Mastercard to hire 1,500 for Dublin tech hub

Mastercard is planning to hire 1,500 staff in Dublin as it looks to establish its European Technology Hub in the Irish capital.

The payments giant is planning to treble its Irish workforce for the new campus in Leopardstown over the course of the next three to five years.

The jobs will cover areas including cyber security, artificial intelligence, blockchain and user experience. Mastercard will be recruiting for technologists with strong development and software skills looking to work on impactful, cutting edge technology projects.

Mastercard currently employs 650 people in Dublin, with the plans set to boost numbers to 2,000.

IDA Ireland, which monitors hiring and investment in Ireland, said the move would be one of the largest job announcements in the country’s history, and comes after fellow tech giant Salesforce said it would recruit 1,500 staff in Dublin in the coming years.

“This is excellent news and further proof of Ireland’s place as a global hub for technology – the 1,500 jobs being created at Mastercard are high quality, skilled positions,” said acting prime minister Leo Varadkar.

Google, Facebook and Microsoft-owned LinkedIn have all leased space in the city in recent years, as companies look to establish a base in Ireland.

Ed McLaughlin, president of Mastercard operations and technology added: “Our Dublin Tech Hub is an innovation engine for our company across Europe and beyond, and we’re delighted to be expanding our technology footprint in the city.

He added: "Our new campus will help us continue to attract the best and brightest tech talent, so that we stay on the forefront of emerging tech trends and are well positioned to forge the future of digital commerce across the globe.”

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