Clare T.D. and Chair of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade Deputy Pat Breen has described the news that Uber is to open their first customer support hub outside of the United States in the Mid-West Region as a huge boost for Regional Job Creation.
“The on-line demand car service is opening its first customer support outside of the United States in Limerick. While initially the Company is to set to hire 150 people an additional 150 people will be recruited at the Limerick facility once they are fully operational. Worldwide the Company employs 2000 people and its technology platform which allows drivers to offer journeys in their cars using a smartphone app, is already in use in 329 cities in 50 countries. The Limerick Facility will deal with the needs of Uber users in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Since this Government introduced our Action Plan for Jobs over 100,000 extra jobs have been created. Our strategy now is to spread the recovery across the regions, focusing on the regions competitive strengths.
The Mid-West Region is an attractive location for Foreign Direct investment. The establishment of the Shannon Group Plc has facilitated the restoration of Shannon Airport as the engine for growth in the Region which is providing more connectivity and driving jobs and tourism. We have a first class knowledge infrastructure ensuring an available pool of highly skilled graduates from our Third Level College Institutions and we are building a strong reputation in the IT Sector with a cluster of companies located here.
The IDA’s strategy for the next four years is targeted at increasing FDI in each Region outside of Dublin by 30% to 40%. IDA clients in the Mid West Region employ 14,575 people and over the past five years they have secured 51 projects for this Region. An increase of 30% to 40% would result in 66 to 71 investments here during the period 2015-2019.
Today’s announcement by Uber is very good news for the entire Region and is testament to the Government’s strategy to spread recovery to all regions of the Country. It is also a vote of confidence in our available skilled workforce.
I am delighted to see that recruitment is already underway and I look forward to further investments in this Region going forward.”