SouthWestern is to create 260 jobs at its base in Clonakilty in Co. Cork. The outsourcing and HR firm says it is to begin hiring for 100 roles immediately with an additional 160 jobs coming on-stream over the next two years.
SouthWestern is an Irish-owned firm with offices in the UK and Poland as well as its headquarters in Clonakilty.
The new jobs will bring its workforce here up to 1,100.
The formal announcement was made by the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney. Minister Coveney said the expansion was a hugely positive development not just for the company, but for the Cork region as a whole.
"SouthWestern is one of the country’s leading outsourcing companies and from its base in Clonakilty, this Irish company has continued to expand the size and scope of its operations" he said.
"Companies in Little Island have access to a talented workforce, to high spec and attractive offices and enjoy easy access to an excellent communication and transportation network. These are key attributes for dynamic companies like SouthWestern and will no doubt assist its continued success and expansion" he added.
SouthWestern’s clients include, Bord Gáis Energy, the Private Residential Tenancies Board, Independent News & Media, the Department of Agriculture as well as several other local government and public sector organisations.
SouthWestern Chairman Neil O'Leary said the increasing demand for business services in Ireland and internationally was good news for SouthWestern.
"We are very excited by SouthWestern’s growth prospects and by the opportunities which we believe will fuel further expansion for the company. Building strong relationships in the areas in which we are based is extremely important to SouthWestern. Cork is developing as a hub for the outsourcing sector and we are delighted to play our part, through our expansion here in Little Island in strengthening its position in that regard" Mr. O'Leary said.
Meanwhile, over 300 positions are being created elsewhere in the Southern region, with the announcement that dozens of food business start-ups are to recruit.