Microsoft is to create 200 new jobs at its Inside Sales organisation in Dublin.
The roles will be in the area of technical and solutions sales specialists.
In addition the company is recruiting people with language capabilities and leadership experience.
The new roles are in addition to the 500 jobs created by Microsoft at the Inside Sales organisation in February this year, 80pc of which have been filled.
The Inside Sales Centre, which serves customers in over 30 different languages, enables sellers to leverage technology platforms and analytics to better meet customer needs.
Once this second phase of recruitment is complete, it will bring Microsoft’s overall employee numbers in Ireland to 2,000.
"The continued contribution of the Dublin-based Inside Sales team to the company at a global level ensures that we are in a strong position when we seek to attract further investment to Ireland,” Cathriona Hallahan, MD of Microsoft Ireland, said.
Recruitment is underway for the 200 new positions, with the intention to have all 700 new hires employed before the end of this calendar year.
The announcement was welcomed by An Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald, who said that it demonstrated the opportunities that can be created for Ireland from existing employers and investors, as well as illustrating that the talent is available in Ireland for these types of jobs and for employers.
"I am confident that Microsoft will be able to source the talent necessary, as a result of the Government's commitment to pursuing skills availability for our high technology industries. I wish them continued success as it deepens its commitment even further in Ireland," Minister Fitzgerald said.
The news was also welcomed by IDA Ireland CEO Martin Shanahan, who said that it demonstrated the availability of highly–skilled technical and sales talent available in the region,
"Ireland is a global technology hub of choice when it comes to attracting the strategic business activities of ICT companies and Microsoft’s ongoing expansion in Dublin is a clear endorsement of this," Mr Shanahan said.
The news brings the number of new jobs for Ireland announced so far this week to over 700.
Yesterday IDA-client Fidelity International announced that it is to create 250 new jobs in Ireland. Meanwhile on Tuesday, Stats, the American Sports data and intelligence giant, said that it was creating 100 jobs in Limerick, while on Monday IT company Veritas Technologies announced the creation of 250 jobs in north-west Dublin.
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