Software, cloud and digital transformation specialist Sidero has announced the creation of 75 jobs at its Athlone base over the next two years as part of a €4.5 million investment.
The company is also launching a new consulting division within the business, which currently employs 150 people and has its headquarters in Monksland, Co. Roscommon.
The company will be hiring in the areas of multi-cloud and software development across Java and front-end technologies in response to increased customer demand.
The new roles will also include graduate positions as part of Sidero’s graduate placement programme. The company has strong links with local third-level institutions, including the newly opened Technological University of the Shannon (TUS), and has invested more than €1 million in the initiative since 2018.
Sidero’s Chief Executive Officer, Carmel Owens, said: “The creation of these new jobs will enhance Sidero’s capabilities in the fast-growing area of digital transformation. We are seeing an increasing demand for these services from our customers, and the expansion of our team with critical skills across cloud and software development will drive this growth and build on Sidero’s track record of delivering always.
“We are also delighted to be extending our graduate programme, as Sidero is committed to collaborating with the education sector to develop the next generation of engineers, developers and consultants in Ireland, while helping to narrow the technology skills gap.
“Our Athlone base continues to offer key advantages for attracting and retaining the highest quality talent with lower cost of living, improved work/life balance and easier commutes.
“With the need for quality technical talent at an all-time high, Sidero is also delighted to announce the launch of our new Consulting Services division. Our growing team will provide our customers with the skills and expertise they need at every stage of their digital transformation journeys”.
The announcement has been welcomed by local public representatives and Enterprise Ireland.
Minister of State with responsibility for Trade Promotion Robert Troy said it was a significant milestone for the company.
“Regional development is a key milestone for this Government and working with our agency Enterprise Ireland the announcement of these new jobs will come as a further economic boost to the Midlands. I am reassured by Sidero’s commitment to playing its part in cultivating the next generation of IT workers, as it extends its graduate programme and cements its relationships with third-level institutions in the region,” he said.
Kevin Sherry, Executive Director, Enterprise Ireland said: “Enterprise Ireland has worked closely with Sidero, both in Ireland and internationally, since 2013 and is delighted to support its expansion in Athlone.
“Sidero’s growing presence in Athlone will make a very important contribution to prosperity in the region and further highlights the positioning of Ireland as a key centre of excellence for communications software and cloud technology.
“We look forward to continuing to work with Carmel Owens and the Sidero team to support their global ambition as they focus on expanding their reach with international customers in export markets and deliver new jobs here in Ireland”.