The travel company TripAdvisor announced the opening of its new engineering hub – the largest outside of the U.S. – in Dublin, creating at least 50 new jobs. The American brand seeks web engineers to join its Irish hub, particularly new social and mobile teams. It is anticipated that more jobs at all levels will be created to fill other roles over next year, from graduates to senior levels.
Growing operational needs, growing workforce demand
The hub in the Irish capital will be used to work and develop new features for the company’s platforms. As the site has grown, the need for promising engineers has also increased. TripAdvisor, which was founded in 2000, has published more than 100 million reviews and opinions on the main TripAdvisor website on top of the 19 other travel sites they own. Every month, more than 260 million visitors use TripAdvisor branded sites.
Ireland to become “The internet capital of Europe”
According to the Irish Minister for Jobs Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, TripAdvisor’s strategic movement to invest in Ireland is a tribute to the country. TripAdvisor will help confirm the nation’s status as “the internet capital of Europe” as it has already become a basis for so many digital media companies which are targeting Europe and other parts of the world. The country is also an ideal place that welcomes many languages and cultures.
For TripAdvisor, Ireland was an optimal choice to set up its engineering hub, because of the skills available, the business culture and Government support. Not to mention that the local economy is progressively advancing; the unemployment rate is currently 13.3% (while in 2012 the average unemployment rate was 14.7%) and Gross National Product has expanded by 1.8%. More positive prospects for Ireland’s economy are anticipated in 2013 and 2014, mainly driven by U.S. expansion.
The news is really great for Irish jobseekers in the field of web engineering and web technology. This venture is a promising one in that it is here not to just open some positions for the time-being but to develop the local labor market on a long-term basis.