Who We Are

The Open Doors Initiative will provide opportunities to some of the marginalised members of our society:

  • Refugee, asylum seekers and non-native English speakers.
  • Young people under 25 with educational barriers.
  • People with a disability

In Ireland today, these groups face higher barriers to employment than most others. Did you know?

  • There is a 70% unemployment rate among people with a disability.
  • Since the summer of 2018 many of our refugees and asylum seekers have been given the right to work, but have been unable to access training and experience.
  • The unemployment rate among our long-term unemployed under 25s is twice the national average.

In September 2018, 14 Irish employers came together with a plan to address these issues and support people from these three groups in Irish society into employment. Our numbers continue to grow and if you want to join us on this journey fill out the contact form below.

The Government are fully supportive of the Open Doors Initiative, especially An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar and Minister of State, David Stanton.

The benefits of what we are doing will be two-fold – we will open up the labour market to some of those who have been unable to access it; and in doing so we will attract and retain our future workforces.

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Open Doors Initiative / Creating Work Opportunities For All

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The Open Door Initiative is about thriving to make a difference in people’s lives, whether you need assistance finding a new job, writing a CV or tips on how to prepare for an interview. e-Frontiers will be your first point of contact to help you cross any barriers you may feel you are facing when looking for employment.

If you feel you fall under any of the categories who faces higher barriers to employment outlined below, please feel free to apply below to get in touch with our member and partner Consultants for advice, guidance and help finding a new job and introductions to the Open Door Initiative clients.

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A&L Goodbody is internationally recognised as one of Ireland’s leading corporate law firms. Headquartered in Dublin and with offices in Belfast, London, New York, San Francisco and Palo Alto, we advise national and multinational corporations, financial institutions and Government. Led by 105 partners, our firm of c. 800 people has a long-standing history of working closely with the international legal and business community.

Our Responsible Business programme is a fundamental component of our business. We strive to work ethically and sustainably, have minimal impact on our environment and make a real and meaningful contribution in our community.


AIB is a financial services group operating predominantly in the Republic of Ireland and the UK. We provide a comprehensive range of services to personal, business and corporate customers in our target markets and have leading market shares in banking products in the Republic of Ireland. AIB’s business has been restructured in recent years with the aim of becoming a customer focused, profitable and lower risk institution, well positioned to support economic recovery in Ireland while seeking to generate sustainable shareholder returns. Our purpose, as a financial institution, is to back our customers to achieve their dreams and ambitions.


Aldi has been Ireland’s fastest growing supermarket for most of the last ten years, having recently achieved an 11.8% market share. Employing almost 3,500 people, we now operate a network of 137 stores, bringing greater choice and value to shoppers across Ireland.  

At Aldi our people are our most valued resource. We offer our store staff the best pay and benefits in the industry and have been Ireland’s highest paying supermarket for over a decade, with store employees earning up to €14.00 per hour. We are committed to sustainability and to making a real difference in the communities our stores serve. According to RepTrak, Irish shoppers have voted us Ireland’s most reputable supermarket for the last two years.


Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With 459,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives.


We support clients across Northern Europe in creating innovative experiences in Food, Retail, Facilities Management and Property. At Aramark, we focus on enriching and nourishing the lives of millions all across Northern Europe. To us, service excellence isn’t just about providing great customer service. It also means using time-tested practices and proven processes to get it right every day, everywhere, in everything that we do. Our people make all the difference—we make sure of it. Our commitment to hiring, training and rewarding the right people ensures that our employees are more than just hard workers. They’re Service Stars, and that means they can be counted on to go above and beyond, every single day.


Arup is the creative force at the heart of many of the world’s most prominent projects in the built environment. With over 87 offices in 34 countries, Arup has more than 14,000 planners, designers, engineers and consultants delivering innovative projects across the world with creativity and passion.

With an enduring set of values, our unique trust ownership fosters a distinctive culture that encourages collaborative working. The people at Arup are driven to find a better way and to deliver better solutions.


