Pictured in Dublin at the announcement of ESB's drive to recruit 1,000 people over the next three years were: Nzinge Golding, ESB, Environment Minister Eamon Ryan, Sinéad Kilkelly, ESB, Ciara Connolly, first-year ESB Networks apprentice, and Paddy Hayes, ESB chief executive.

ESB announces plan to recruit 1,000 more staff in next three years

The ESB announced today (Monday) that it's planning to recruit 1,000 people in the next three years as part of its aim to achieve net zero emissions.

The jobs on offer are to include roles in Engineering, IT, Finance, Procurement, Customer Service and HR.

Apprentices and qualified electricians will also be recruited.

An ESB spokesperson said more than 300 of the new roles would be going to graduates, apprentices and trainees and that this would cement ESB's commitment to "investing in career development and on building a future talent pipeline."

The ESB group currently employs around 8,000 people across its diverse range of businesses.

The company said its 'Driven to Make a Difference: Net Zero by 2040' strategy sets out "a clear roadmap" to achieve net zero emissions "in a way that supports our continued growth."

Commenting on today's announcement, Environment Minister Eamon Ryan said: "This is a critical time for Ireland's energy landscape, as we work together to achieve the targets set out in the Climate Action Plan.

"I welcome ESB’s announcement today, setting out a plan to actively recruit people with the range of skills needed to support its own ambition to achieve net zero by 2040.

"Together with the 8,000 people already employed at the organisation, these new recruits will play a key role in creating a clean energy future for us all."

The jobs will be advertised on www.esb.ie/careers where all interested applicants are invited to register their interest for future opportunities.