Wednesday, 18 September 2013

SQS to increase workforce in Ireland

The SQS Group (SQS) which is the world’s leading specialist in software quality has announced today that it is expanding its Irish operations by adding 75 jobs over the next three years. Fifty of the positions will be based in Dublin and the company said, a further 25 at its Northern Ireland office in Belfast. Up to 30 of the jobs will be filled by the end of the year.

SQS established it's office in Ireland in 2002The German company  which is listed on the London stock exchange currently employs 200 people in Dublin and Belfast at present. The new jobs are high end specialist roles and include software quality engineers, software testing managers, business analysts, performance engineers and software test analysts.

The company's chief executive Dik Vos made this comment ''Our continued expansion in Ireland is a strong reflection of the growth of the IT industry and the increasingly important role that independent software testing and quality control plays in the successful rollout and ongoing operations of IT systems,'' 

While the CEO Dik Vos said "there was no doubt that recruitment of such specialist roles remains a challenge, he added that working closely with the country's third level colleges and initiatives such as the SQS Graduate In-Take Programme, have proved very successful."

He went on to say "that  such measures will remain a key part of the company's recruitment strategy, ''providing valuable training and investment in developing key skillsets to support businesses in the Irish economy to the required SQS quality standards''. 

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny, TD, described the company's expansion as a welcome development and "another encouraging sign of the ongoing rise of Dublin's Digital Docklands"

Dik Vos CEO SQS Report Irish Times 19-9-13
SQS was founded in Cologne in 1982, it employs around 2,500 staff in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa. Along with a strong presence in Germany and the UK, SQS has further subsidiaries in Austria, Egypt, Finland, France, India, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, and the USA. SQS also has a joint venture in Portugal and a partnership with a company in Spain. In 2012, SQS generated a turnover of €210.1 million

Dik Vos was appointed to the SQS Management Board in March 2011 and started in SQS as COO, responsible for global sales and operations. In this role, he focused on driving forward company growth and improving the operational excellence of the global SQS Group.
Source: RTÉ News, The Irish Times & SQS

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Celebrating Equality and Diversity at work

Everyone knows that it is illegal to discriminate in the workplace, directly or indirectly, against anyone on the grounds of; age, sex, disability, religion or belief, pregnancy or maternity, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership or race.

But it wasn’t always like this… read  Celebrating Equality and Diversity at work

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