Offshore wind energy consultancy firm to create 500 jobs

Gavin & Doherty Geosolutions (GDG), has announced plans to create up to 500 jobs. I expect hiring in this sector to gather pace as Ireland aims to be carbon neutral by 2050. We have already witnessed an increase in hiring by solar providers but the lack of experienced professionals with the required skillset is the biggest obstacle to Ireland hitting our carbon goals.

The roles will support the establishment of an engineering hub to serve growing demand for the company’s services, both domestically and internationally.

The new jobs will focus on engineering analysis, numerical modelling and offshore design, with opportunities across various grades, from graduates to senior level.

GDG is headquartered in Dublin, with offices in Cork and Belfast, from where the company services offshore wind projects worldwide.

The company was founded in 2011 by Paul Doherty and was acquired by UK-based Venterra Group in 2021.

Mr Doherty said that the offshore wind sector has been gathering domestic and global momentum, driven by the increasing decarbonisation targets set by governments worldwide.

“Today’s announcement further builds on GDG’s successful track record of assembling an industry and world-leading team of experts to meet the growing demand for offshore wind energy,” Mr Doherty said.

“Our ambitions extend beyond Europe to the US and Asian markets as we strive to become the global leader in the offshore wind industry,” he added.

Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Simon Coveney welcomed the jobs announcement.

“These new engineering roles are hugely welcome and create numerous exciting opportunities for skilled engineers of all levels,” Mr Coveney said.

“The expansion will add important capability to Ireland’s offshore wind supply chain and position Ireland as the firm’s global engineering services hub to serve its growing customer base internationally,” said Michael Lohan, CEO of IDA Ireland.