Financial services firm EY is to create 270 new jobs and open two new offices in Dublin and Galway as part of a major expansion in Ireland.
EY is committing to recruiting 220 new experiences hires as well as increasing its annual graduate intake from 200 to 250 across its seven offices.
The average salaries for the experienced hires are to average in excess of €50,000 per year.
The company said high demand for services such as data analytics, fraud investigation, and disruption services is driving its Irish growth.
The new jobs, which will add to the company's total headcount of 1,800, are based across the areas of accounting, finance, engineering, IT, consultancy and business.
EY managing partner Mike McKerr said the firm needs to find the right mix of talent to meet its clients' demands.
"We are recruiting professionals at all levels, from graduates through to directors and partners, with the type of sector specific experience which will allow us to provide clients with the insight and advice they need to protect and grow their businesses and customer base”.
Jobs minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor said EY's announcement was a "true mark of confidence in the Irish economy".
"The fact that these jobs will be spread across EY's offices in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Waterford and Galway is very welcome news as one of my priorities as Minister is to ensure employment growth across the regions. Only a strong economy supporting people at work can pay for services needed to create a fair society."
The new hires will be based across EY’s seven offices in Ireland, including its new and now fully operational offices, located in the Station Building, Harcourt Street, Dublin 2 and Eyre Square in Galway city.
In addition to hiring 25 people for its new Galway office, EY will also increase its footprint in Limerick, where it currently employs over 50 people, having just signed the lease on a new office space in the city which can accommodate up to 100 people.