Delivery company DPD Ireland have announced plans to create 700 new permanent jobs across Ireland, before the end of the year.

DPD headquarters is in Athlone where a 150 of the positions will be based. The remaining 550 new jobs will be based in 36 of its regional depots spread across Ireland.

The new jobs consist of driver roles and operational personnel.

Speaking at the announcement, DPD Ireland’s chief executive Des Travers said such a high job creation was made possible following a strong year of business, despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Our services have played an important role in these unprecedented times, with consumers ordering more online due to coronavirus concerns. The new jobs will increase our workforce to almost 2,000, enabling us to continue to meet customer demand.

The additional roles provide a glimmer of light against the bleak backdrop of the coronavirus crisis, and we hope the expansion of our business will help boost the economy as a whole.

Also present at the announcement was Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar. He had this to say:

The news that 700 permanent jobs are going to be created all over the country between now and the end of the year is a real boost to the economy and a real vote of confidence in the future

And I think it gives people a lot of hope that we can bounce back from this and we can make a full economic recovery in time.

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