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From Startups to Multinationals: Exploring the Diversity of Software Jobs in Dublin

From Startups to Multinationals: Exploring the Diversity of Software Jobs in Dublin

From Startups to Multinationals: Exploring the Diversity of Software Jobs in Dublin

Posted on 02 May 2023

It’s no secret that Dublin is a thriving hub for tech jobs and software jobs in particular. And while it may not be one of the top tech hubs in Europe, it’s certainly up there with the best of them. This is in no small part thanks to the influx of major tech companies in recent years that have made Ireland’s capital their base of European operations.

But aside from those big multinationals, Dublin is also home to a vibrant startup community that offers incredible opportunities for software developers to get in on the ground floor. In 2022 alone, there were 376 startups in the city accounting for 68% of all startups in the country. Yet believe it or not, that figure is slightly lower than the year before, but it’s expected to increase once again this year. 

As you can imagine, this means quite a lot of job opportunities for a talented software engineer even if those startups aren’t necessarily all tech-related. Let’s take a closer look. 

Startup heaven

Dublin startups are generally small, agile, and innovative, focusing on developing new products and services to meet market needs. This could be anything from payment solutions to medical research. What this means is that software jobs in Dublin startups covers an incredibly diverse range of niches and industries. But more on that later. 

While roles at startups may not have quite as many benefits as those in larger multinational companies, they do offer candidates a chance to help create something new and help grow a company. In some cases there may even be equity opportunities to motivate employees to push the company to greater heights. 

Some Dublin startups to watch out for in 2023 and beyond include: 

  • Konversational (customer workflow) 

  • PlasmaBound (composite manufacturing tech) 

  • Positive Carbon (food waste management)

  • SpaceOS (remote work tech)

  • Weeve Languages (educational tech)

And that is just a very small sample of some of the exciting startups that have launched in Dublin over the last year or so. To put it simply, if working with a startup is something that you’re targeting, then Dublin is absolutely the right place for you

A European home Multinationals

If you know anything at all about the jobs market in Dublin, then you’ll know that it has become a popular choice for multinationals looking to establish a base for their European operations. The amenable tax system and significant government support for these companies has seen some of the biggest businesses in the world set up shop in Dublin. 

Since the late 1950s and early 1960s when Ireland implemented its policy of ‘industrialisation by invitation’, countless major multinational companies have come to these shores. Some of these, such as Dell and Intel have been in the country for more than thirty years while others have been here even longer. IBM, for example, first opened the doors of its Dublin offices back in 1956. 

However, it’s the recent influx over the past two decades that has really put Dublin on the map. 

These include the likes of: 

  • Amazon

  • Meta (Facebook)

  • Google

  • Citibank

  • PayPal 

  • Accenture

  • AirBnB

  • Microsoft

  • eBay

  • HubSpot

The list is seemingly endless. And while it’s true that we have seen some of those employers reduce their workforces here in Ireland, this is not necessarily indicative of a trend towards leaving Dublin. It’s more of a reflection of the global market and how many companies, particularly in the tech sector, are reducing their workforces. 

Software job diversity 

With so many startups and multinationals in Dublin, it’s no surprise that the city is a melting pot of industries and niches. 

Below, we’ve listed some of the niches with the most active companies based in Dublin. If you are looking to relocate to Dublin then the industries listed below are likely to have the most software job opportunities. 

Medical Device Tech

  • APC

  • BD Medical 

  • Siemens 

  • West 


  • Pfizer

  • Alexion

  • Bristol Myers Squibb

  • Leo Pharma 

  • SK Biotek


  • Amazon

  • AirBnB

  • Google

  • Meta (Facebook)

  • TripAdvisor 

  • Indeed

  • Squarespace

  • Twitter

  • LinkedIn 

  • Yelp

  • Asana


  • Robotify

  • Bowsy

  • Toddler Talk

  • Class Development 

  • Below Horizon

  • Zick Learn 


  • PayPal

  • Stripe

  • Citibank

  • TransferMate

  • Husky Finance

  • Loylap



As noted earlier, the lists above are just scratching the surface of what is actually available here in Dublin. There are quite literally hundreds of companies in the city, the vast majority of which have software development roles. 

In fact, a quick search for available roles shows that there are currently over 1500 software developer jobs in Dublin. That figure increases considerably if we broaden the search to include towns and suburbs in County Dublin. 

If you’re interested in working for one of the many many companies in Dublin that have software development roles but have no idea how to start, then take a look at our guide to navigating the software jobs market in Ireland. In it you’ll find some tips and advice on taking your first steps both in Dublin and other markets in Ireland. 

On the other hand, if you’re ready to begin your search, then get in touch with Software Placements. We’ve helped software development professionals from both Ireland and abroad take the next step in their career and would love to have a chat with you about your goals for the future. 

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