Software quality testing company, SQS, have announced they are to take control of a majority stake in Indian software specialist Thinksoft.  Thinksoft is a popular software quality specialist that is very popular among companies in the financial services sector.

There is good news on the job front from the SQS share purchase, as the company currently employs 200 people in Ireland.  The company announced an additional 75 jobs are to be created over the next three years following an expansion of its operations in Ireland.

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  • More than 600 opportunities will be available every year
  • Plus they will be offering 300 paid work experience placements
  • Roles offered will be offered right across our business and at all levels – from operators on the factory floor to field sales assistants and business management.

This is part of Nestlé European Youth Employment Initiative - helping at least 20,000 people across Europe under the age of 30 find employment by 2016

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A Dublin-based IT service firm is to expand its operations, creating 25 new jobs. Qualcom is to open a Belfast office with 12 new positions, while the company says that it has recently hired 10 new people in its Dublin office with more to come by next summer.

"We have just opened a shared operations and network operations centre in Dublin. Most administrative and remote support for UK customers will be based here, with sales and engineering visits provided from our Belfast offices.

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Microsoft creates 95 jobs in Dublin

Technology giant Microsoft is creating 95 jobs at its Dublin-based operations in sales, operations and software development on the back of an expansion. More specifically, the company is recruiting for 30 software development jobs, and is seeking graduates to fill 35 new roles. A further 30 people are already being recruited for jobs in sales and for Microsoft's EMEA operations centre.

Microsoft's Application Media and Publishing (AMP) Group is recruiting developers who develop and test software, as well as program managers, who will be involved in building an online sports experience. The people who come on stream in these jobs will focus on creating and building a scalable infrastructure, and relevant personalised experiences for consumers to enjoy across every device, on the web or via an app.

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Brandtone investing €2m in R&D and creating 29 jobs

Dublin-based mobile marketing company Brandtone is investing over €2m in a research and development (R&D) programme which will mean the creation of 29 jobs. Supported by Enterprise Ireland, the investment is intended to drive Brandtone’s growth in emerging markets and will bring its global workforce to 79 by the end of 2014.

The new investment programme involves a team of technologists and marketeers working collaboratively to develop Brandtone’s next generation of products and services.

These will capitalise on the increasing availability of smartphones in developing and emerging markets, and will draw on the latest advances in behavioural science to provide a more personalised and engaging experience for consumers.

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New Jobs Boost For Swords

There was some excellent news on the jobs front this week, with the announcement that The Wright Bar Group is to invest in developing two  new venues in Swords. This new investment is expected to create 100 new jobs.

The Wright Group, which has a chain of nine bars and restaurants and one nightclub, already employs over 350 people,. including the Wright Venue in Airside Retail Park in Swords, as well as businesses in Swords and Malahide. The company will invest €800,000 in developing two new businesses.

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BT go for growth as new Belfast contact centre will create 165 jobs

Over 160 new full-time contact centre jobs have been created by BT in Belfast to work on campaigns and operations across the UK.

The 165 staff, who will be employed on fixed-term contracts, will be paid around £18,000 at the company's second 'BT Flex customer contact centre'. They join 100 existing staff who are already working at the company's existing Flex centre at its headquarters in the BT Tower.

BT said the recruits will work "across any part of BT that requires additional resource for short-term campaigns". A spokeswoman said they will be on fixed-term contracts but could later be made permanent.

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Dublin cloud software company to create 20 jobs after raising €1.5m

Dublin-based software company GeoPal Solutions is to create 20 new jobs by the end of 2014 after raising €1.5m in seed funding.  The investment came from the Enterprise Ireland High Potential Start Up (HPSU) fund, and private investors, to support the international expansion of the business to the US, UK, South Africa, and Asia.

The company has developed a cloud service and mobile application for mobile workforce management that improves productivity and reduces administration costs for businesses that need to manage a field-based mobile workforce.

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Sage Pay to create 15 new jobs in Dublin

Payment solutions provider Sage Pay is to create 15 new jobs at its Irish headquarters in Dublin over the next year in the areas of sales, customer services, marketing, software development and IT services.

Currently employing 50 people in Ireland, Sage Pay’s clients include AIB, Clerys, Topaz and McCabe’s Pharmacy. “The new roles are part of the on-going investment in our Irish operations to support our growing local business and the broader opportunities within Sage Pay Europe," said Sean Wilson, managing director of Sage Pay Ireland.

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Digital cinema player AAM to create 20 jobs in Cork

Arts Alliance Media (AAM), one of the world’s major providers of digital cinema players, is to create 20 new jobs in Cork with the establishment of a Software Development Operation.

London-headquartered AAM develops software for cinemas to import content, encode films and manage advertising. As well as this, AAM provides other services, including installation, maintenance and support for cinemas who wish to convert from 35mm to digital.

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