Bank of Ireland’s purpose is to enable our customers, colleagues and communities to thrive. We believe that through inclusion, diversity thrives, and we are committed to strengthening connections within our communities, fostering a culture of inclusion and innovation at all levels, and to increasing the diversity of our workforce to reflect and understand our diverse customer base. We are building a work environment which is fair and welcoming to all by removing barriers to participation, and by enabling career success. We are proud to confirm our commitment to Open Doors, as this pledge fully aligns with Bank of Ireland’s purpose and values.


Cpl is a global provider of talent solutions. Headquartered in Ireland, the Cpl Group employs in excess of 13,000 staff and comprises 22 brands spanning more than 41 offices in over 10 countries. We partner with organisations in every sector, from start-ups to multinationals in order to design and execute the most impactful talent solutions for their business. Cpl’s core goal is to power business growth through people by providing 3 key service offerings:

  • Recruitment
  • Flexible Talent Solutions
  • Strategic Talent Advisory

Coca-Cola in Ireland manufactures, distributes and responsibly markets a full range of some of the world’s leading drinks brands including Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, Diet Coke, Sprite, Fanta, and Schweppes. The Coca-Cola Company’s operations in Ireland include manufacturing, financial, marketing and corporate services located in Dublin, Ballina, Drogheda and Wexford, employing approximately 1,000 people. Coca-Cola Ireland’s primary community initiative is the Coca-Cola Thank You Fund, which has donated almost €1 million to youth programmes in Ireland since it was established in 2011.


Coca-Cola HBC Ireland Ltd and Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland Ltd have been spreading happiness by producing and delivering soft drinks of the highest quality since 1939. We’re a bottling partner of The Coca‑Cola Company and a member of the Coca‑Cola system, the most extensive soft drinks distribution system in the world. Our 750 employees manufacture, distribute and responsibly market our portfolio of 20 brands and 49 products to approximately 9,000 customer accounts across the island of Ireland.


Dalata Hotel Group is Ireland’s largest hotel group employing over 4800 people. We know that our greatest asset is our people and teams within the hotels. To ensure that we have the best people within the business we have designed development programmes with individual needs in mind. We all share a passion and love for great customer care and excellence in service. These traits have underpinned our success. We are a diverse group that enjoys what we do, and has fun whilst doing it. Growing our people and developing careers is of utmost importance to us and is one of our strategic goals.


Dawn Meats is the supplier of choice to a range of leading supermarket, food service and restaurant businesses, exporting to more than 50 countries. It was established in Co. Waterford, Ireland in 1980, and has grown to a business with over €2bn in annual revenue, employing 7,000 staff in eight countries. Dawn Meats has been awarded the Business Working Responsibly mark, is a winner of Ibec’s Environmental Business Process award, Bord Bia and SEAI sustainability awards, Green Awards (2016 and 2018) and a Chambers Ireland CSR award (Environmental Excellence).  Dawn Meats was also awarded gold stars at the Great Taste Awards including a 3-star and Top 50 Foods accolade for the last three years running. Dawn Meats is a member of BITC’s Leaders Group, Bord Bia’s diversity and inclusion task force and the Governments CSR Forum.


DeCare Dental is Ireland’s only specialist dental insurance and oral health company, providing dental insurance products and oral health services to both the corporate and consumer markets.  DeCare has operations in Claremorris, County Mayo and in Dublin, employing over 125 staff with deep experience and clinical knowledge.  DeCare is a subsidiary of Anthem, the largest health benefits provider in the United States and a brand that is recognised for innovation and service and provides service to 50 million medical members. Globally, the Irish team provides service to over 10 million dental members worldwide and has been doing so for close to 20 years. DeCare combines this global strength and experience with local product, service and oral health expertise, assuring members of a friendly, professional and dedicated service at all times.


Deutsche Bank (DB) provides commercial and investment banking, retail banking, transaction banking and asset and wealth management services to companies, governments, institutional investors, SMEs and private individuals globally. DB has operated in Ireland for over 25 years and employs c.600 people in Dublin, which is home to transaction banking, cash management and custody services businesses and where ‘The Hive’ Deutsche Bank’s data analytics centre of excellence is located. DB Ireland prides itself on it’s diverse, multi-cultural workforce and we strive to create highly engaged teams who deliver first class service to our clients. DB Ireland has a 20 year relationship with Dublin Simon Community working in partnership to raise funds and support initiatives to reduce homelessness across Dublin.


