Ebay provides jobs boost for Dundalk

February 18, 2013

By Christine Keighery

Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny has welcomed the news that US online auction company, eBay Inc is to create 450 jobs in Dundalk.  Mr Kenny hailed the move as a “great opportunity for the northeast and Dundalk.”

eBay Inc’s sister company, PayPal, has already created 1,000 jobs at its Dundalk facility last year.

Gary Hagel, Senior Director of Customer Experience at eBay said up to 110 of the 450 customer service jobs announced last week will be filled in Dundalk by the end of the year, with the remainder to be filled by the end of 2015.

Mr Hagel said: “We’ll be filling up to 110 roles this year and we expect to have people serving our customers as early as May this year. The roles are available immediately and they are on our website.

“We’re really looking for a range of skills. Essentially it’s customer service and supporting customers who buy and sell on the site. We would encourage everyone from Dundalk and from the surrounding areas to check out our careers website.”

He said the company was certain that it would find suitable recruits with the necessary technical and language skills.

He said: “We’re very confident in Ireland and very confident in the people of Ireland, which is why we’re advertising these roles today.”

Dundalk Chamber of Commerce spokesman, Paddy Malone said the move was “a very positive message for the town and the region” as eBay’s decision to come to Dundalk was probably based on a favourable endorsement from its already established sister company, PayPal.

Mr Malone said: “There is a positive impact on the town. The DKIT is buzzing. You can see a layer of expectancy around the town.

“Even in the housing market, there’s beginning to be slight movements, but in a positive direction.

“We have the infrastructure capable to looking after these businesses.”