Technology giant Microsoft is expected to create 500 jobs at its new inside sales centre in Dublin, with a further 100 positions emerging across existing operations in their Sandyford offices.
Inside sales is the process of selling remotely by phone or online, and is a model favoured by many technology firms.
The new Microsoft employees in the sales centre will sell the company’s software and services to customers in the EMEA region.
Microsoft has been in Ireland since 1985 when it opened a small manufacturing facility employing 100 people. Over the years it has expanded operations to encompass four divisions which employ over 2,000 staff at its campus in Sandyford, Co Dublin.
The four Irish divisions include a sales, marketing and services unit, an operations centre providing support activities across 85 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and a development centre which is focused on engineering and localisation.
Hiring for the new roles is to begin immediately, and the positions will be filled over the next six months. The 100 further positions that are also being created across Microsoft’s other operations include roles in finance, operations and engineering.
“The team in Ireland has a long track record of helping the company to deliver against its vision and strategy and now there are opportunities for 600 more individuals to play their part in making the vision a reality,” said Microsoft Ireland managing director Cathriona Hallahan.
A new €134m campus is currently being built by the company in South County Business Park in Leopardstown and is nearing completion.
Today’s announcement will be officially made at an event at the company’s Sandyford offices later this morning which will be attended by the Taoiseach, Minister for Jobs and IDA chief executive.