An air of employment positivity descended upon Athlone this week with an announcement by Sidero of plans to create 75 jobs at the company’s Monksland base over the next two years, following a significant investment of €4.5m - Sidero is also launching a new consulting division within the business.
The software, cloud and digital transformation specialist currently employs 150 people at its headquarters in Athlone, constructing mission critical software for some of the most successful Irish and global companies.
Such creation of employment has been positively received with local Fianna Fáil Minister of State, Deputy Troy, stating that the announcement marked a “significant milestone” in the company’s business journey.
“I am delighted to join Sidero at their campus in Monksland on such a significant milestone in its business journey. Regional development is a key milestone for this Government and working with our agency Enterprise Ireland the announcement of these new jobs will come as a further economic boost to the Midlands region.
“I am reassured by Sidero’s commitment to playing its part in cultivating the next generation of IT workers, as it extends its graduate programme and cements its relationships with third-level institution in the region.
“As the demand for digital transformation services continues to grow, it is fantastic to see a local company delivering projects to some of the most successful Irish and global organisations,” Deputy Troy asserted.
His thoughts were echoed by fellow Minister of State, Fine Gael Deputy, Peter Burke, who noted that the jobs announcement was a “vote of confidence” in the talented workforce and the standard of living in Athlone and the Midlands region.
“Our region is quick becoming a centre of excellence for technology and cloud computing and it is great to see more and more investment as companies can see the opportunities offered in the Midlands.
“I particularly welcome that all levels of employment will be offered, including roles for our recent graduates who can use their new skills and develop their careers at a local level.
“I wish Sidero all the best and look forward to working with them in the future,” Deputy Troy enthused.
Sidero Chief Executive Officer, Ms Carmel Owens, stated that the creation of such employment would enhance the company’s capabilities in the rapidly developing area of digital transformation.
“We are seeing an increasing demand for these services from our customers, and the expansion of our team with critical skills across cloud and software development will drive this growth and build on Sidero’s track record of delivering always.
“We are also delighted to be extending our graduate programme, as Sidero is committed to collaborating with the education sector to develop the next generation of engineers, developers and consultants in Ireland, while helping to narrow the technology skills gap.
“Our Athlone base continues to offer key advantages for attracting and retaining the highest quality talent with lower cost of living, improved work/life balance and easier commutes.
“With the need for quality technical talent at an all-time high, Sidero is also delighted to announce the launch of our new consulting services division. Our growing team will provide our customers with the skills and expertise they need at every stage of their digital transformation journeys,” Ms Owens remarked.
Sidero will be hiring in the areas of multi-cloud and software development across Java and front-end technologies in response to increasing customer demand for digital transformation services. The new roles will enable the expansion of Sidero’s services in the high-growth digital transformation space in multiple markets including telecoms, fintech and the public sector.
This growth will allow Sidero to cement its position as a leader in large-scale enterprise-grade cloud projects involving cloud re-hosting/re-platforming, automated pipelines, orchestration, container deployment and micro-services. This capability also includes a cloud managed service offering with both proactive and reactive services for migration, maintenance, and optimisation.
The new roles will also include graduate positions as part of Sidero’s graduate placement programme. The company has strong links with the newly opened Technological University of the Shannon (TUS ), and has invested more than €1 million in the initiative since 2018.
Sidero is also launching a new consulting arm within the business to reduce hiring timelines and enhance company growth and project delivery for customers. The new division will solve customers’ business challenges through Sidero’s expertise in cloud, cloud native and software development, providing specialist resources to lead or support both new and existing projects and programmes.