Amazon is to create another 1,000 permanent jobs in Ireland over the next two years, bringing its total permanent workforce here to 5,000 people. 

The new roles will be based across the company's Cork and Dublin sites in Blanchardstown, Tallaght, the city centre, and north County Dublin.

The new jobs range from software development engineers, network development engineers, systems development engineers, optical deployment engineers, database engineers, Dev Ops engineers and support engineers. 

The company is also looking for data centre technicians and mechanical and electrical engineers, solutions architects, security specialists, big data specialists, technical and non-technical programme managers and account managers. 

Amazon also said today it is investing in a new 170,000 square foot campus in Charlemont Square in Dublin. 

The new campus will be home to Amazon Web Services' growing cloud computing workforce, and is expected to open in 2022. 

"Amazon has been investing and growing in Ireland for over 15 years, and today, we are reaffirming and increasing that commitment with the creation of these highly skilled roles," said Mike Beary, AWS Ireland Country Manager. 

"We have seen a surge in demand for cloud services in Ireland and globally, and we are excited to add 1,000 highly skilled roles so we can continue to help our customers to innovate, especially in this difficult time, and work towards building a robust digital economy for the future," Mr Beary said.

Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland, said that Amazon's "phenomenal growth" in Ireland is due to its commitment, energy, and creativity in how it does business. 

"These new roles, in addition to the thousands that Amazon has already here are a strong indicator of Ireland's continued ability to attract quality global investment, despite the significant challenges created by Covid-19," Mr Shanahan added.

"This latest jobs announcement by Amazon and AWS is a further vote of confidence in the skills and talent of Irish people and will provide a welcome boost to our economy," Taoiseach Micheál Martin said.

"We have a strong and proud record in attracting investment, and today's announcement further bolsters our reputation as a leading nation in global technology," he added.

Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar said that Amazon's announcement is a huge vote of confidence in Ireland's economy and workforce as it recovers from the economic crisis caused by Covid-19. 

"It speaks to our ambition to make Ireland the tech capital of Europe. It demonstrates our ability to continue to attract high quality jobs in growth sectors like digital," he added.

Amazon also said that the first of its wind farm projects in Ireland will come online in September. 

The Esk wind farm in Co Cork will be Amazon's first operational renewable energy project outside the US, which will deliver clean energy to the country's electric grid. 

The company said the wind farm will also help it meet its commitment to power its global operations with 100% renewable energy by 2025 as part of its goal to reach net zero carbon by 2040.