  

This will see new jobs for data scientists and incident response teams added. 

Kildare County Council said it is delighted to welcome the significant jobs announcement by HPE.

 Peter Carey, Chief Executive, Kildare County Council said; “We are delighted that HPE is expanding its operations in Ireland and its Kildare base in particular. This demonstrates the wealth of highly skilled talent that Kildare has to offer and our ongoing ability to attract international investment.

Kildare County Council is committed to continuing to encourage and facilitate business development and growth in County Kildare and believe that commitments such as this from HPE and the recent Intel jobs announcement are significant endorsements of our county.”

The announcement was also welcomed by Cllr Ide Cussen, Chair of the Celbridge Leixlip MD and Cllr Mark Stafford, Cathaoirleach of Kildare County Council, saying; “we welcome today’s announcement by HPE and their long-term commitment to Kildare, particularly as it comes just a week after a major jobs announcement by Intel. We look forward to them continuing to make positive contributions to local communities across Kildare for years to come.”

HPE is celebrating half a century of having a base in Ireland in 2021.

“This year HPE will celebrate a fifty year legacy of operations in Ireland, so I am delighted to be building on our strong history of investing in Ireland with today’s announcement of new jobs and operations in the country,” said Antonio Neri, President and CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “Ireland has an incredible technology-focused economy and a highly skilled workforce, and our investment in the country will further develop the country as a critical market for HPE’s global business, as well as benefitting our customers, partners, team members and the citizens of Ireland.”

Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar TD said: “I’m really pleased to see that Hewlett Packard Enterprise is expanding its operations in Ireland by creating 150 highly skilled jobs over the next two years. It’s also great news that the company has chosen Galway for its European hub for cyber security operations.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has been long-established in Ireland and is a significant source of employment in both Galway and Kildare.

The company said this announcement demonstrates the company’s continued commitment to our country and shows that we have the right infrastructure and ecosystem to enable leading technology companies to grow and thrive. I wish the Hewlett Packard Enterprise team all the best with their expansion plans.”

HPE has also taken the decision to locate global centers of excellence focused on cyber security and software development in Ireland. HPE has been building its cyber security footprint in Galway over the past five years and Ireland has been made the European hub for cyber security operations. Galway is the home of HPE’s Cyber Defense Center which protects HPE and its customers from global cyber threats utilizing the latest Machine Learning and AI technologies. The Galway site already has the largest footprint of cyber professionals within HPE globally and is set to expand with new roles for data scientists and incident response practitioners.

Ireland is an R&D hub for the HPE GreenLake cloud services business with the latest developments to HPE’s hybrid cloud platform being architected by Irish engineers and software developers. Ireland is also the EMEA hub for HPE Financial Services (HPEFS), HPE’s fully licensed international bank. HPEFS funds digital transformation across the world and is at the heart of HPE’s leading circular economy program. Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, also hosts a global operations team in Cork. These global HPE businesses are hiring now.

Benefits for customers and citizens

As well as making global investments in Ireland, HPE is also investing to ensure that Irish customers and partners can access the latest enterprise technologies and services. HPE is establishing a new Hybrid Cloud Practice in the country to help businesses accelerate their digital transformation and bring the cloud experience to apps and data everywhere with hybrid cloud solutions.

“With these strategic investments in Ireland we will enhance our ability to support HPE’s customers globally and in Ireland with the latest cyber security and cloud technologies bringing resilience and agility to their operations,” said Maeve Culloty, MD, HPE Ireland. “I am excited to foster our culture for growth and innovation at HPE Ireland and I look forward to welcoming exciting new talent to our organization.”

HPE is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland. Welcoming the investment, CEO of IDA Ireland Martin Shanahan said: “The addition of 150 highly skilled roles by HPE is testament to the company’s ongoing commitment to Ireland. Today’s announcement that Galway has been chosen as HPE’s European hub for cyber security operations is an important endorsement of Ireland’s advanced technology ecosystem. This is a strategically important investment by HPE for Ireland and reflects the importance that the Galway and Leixlip sites play in the company’s global business.”

HPE has a legacy of fifty years in Ireland, going back through multiple former entities, and the company continues to build on this legacy by supporting Irish government initiatives to apply technology to drive community benefits in critical areas:

Higher Education – In order to address a national cyber security skills shortage, HPE has collaborated with Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology to create a world-class industry-focused curriculum for students.
Working in the community – Since 2015, HPE has been a flagship partner of the Government sponsored Skillsnet and Job Bridge programs to provide candidates with valuable workplace experience. HPE has supported hundreds of candidates to secure paid employment following their work placement, including many with HPE.
National cyber resilience - HPE is actively engaged with the Irish National Cyber Security Center and the Health Service Executive to offer assistance and support in the event of a significant cyber incident which threatens Irish institutions, in particular the ability of healthcare providers to deliver critical services.
Academic research – HPE has invested in the Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC) at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG). The center is dedicated to solving complex problems through further research into extreme climate events and was selected by HPE for its expertise in extreme scale software research.

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