Diageo Ireland is the leading premium drinks business and one of the largest and best-performing food and drink exporters in Ireland. Our success is built on a rich Irish heritage.

Our company is sustained through innovation, and we are constantly looking to create new experiences for the tens of millions of customers in 150 countries who enjoy our Irish brands every year. Diageo Ireland employs around 1,200 highly skilled people across our five operations in Ireland, including brewing, production of liqueurs, marketing, sales and commercial support. The wellbeing of our workforce is a key priority for us. We’ve created an environment where employees can thrive professionally, confident in the knowledge the company will support their efforts. Diageo Ireland has won Best Place to Work (2013 and 2014) in the Great Place to Work® competition.


At Dublin Institute of Technology, innovation is our tradition, and we have produced generations of leaders in a range of fields. Our lively City-Centre campuses are home to more than 20,000 students from Ireland and abroad, creating a culturally diverse and stimulating learning and research environment. A comprehensive, dual-sector doctoral-awarding institution, DIT combines the academic excellence of a traditional university with professional, career-oriented learning, preparing graduates for productive leadership roles.

DIT undertakes research that is nationally relevant, internationally competitive and strategically important. Close engagement locally and globally with society and the economy, and collaborative links with a range of world-class companies and academic institutions internationally are essential components in everything DIT does.


e-Frontiers was founded in 2006 with all three founding members – Brendan Carroll, Vincent Blake, Paddy Doyle – steeped in careers from consultancy, software development and data. Combining this IT knowledge with excellent recruiters and recruitment processes, e-Frontiers successfully developed a specialist IT recruitment offering. We have a strong team of consultants with operations in Dublin, Madrid, London, New York and Bucharest, providing a broad base of personnel and client companies. Catering for both Contract and Permanent resources, we provide a professional service, not a transactional, commodity-based service. We pride ourselves on only sending customers properly-assessed candidates. We can stand over this differentiation because we have first-hand IT knowledge and Business experience.


Electricity Supply Board (ESB) was established in 1927 as a statutory corporation in the Republic of Ireland under the Electricity (Supply) Act 1927. With a holding of 95%, ESB is majority owned by the Irish Government with the remaining 5% held by the trustees of an Employee Share Ownership Plan.  

As a strong, diversified, vertically integrated utility, ESB operates right across the electricity market: from generation, through transmission and distribution to supply. In addition, ESB extracts further value at certain points along this chain: supplying gas, using our networks to carry fibre for telecommunications, developing electric vehicle public charging infrastructure and more.

ESB is a leading Irish utility focused on providing excellent customer service and maintaining our financial strength. We have a regulated asset base of approximately €9 billion with 43% of electricity generation capacity in the all-island market. We currently supply electricity to approximately 1.4 million customers throughout the island of Ireland. ESB Group employs approximately 7,000 people.

Our mission is to bring sustainable and competitive energy solutions to all customers and our vision is to be Ireland’s foremost energy company competing successfully in the all-island market.


eir is the principal provider of fixed-line and mobile telecommunications services in Ireland with approximately 2 million customers. The company has the most extensive telecommunications network in Ireland both in terms of capacity and geographic reach. The Group provides a comprehensive range of advanced voice, data, broadband and TV services to the residential, small business, enterprise and government markets. Our mobile division operates under the eir Mobile brand. In addition, our wholesale division, open eir, is the largest wholesale operator in Ireland, providing products and services, across a range of regulated and unregulated markets.‍


Enterprise Rent-A-Car is part of St. Louis-based Enterprise Holdings. In its fiscal year 2017, Enterprise Holdings recorded $22.3 billion in revenue and employed 100,000 people through its network of independent regional subsidiaries. In Ireland, Enterprise Rent-A-Car offers daily rental for private and business use as well as replacement vehicles for the insurance sector. The company began operations here in 1997 and now operates more than 25 locations across the country.  The Enterprise Rent-A-Car culture is built on a set of founding values that help build relationships with customers, communities, and partners. The Enterprise Management Training programme is repeatedly recognised as a great way to launch a career.


