It seems like a week doesn’t go by without an announcement from Salesforce. Either they’re acquiring new businesses, increasing their portfolio of capabilities or, as is the case this week, expanding their presence in yet another country.
Indeed, it has been reported this week that Salesforce is planning to add as many as 1,500 jobs in Ireland over the next five years. Although the announcement is not yet official, a person familiar with the matter has gone on record to state that there will be an upcoming joint statement from Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadka and the software giant, during which they will unveil a plan to build a “Salesforce Tower” in the city.
This new Salesforce development will allegedly be based in Dublin’s “Silicon Docks,” close to the operations of Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Facebook Inc.
Salesforce already employs more than 1,000 people in Ireland, with 35 different nationalities represented, and – as an Irish national myself – I couldn’t be more excited to see the number one CRM company in the way further investing in the country.
International expansion has always been a huge part of Salesforce, and their continued move away from their home market in the US – which currently generates most of the organisation’s revenue – is probably indicative of the saturation in the market in that region.
Indeed, last year Salesforce pledged to spend $2.5 billion to spur sales in the UK over the next five years, with funds going towards hiring new employees, building another U.K. data centre and expanding office space. Couple this with the fact that the organisation is also investing $2.2 billion in its French business over the same timeframe, and it becomes clear that Salesforce don’t want to rest on their laurels in America.
In 2014, the National Skills Strategy, published by the Department of Education, set out that Ireland is likely to experience skills shortages up to the year 2025. However, with the likes of Salesforce, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a huge influx of much needed technical talent entering the country to snap up these emerging opportunities.