Unum technology hub in Carlow bucks trend by expanding

Creating an environment where people can thrive is key to Unum’s expansion

Edel Spillane, HR director, Unum: ‘We are in a very stable, ambitious and growing market sector. We’re thriving.’ Picture: Thomas Sunderland Photography

The Irish tech sector has seen significant losses in the last six months, with large multinationals announcing layoffs. Despite a downturn in the technology jobs market, one Irish software company is expanding.

Unum Technology Centre in Carlow has bucked the trend, employing 80 new staff in 2022 and adding 50 more IT roles in the Ireland Campus in 2023.

Unum is a leading income protection and insurance provider, protecting over 41 million people across businesses in Europe and the US. The Carlow tech hub is a driving force behind the cutting-edge digital transformation at the Fortune 500 company.

Edel Spillane, HR director of Unum, explained, “The tech jobs market has been unsettled in recent months. However, Unum’s position in fintech means we are in a very stable, ambitious and growing market sector. We’re thriving. Our projects are set for 2023 and beyond and we are now recruiting a range of tech roles to fulfil these.”

The company attributes a large part of its success to creating an outstanding work experience for its employees. The growth announcement comes as Unum adds a Great Place to Work TM certification to its credit, for a second year.

“People want to know they are recognised for their contribution to the workplace. They want strong leadership and the opportunity to develop their skills with further education and career progression. Yes, they want to be well compensated, but beyond that, people value working in an environment where they can thrive. This is where Unum excels,” said Spillane.

The company invests in creating an exceptional work culture where team members are supported to perform at the highest level through reward schemes and well-being programmes, referred to as “Your Best U”. This model is designed to help employees thrive, both at work and in life, through unique and tailored programmes providing support to employees and their families.

The endorsement of its employees is a testament to the work culture that Unum has created. The Great Place to Work Trust Index Survey of Unum employees found that 94 per cent agree that Unum is a ‘great place to work’. The company scored highly (97 per cent) in the diversity and inclusion category, while 96 per cent felt empowered in their role. Positions are now available at Unum Technology Centre in Carlow.

For more information, visit www.unumjobs.ie