High-speed global connectivity provider Perseus Telecom is among eight companies that are to create 400 new jobs in Ireland.
The jobs will be located in Dublin, Cork and Galway, and are in areas including software development, telecommunications and social media.
The news was announced by Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Jobs Minister Richard Bruton at a press conference in Dublin yesterday.
“I told the Dublin Web Summit that Ireland is one of the most exciting places in the world to build the enterprises of tomorrow and I’m delighted to welcome eight exciting and vibrant companies to Ireland to do just that,” Mr Kenny said.
“The creation of 400 new jobs by these digital pioneers is fantastic news for Ireland and further adds to our reputation as a location for emerging companies,” he added.
Mr Bruton said Ireland is increasingly being seen as a hub for international start-ups and fast-growing emerging businesses.
“In recent years we have specifically targeted businesses in this area...and we have put in place a range of measures to make it more attractive for these companies to locate their fast-growing operations here,” Mr Bruton said.
“In recent years we have seen an impressive jobs performance in this area,” he added.
Perseus is to open a network operations centre in Galway that will create 25 jobs. The firm is already recruiting engineers, software developers and projects managers.
Digital sales and marketing firm N3 Results will create the highest number of jobs - at least 100. Those roles will be created at N3’s Dublin office over the next three to five years.
N3 chief executive Jeff Laue said Ireland is “the gateway to Europe”.
“Our growth there is representative of the explosion in the global market...the availability of a highly educated workforce with multiple language skills coupled with such a favorable climate for conducting business makes Dublin an ideal city for us to grow and thrive in,” Mr Laue said.
IDA chief executive Martin Shanahan said that since 2010 more than 100 high-growth global companies have set up in Ireland with the support of the IDA.
“Their primary aims are to scale and internationalise their operations,” Mr Shanahan said.
In Cork, 70 jobs will be created by IT company Simplivity when it establishes a new service and support centre for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
Social media management company Sprout Social will deliver 85 new jobs when it opens a second office in Dublin to support a growing customer base in EMEA.
“Europe is already a large and important market for Sprout,” the firm’s founder and chief executive Justyn Howard said.
“The Ireland operation will enable us to more effectively serve and grow business in that region as well as act as the cornerstone of future international operations.”