April 2nd, 2014 [IRISH EXAMINER] Kemp Technologies, a firm which develops systems for dealing with fluctuations in internet traffic, is to create 50 jobs in Limerick, its base for Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.
A leader in the development of advanced load balancers, which enable SMEs and global groups to optimise their e-commerce and online traffic capabilities, Kemp’s clients include the likes of Audi, Hyundai, and RTÉ.
The company said one of the key elements fuelling its growth in Ireland has been the quality of candidates coming out of third level.
Marguerite Leen, the general manager, said Limerick Institute of Technology had been particularly influential in growing the company from five full-time employees in 2010 to 28 today.
“We hire 90% of LIT students who come here on work placement once they graduate. The University of Limerick and LIT have helped us grow,” she said.
Ray Downes, the chief executive, said the Irish arm in Limerick will take over some responsibility for global software development.
“Having recently raised expansion capital to take us through the next number of years, it was an easy decision to build on the talent and leadership pool we already have based in Limerick,” he said.
“The bar is raised as the charter of the operation in Limerick will increase to include some global responsibilities in software development, quality assurance, marketing and operational roles.”
Richard Bruton, the jobs minister, said the manner in which KEMP had expanded, through the use of local graduates, was a model for multinationals.
“The announcement that Kemp, a hugely innovative company in this area, is more than doubling its operations in Ireland with the creation of 50 high-end jobs is great news for Limerick and for Ireland,” Mr Bruton said.
“This is a leading tech company, growing rapidly in Limerick, creating jobs rapidly, and recruiting young people from local third-level institutes and from placement programmes – a model of what we are trying to deliver in areas around the country.”
Source: The Irish Examiner