10/12/2012 : GAMBLING GROUP IN MAJOR RECRUITMENT DRIVE
 
Paddy Power likely to boost Irish staff by 800
 
The Irish land and online gambling group Paddy Power is set to employ an additional 800 people at its new Dublin headquarters, bring its total staff to almost 2,800, reports the publication Silicon Republic.
 
The new posts will be in areas such as e-commerce, m-commerce, technology development, social media, quantitative research, risk management and online marketing.
 
Paddy Power's new headquarters at Power Tower in Clonskeagh will be opened Thursday by Irish Taoiseach (first minister) Enda Kenny TD.
 
Paddy Power operates 365 retail outlets and is the sixth-largest online gaming business in the UK and Ireland; it has been steadily expanding across Europe and new markets such as Australia and is eyeing opportunities around the world, including Asia.
 
All 800 new jobs will be filled by the end of 2015, bringing the total employment by Paddy Power in Ireland to 2,783.
 
Chief executive Patrick Kennedy said Thursday:
 
“We are hiring at an increased rate and investing heavily in e-commerce to capitalise on structural market growth and emerging opportunities around the globe as more and more countries licence online betting and gaming.
 
“We are a business born and bred in Ireland and we take pride in continuing to create high quality jobs with the associated economic multiplier effect in this country, particularly given the current economic challenges. We welcome the government’s introduction of a licensing regime and commitment to a robust regulatory framework which will sustain and attract investment.”
 
Four fifths of the Group’s operating profit was generated online last year.
 
In May of this year, the group launched in the Italian online market, resourced out of Rome and Dublin. In July, the group successfully secured a Preliminary Finding of Suitability from the Nevada Gaming Commission and has located resources in the US to prepare for the opening of the online market there.
 
Paddy Power has established partnerships with PMU, the second largest betting organisation in the world, in France and with the British Columbia Lottery Corporation in Canada. It also has an international games technology operation in Bulgaria.
 
Of the 800 jobs announced today, 189 have been filled since the beginning of April, an average of 30 new jobs a month, Kennedy revealed. 100 positions are currently open in a variety of areas.
 
Taoiseach Kenny said: “This welcome announcement of 800 new high skilled jobs by Paddy Power highlights the strides Irish companies are taking in e-commerce and technology. Through our Action Plan for Jobs, we are supporting the transition from the old unsustainable economic model to a new, dynamic economy based on enterprise, exports and innovation.
 
“Paddy Power’s announcement shows how Irish companies can embrace change and respond to new opportunities. I commend the company on its commitment to Ireland and in particular its commitment to retaining and developing Irish graduates.”