Grant Thornton is Ireland’s fastest growing professional services firm. With over 1,350 people in 7 offices across Ireland and 53,000 located in over 130 countries around the world, we bring you the local knowledge, national expertise and global presence to help you and your business succeed – wherever you’re located. We deliver solutions to all business challenges. Clients choose us because the breadth of financial and business services they need is available, delivered innovatively and always to the highest standards. At Grant Thornton we are committed to long term relationships.

Grant Thornton operate from offices in Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Galway, Kildare, Limerick and Longford.


Hays is the leading global expert in qualified, professional and skilled recruitment. Our 11,000 employees around the world, partner with clients and candidates to power the world of work.

Every day our expert consultants help thousands of candidates find their next role, and help clients reshape workforces and deal with talent shortages. Last year we placed 77,000 people in permanent jobs and 244,000 people into temporary roles.

We have a business with scale, breadth and diversity of exposure, designed to take into account the megatrends driving change in our industry, as well as the short-term market movements we experience.

We are underpinned by the great people that work for us. Through our world renowned training programmes we endeavour to make our employees the best that they can be, as well as creating environments that allow us to bring our whole selves to work.


Hilton Garden Inn Dublin Custom House is the first and only Hilton Garden Inn in Ireland. We pride ourselves on providing a quality focussed service to our guests.

The hotel is part of the Amaris Hospitality group. Amaris Hospitality is a leading hotel investment and management company. We currently manage a portfolio of 30 hotels in the UK and Ireland trading under prestigious, international brands such as Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, DoubleTree by Hilton, Mercure and Ibis Styles. We currently employ over 2500 staff.

Amaris Hospitality was established in 2015 and we have a proven track record in delivering operational excellence, exceptional customer experiences and superior performance through people development, active management and smart investment.


IDA Ireland is Ireland’s inward Investment Promotion and Development Agency. The agency partners with overseas companies to secure new investment in Ireland and collaborates to assist companies expand their existing footprint in Ireland.

IDA Ireland works with a portfolio of over 1400 overseas company operations in Ireland across a myriad of industry sectors from Technology, Life Sciences, International Services and Financial services. Today 16 of the world’s top 20 Software companies, all of the top 10 Pharmaceutical companies and 20 of the world’s top 25 Financial Services companies have established operations in Ireland.

These companies employ more than 229,000 people in Ireland, the highest level on record.

How we help?

IDA Ireland offers comprehensive pro bono support for companies and partners with them as they begin to consider how Ireland is the country best suited to their investment.

During the investigation phase, here’s how we help:

  • Hosted Site Visits – great locations where companies can set up and succeed
  • Tailored Networking Sessions – listen, learn, question - and find the solutions
  • Information Gathering –  we are the source of market information

Icon Accounting is the leading Irish provider of Limited Company solutions and taxation services to Professional Contractors in the areas of IT, Pharma, Engineering, Life Science and Banking.

As a service provider, we recognise the historical barriers to self- employment and the importance to deliver transparency on all taxation, coupled with smart technology and a dedicated focused team.

Our people are at the core of everything we do as we constantly strive to deliver exceptional customer service and a distinct client experience which goes beyond the remit of traditional tax and accountancy.


From humble beginnings in 1972, as a dairy cooperative in Listowel, Kerry Group has grown to become the world’s leading taste and nutrition company, serving the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries. Our consumer foods division, Kerry Foods, is also a leading consumer foods processor and supplier in selected EU markets. With customers in over 140 countries worldwide, Kerry has grown to become a highly successful public company, employing over 25,000 people worldwide.


Liferay makes software that helps companies create digital experiences on web, mobile and connected devices. Our platform is open source, which makes it more reliable, innovative and secure. We try to leave a positive mark on the world by building a vibrant business, making technology useful, and investing in communities, so that we make it possible for people to reach their full potential to serve others.

Hundreds of organizations in financial services, healthcare, government, insurance, retail, manufacturing and multiple other industries use Liferay.


The Mercantile Group is one of Ireland’s leading hospitality groups with a diverse number of brands operating under its umbrella to include bars, restaurants, venues and a hotel.

