Amazon has reportedly announced its plans to open its first warehouse, or fulfilment centre, in Baldonnell Business Park, in Dublin.
The move will see the company creating 500 new jobs, reports RTÉ.
Amazon announced that the new 630,000-square-foot centre will hold millions of items to be picked, packed, and shipped to customers across Ireland, as well as the rest of Europe.
Amazon noted that the new centre, which will open next spring, will provide faster delivery for customers across Ireland, including one-day delivery on thousands of items.
It noted that recruitment has started for a range of new roles for the centre, including engineers, HR and IT professionals, health-and-safety officers, finance specialists and operations managers.
According to RTÉ, recruitment for the Amazon workers who will pick, pack and ship customer orders will begin next year.
A second delivery station will open at the Northwest Logistics Park in Ballycoolin, serving customers in Dublin and the surrounding areas.
The delivery station will create over 20 permanent jobs.
The Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar, said that today’s announcement strongly underscores Amazon’s continued commitment to Ireland.
“Since Amazon’s arrival here in 2004, it has become a significant source of employment – today’s announcement will bring its total workforce to over 5,000,” Varadkar added.
Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland, said, “It is great to see Ireland continuing to attract investment and playing such an important part in the future plans of this global company. Amazon’s ongoing commitment to Ireland is most welcome.”
Amazon noted that it pays all its employees in Ireland, whether they are full time, part time, temporary or seasonal, at least €12 per hour.