180 jobs could be cre­ated in Sci Tech

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - NEWS -

IT’S been claimed that Kerry’s science, tech­nol­ogy and en­gi­neer­ing sec­tor could cre­ate up to 180 new jobs in 2019.

The claim from Kerry SciTech is based on a sur­vey that the local science and tech­nol­ogy pro­mo­tional net­work re­cently car­ried out among its mem­bers.

The net­work’s mem­bers in­clude lead­ing Kerry firms such as Fexco, Dairy­mas­ter, TriCel and As­pen Grove So­lu­tions, as well as in­ter­na­tional firms JRI Amer­ica, Astel­las and Lieb­herr that have op­er­a­tions in the county.

Eighty per cent of com­pa­nies sur­veyed by Kerry SciTech said that they would cre­ate more po­si­tions in Kerry if the tal­ent was read­ily avail­able.

Com­pa­nies that said they do plan to recruit ex­tra staff in Kerry this year in­clude Dairy­mas­ter, Astel­las, Bioat­lantis, Diomac, Fexco, Fluirse, Listal, Net­feasa, PulseLearn­ing, TriCel, Tweak, ViClar­ity and Wazp.

In the press re­lease is­sued to pro­mote the re­sults of the Sci Tech sur­vey, the only com­pany to ex­pressly out­line its 2019 re­cruit­ment plans was Dairy­mas­ter, which will cre­ate 50 new jobs at its Cause­way head­quar­ters ac­cord­ing to its CEO Pro­fes­sor Ed­mond Harty .

Kerry SciTech said that JRI Amer­ica is cur­rently hir­ing QA Engi­neers, sys­tems engi­neers and a num­ber of cy­ber­se­cu­rity-re­lated po­si­tions in­clud­ing threat an­a­lysts in Tralee, though the num­ber of new po­si­tions at the firm was not spec­i­fied.

In­ter­ested can­di­dates can view de­tails of po­si­tions that are cur­rently open and find out how to ap­ply at www.ker­ryscitech.com. Cur­rently 32 po­si­tions – in­clud­ing 14 at JRI and six each at Dairy­mas­ter and Fexco – are ad­ver­tised on the web­site.

Fexco had al­ready an­nounced it will be cre­at­ing 175 new jobs – the ma­jor­ity of them in Kerry – over the next three years.

Fexco Cor­po­rate Pay­ments CEO Ruth McCarthy

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