It may be Valentine’s Day, but eBay is already feeling a bit o’ Irish luck.
The San Jose-based Internet shopping site announced Thursday it is expanding operations in Ireland, another sign that the company is moving full speed to dominate retail markets around the world.
eBay will hire 450 new employees at the company’s offices in Dundalk, in the northeast corner of Ireland, to help with customer support. The hire will bring the total number of eBay and PayPal staff in the country to 3,550, the company said.
The eBay jobs are in addition to the 1,000 positions announced last year at PayPal, eBay’s payments division, according to the Irish Times. A total of 287 of those jobs have been filled, the news site reported.
New jobs are welcome news in Ireland, which is battling high unemployment and a painful financial crisis, the fallout from the global recession. Irish officials applauded the announcement, saying the presence of booming companies like eBay would lure more multinationals to the country and boost the economy.