Microsoft to hire 200 new engineers for Dublin campus


Microsoft is making a further significant investment at its campus in Leopardstown, Dublin by expanding the workforce by 200 engineers and building a new €27m engineering hub.

The company, which already employs 2,500 workers in Ireland, is announcing the expansion today and unveiling details of a new 10,000sqm facility for engineering innovation.

The new hires will increase the engineering workforce in Ireland by a third and put the Dublin operation at the center of the company's service response to Covid-19, which has massively increased demand for remote working solutions.

The engineers will be involved in the development, deployment, and support of new cloud services and emerging technology solutions for customers around the globe. Recruitment has already started with the company hiring people for positions in software engineering, customer engineering, program management, product design, user experience, and data science.

"This investment builds on decades of commitment by Microsoft in Ireland and further strengthens the country’s position as a center for innovation in Europe," said Tánaiste Leo Varadkar. “Our focus in the months ahead will be to rebuild Ireland’s economy in a manner that will be sustainable. A growing engineering talent pool is crucial in helping to imagine and create the solutions that Ireland will need to rebuild and recover."

The heart of the new engineering hub is "The Garage", a workplace design concept established at Microsoft’s Seattle campus and at 10 other worldwide locations to encourage fresh thinking.

The Garage at Microsoft’s Dublin campus is the first in Europe and puts Ireland on a par with the US, Canada, Israel, India, and China. Its introduction is meant to facilitate collaboration amongst all Microsoft employees, as well as with customers and partners, as the company adapts to new workplace demands due to the pandemic and the switch to remote working.

"This year we have been forced to change how we live, work, and do business with technology keeping us all connected and productive," said Cathriona Hallahan, managing director of Microsoft Ireland. "It is essential that we maintain the momentum and continue to leverage the benefits of digital as we reimagine Ireland and drive an inclusive recovery. Our engineers will be at the center of that effort and we look forward to welcoming them into our newly redesigned space when restrictions allow.”

Earlier this month, Microsoft Ireland published research saying that almost half of the country’s office workers may never return to the office full-time and that corporate spending on offices, in general, would decrease.

However, the tech giant also said at the time it had no plans to downsize its own newly-built physical campus in Dublin.

Microsoft is one of a number of large companies in Dublin that has informed staff they can work from home forever, subject to their role and agreement from individual managers.

Other tech giants in Dublin, such as Facebook and Google, have adopted similar ‘flexible working’ policies with an eye on the future.

However, none of the firms has yet started to implement the policies, with offices still largely closed.

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