German business software group SAP AG is to hire 250 more people at its Irish operations.
SAP, the world's biggest maker of business software, said it would add to the 1,200 workers employed at its Dublin and Galway sites through an investment of 110 million euros. This follows announcements from Apple and Ebay's PayPal to add jobs in Ireland.
Irish unemployment has stayed above 14 per cent for almost two years and is forecast to fall to just 11.7 per cent by 2015 even though employment rose for the first time in four years in the final quarter of last year.
Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny said: “The decision by SAP to create 250 new, high-quality jobs in Dublin and Galway is most welcome news and contributes to Ireland's growing reputation as a global hub for the digital industry.”