We’re committed to the development of our 500 employees who are passionate and driven about hospitality, and who also bring an exceptional skill set to each of our venues. First rate customer service is at the heart of we do with regular training programs, wellness seminars and team building activities in place to ensure that any customer who steps into our venues, leave with their expectations more than exceeded each and every time.


At Mercer, diversity goes beyond our physical differences but focuses on creating an environment of inclusion in which we achieve strategic advantages from cultivating and incorporating a wide variety of perspectives and approaches. Mercer is committed to creating a more diverse and inclusive work environment for employees from social groups under represented in the Irish workforce based on their race, sexual orientation, disabilities, and economically disadvantaged backgrounds and to facilitate the attraction, development, retention and success of these individuals.


Momentum Support was established in 1982. Employing in excess of 2,500 people, we deliver more than 3 million hours of service per annum. Momentum provides award-winning Soft Services to businesses and organisations based in UK and Ireland. Our emphasis on the daily use of our externally audited Quality Management system has allowed us to grow organically at a fast pace, delivering a consistently high standard of service to all our customers. We ensure we always recruit the right person for the job and that all employees understand implement and maintain correct standards of service delivery as required to exceed customer expectations. Anyone who wears the Momentum uniform wears it with pride and is committed to every client they serve.


PayPal is an online payments company that employs over 2,000 people in Ireland. It has operation sites in both Dublin and Dundalk. Fueled by a fundamental belief that having access to financial services creates opportunity, PayPal is committed to democratising financial services and empowering people and businesses to join and thrive in the global economy. Through it’s open digital payments platform, PayPal’s 277 million active account holders the confidence to connect and transact in new and powerful ways, whether they are online, on a mobile device, in an app, or in person.

At the heart of PayPal is a strong ethos of Diversity & Inclusion.  Being involved in the Open Doors initiative is a natural partnership for us, with the intention of supporting people move into a working environment where their contributions are valued.


Salesforce is the global leader in customer relationship management (CRM), bringing companies closer to their customers in the digital age. Founded in 1999, Salesforce enables companies of every size and industry to take advantage of powerful technologies—cloud, mobile, social, internet of things, and artificial intelligence—to connect to their customers in a whole new way.

The Salesforce Customer Success Platform includes industry-leading services spanning sales, service, marketing, commerce, and across every customer touchpoint. Salesforce will power more than 2 trillion B2B and B2C transactions this year for more than 150,000 companies and millions of Trailblazers--the individuals and their organizations who are using Salesforce to drive innovation, grow their careers and transform their businesses.

Salesforce is committed to a set of core values—trust, customer success, innovation, and equality of every human being. The company is ranked #1 on Fortune’s World's Best Workplaces list, and Forbes has ranked the company one of the world's most innovative companies for eight years in a row.

Salesforce is #285 out of the Fortune 500 (2018). Salesforce is headquartered in San Francisco with 30,000 employees globally, and is publicly listed on the New York Stock Exchange as CRM (2004).


Sodexo in Ireland is part of the French-owned global Sodexo Group, the world’s largest services company. Established in 1966, it now employs 427,000 people in 80 countries. Its operations in Ireland and Northern Ireland employ 3,700 people in 230 locations.  Sodexo delivers a variety of services that improve the quality of life to clients in business and industry, education, financial, pharma, healthcare and government.  It was a founding signatory of Ireland’s first Diversity Charter. Country president Margot Slattery has been influential in promoting and championing LGBT equality and has won numerous awards and accolades for her role in promoting diversity and inclusion. Sodexo has been awarded the Business Working Responsibly Mark and has attained the Excellence Through People: Gold standard. In 2018 it was voted a ‘Best Large Workplace in Ireland’ by the Great Places to Work Institute.


Wilson Hartnell (WH) is the largest and one of the longest established communications agencies in Ireland with a proud reputation of delivering best in class work time after time.

Wilson Hartnell continues to attract talented, enthusiastic and committed people who embody our ethos; people who create, innovate and who always take the time to deliver insight-led communication strategies for our clients.

Wilson Hartnell represents a wide spectrum of Irish and international companies and brands that have an impact on every aspect of our lives. WH is part of the Ogilvy family, and drawing on its creative heritage and international network, we also manage global communications programmes for clients from the heart of Dublin city.