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A Global Hub

Over 40 years, global financial institutions have made Ireland their home, from international banks, investment managers and insurers, to aircraft leasing operators and administrators. Jobs in the sector have grown 25% since 2015.

430+ financial services companies operate in Ireland
47,000+ people employed in the industry

A Choice of Locations

The financial services sector has multiple hubs across Ireland. In addition to Dublin, locations such as Cork, Galway, Limerick, Kilkenny, Waterford and Letterkenny give investors an excellent choice of potential sites.

Regional locations offer cost efficiency and talent retention
Wide range of finance functions ensure skills availability

Broad Industry Activity

Financial services operations in Ireland handle deposit taking, lending, compliance/AML, fund accounting, trade finance, investor relations, equities, FX sales, capital markets, portfolio management, technology support, software development, cybersecurity and more.

€11+ billion annual exports
€2bn spend on payroll and Irish-sourced materials

Fintech Opportunities Await

With its track record in attracting technology operations of large multinationals as well as international financial services providers, Ireland has grown into a strategic hub for innovation on payments, fintech and more.

Activity across software engineering, AI, blockchain, cybersecurity, RPA
Industry-focused research centres offer talent and collaboration opportunities

Government Supporting Industry

The Irish Government has prioritised the continued success of the financial services sector. Working in partnership with industry, academia, and key stakeholders, the State supports the sector's ongoing growth.

High-level strategy aligned with industry needs
Supports and incentives for industry R&D activity

Track record

For 75 years, Ireland has welcomed investment and partnered with international companies setting up and growing in Ireland. Ireland is the world’s 2nd most competitive economy.

33% of IDA Ireland clients have been in Ireland for over 20 years
50% have had an Irish presence for 10+ years

Talent

International, flexible, skilled, educated, high-value workforce. Many global roles are based in Ireland with pan-European/EMEA responsibility and decision making power.

1st in the world for attracting and retaining talent
2nd in the world for workforce productivity (IMD)

Ireland’s tech ecosystem and financial services credentials alongside Kilkenny’s central location and access to talent from third level institutions in Dublin, Carlow, Waterford and beyond were all compelling factors in our location decision

Tadhg Young
State Street, Head of Ireland

See What Sets Ireland Apart

Picture from the opening of AWS’ new 170,000 sq ft Dublin campus
Success Story

There is an abundance of talent in Ireland which helped us to exceed our talent growth targets ahead of schedule. Ireland is a great place to do business, the country’s creative culture and diverse pool of technical skills make it an ideal location for our rapidly expanding business

Mike Beary
Ireland Country Manager (2017-2023), AWS
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Zendesk
Success Story

Ireland has really become a place where a lot of Europeans want to work and we've been very lucky in attracting great talent from all over Europe that are now working in Dublin

Mikkel Svane
CEO, Zendesk
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State Street has been in Ireland for more than 25 years
Success Story

Ireland’s tech ecosystem and financial services credentials alongside Kilkenny’s central location and access to talent from third level institutions in Dublin, Carlow, Waterford and beyond were all compelling factors in our location decision

Tadhg Young
State Street, Head of Ireland
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Qualtrics announcing further job expansions.
Success Story

Ultimately, what you want is a geography where you can build an office that has broad market coverage. For a company going into Europe, Ireland has the lowest cost to set up a business, with a broad pool of talent from across the EU

Jared Smith
Co-Founder
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The view from inside HubSpot’s Dublin office
Success Story

The HubSpot team in Ireland is an incredibly talented and passionate group that thrives on providing tailored solutions to individual customer challenges, all of which adds up to making a big impact globally.

Christian Kinnear
VP and Managing Director EMEA, HubSpot
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Cloud leader has invested $2billion+ in its Irish operations
Zendesk Expands Team to 500 Staff in Ireland
Continued expansion at four Irish sites over 20+ years
Qualtrics Chooses Ireland for its Skills Base
There’s an old Irish saying that a good start is half the work; it’s proven true for HubSpot when setting up its international base.