German tech firm to create 75 new jobs
GERMAN software company SQS is to expand its presence in Ireland and create 75 jobs over the coming three years.
The company already employs more than 200 people across its Dublin and Belfast operations and is planning to take on up to 30 skilled positions before the end of the year.
The jobs are high-end specialist roles encompassing software quality engineers, software testing managers, business analysts, performance engineers and software test analysts.
Dik Vos, SQS chief executive, said the recruitment of the skilled positions remained a challenge.
"However working closely with Ireland's third-level colleges and initiatives such as the SQS Graduate In-Take Programme have proved very successful and will remain a key part of our recruitment strategy, providing valuable training and investment in developing key skillsets to support businesses in the Irish economy to the required SQS quality standards."
Coinciding with the announcement, the company has moved to a new expanded 4,000 sq ft modern office in Dublin's technology hub in the docklands area of the city.
Headquartered in Cologne, Germany, the company employs about 2,400 staff and has a presence in the UK, Germany and subsidiaries across the world.
It has its primary listing on the AIM, the Alternative Investment Market, in London and also trades shares in Frankfurt.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the expansion was another encouraging sign of the rise of Dublin's digital docklands.
"The growth of SQS is an example of how the IT and digital sector can play an important role in job creation and, through the Action Plan for Jobs, the Government is determined to continue creating the conditions to support the growth of the digital economy," he said.
"I would like to commend the company for the contribution it is making through its graduate programme and its work in building links with Irish third-level colleges."