A leading US software firm has announced plans to create 150 jobs in Cork.
Quest Software will set up an international shared services centre in the city to build the firm's growth worldwide. Jobs in finance, software renewals, inside sales and software development will be based at Citygate in Mahon, which is expected to open this month.
Enterprise Minister Batt O'Keeffe said the new jobs, which were supported by the Government through IDA Ireland, were strategically important for the country's information communications technology (ICT) sector.
He added: "Eight of the world's top 10 technology firms are based in Ireland and Quest Software's move to choose Cork for the international shared services centre following a global evaluation of sites shows that we have the local talent pool, infrastructure and business environment to draw hi-tech investments.
"Already, Cork has a vibrant ICT sector, with about 8,000 hi-tech workers employed by IDA Ireland client firms in the county, so the announcement strengthens our value proposition to the global investor community."
Quest Software, which was established in 1987, is headquartered in California and has a sales office in Dublin. The firm, which develops enterprise systems and network management software for businesses, employs about 3,400 workers worldwide.
Doug Garn, president and chief executive of Quest Software, said Ireland was chosen for the new centre due to the significant presence of other software technology companies, high-quality infrastructure, availability of experienced and highly-qualified professionals, multilingual talent and pro-business environment.
"After a strategic review of our international operations, it was clear we could best position ourselves for future growth by centralising key aspects of our international business activities to better serve our customers and increase operational efficiency," he said.
IDA Ireland chief executive Barry O'Leary said IDA Ireland has to vigorously compete for the most sought-after investments, adding that the Quest move was the result of many years of discussion with the company.
"It is our ability to attract leading-edge global companies and encourage the addition of core activities within our existing companies that will continue to place Ireland ahead of the competition," he said.