Around 160 new jobs will be created in Cork, it has been announced today. The jobs will be created in three different companies, making this week a very positive one on the jobs front in Cork.
100 new jobs have been created at the customer contact management provider, Voxpro, while 40 new jobs are to be filled in 2013 at Kepak’s consumer food facility in Watergrasshill. 20 new jobs are being created at HLB International, which offers accounting and business advice.
70 jobs were announced earlier this week by DFS, who will open a sofa store in Mahon Point and Entrecoms in Mallow.
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny is in Cork today and he said: “The Government is transforming Ireland into a competitive, enterprise-focused economy which is helping companies like Voxpro to expand and grow. We will continue to support the enterprise environment with the aim of making Ireland the best small country for business by 2016.”
Voxpro is actively recruiting multilingual, technical positions that will see its work force increase to 330 within the next three months. Voxpro is an indigenous company that operates from three purpose-built facilities in Cork.
CEO Dan Kiely said: “When my wife Linda and I set up this company 14 years ago, we had a team of six people. Today, we are Ireland’s leading provider of 24/7 technical customer management in business process outsourcing, operating in 12 languages to over 300 indigenous and global organisations – and we continue to expand at a rapid pace.”
Meanwhile Kepak are likely to need 40 new workers in 2013 and have already created 60 jobs this year.
Speaking during a visit to the plant today Minister Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney said: “Kepak Cork today employs almost 600 people across a wide range of activities with 60 of those positions alone created this year. I am pleased to announce that this is projected to grow by a further 40 during 2013 thanks to the success of the Kepak Cork team in developing highly innovative meat products to serve the retail and consumer foods market. That’s an additional 100 jobs created in just over a 12 month period.”
The Kepak Cork facility comprises two main businesses. The core business portions and packs retail ready chilled meat packs for the Musgrave Group’s SuperValu and Centra stores in Ireland. The facility also processes a range of ‘slow cooked’ own label and branded consumer meats and the Big Al’s branded burger range.