Accountancy and consulting firm PwC plans to hire more than 500 people next year as part of a campaign to lure Irish talent home from abroad.
The positions include 200 requiring professional qualifications. The company said the jobs are in response to a significant increase in client demand.
The jobs are in areas like assurance, technology, digital, data analytics, cybersecurity, financial effectiveness, regulatory compliance, risk management, deals, and international tax, as well as financial services and fund administration.
PwC Ireland senior partner Feargal O’Rourke said the company was determined to try and entice the best and brightest working abroad to consider coming home.
“We have ambitious growth plans for 2016 and beyond,” Mr O’Rourke.
“And as Ireland’s market leading firm, helping our clients further expand their businesses, we’re also aiming to attract specialised skills to come home.
“Ireland is a great place to work and live and, with our growth potential, now is an exciting time for people based internationally to consider a career at home with PwC.”
Technology giant Microsoft has also confirmed it is to hire more than 100 experienced professionals and graduates, and an additional 60 interns for a diverse range of positions across all its divisions.
The company is recruiting people for a range of positions, including service, process and software engineers, data analytics experts, program managers, finance experts, channel and technical account management, device demand planners, supply chain experts, operations, and sales and marketing roles.
All of the positions are in Microsoft Ireland’s EMEA operations centre, European Development Centre and sales business, and are based in Dublin. Recruitment for these positions has already commenced.
Microsoft Ireland managing director Cathriona Hallahan said the jobs would let people work at the centre of the global hub for much of what Microsoft does.
“We’re delighted to offer this opportunity to 160 talented people to join Microsoft,” she said. “Our new colleagues will have an opportunity to influence how this vision is delivered for customers across the globe.”
“Microsoft in Ireland is a global hub for many parts of our operations and development teams.
“That means that there are great career opportunities for people — many of whom will have a European or global role while being based in Dublin.”
Microsoft is celebrating its 30th year in operation in Ireland this year.