It was announced today that DPD Ireland, the country’s largest dedicated parcel delivery company, will create 120 new jobs as part of a €2 million investment at the company’s central sortation hub in Athlone, bringing total investment in the facility to €38 million.
The company aims to significantly scale up its Irish operations by increasing its sorting capacity in Athlone and boosting staff numbers in the country from 1,720 to 1,840 employees.
Over the peak period, DPD Ireland says it will see upwards of 170,000 parcels processed per day throughout its network of 34 Irish depots. A total of 21,000 parcels will be sorted per hour, versus the regular non-peak parcel volumes of 14,000 per hour.
The jobs were announced by Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, who officially opened the expanded hub this morning.
The roles consist of drivers, sortation staff in the regional networks, night staff at the Athlone hub and admin staff throughout the country, with recruitment for the new jobs to begin immediately.
Speaking today, Minister Humphreys said, "As Chair of the Retail Consultation Forum, I am especially keen that retailers all over Ireland are positioned to take advantage of the digital transformation in that sector. This offers huge potential for growth, as DPD’s announcement demonstrates. I want to congratulate DPD on their expansion and look forward to seeing their jobs having a big impact."