US-based Enterprise Rent-A-Car is recruiting up to 55 full and part-time staff in a drive that will boost its overall employee numbers in Ireland by a third.
The company said it would hire the 40 graduates "in the next few months" and also fill an additional 15 part-time positions. It is also seeking 30 people to fill intern posts.
Enterprise already employs 120 full-time staff in Ireland as well as 50 part-timers.
The full-time employees will take part in the company's graduate management training programme, giving them hands-on experience of the operation from the ground up. Graduates are accepted from any discipline.
George O'Connor, the managing director of the company in Ireland, said that when the firm started here 16 years ago there were just two staff members and 10 vehicles.
He said he was "delighted" that the company was now continuing its expansion, having recorded year-on-year growth since it entered the market in Ireland. It has 22 branches here.
"We now have over 3,000 cars and vans on the road and we will employ 160 people by the end of the year in a full-time capacity," he said.
"The business and the country has changed a lot in the last 16 years and Enterprise has listened to its customers and continued to be flexible, and in doing so has survived and grown through the recession," he added.
Mr O'Connor said that demand for its commercial fleet remained strong.