Almost 170 jobs are to be provided at an international health insurance company and an optician in Dublin.

Allianz Worldwide Care has said 130 new positions will be based at the company's headquarters in Park West.

The firm is looking to fill a variety of roles relating to claims, helplines, client services, finance, marketing and project management.

The Dublin-based opticians, Opticks, also announced that they are to generate 40 new jobs as part of an expansion programme.

IBEC survey finds companies planning to hire

Meanwhile, a survey by the employers' group IBEC indicates that one in four Irish companies is planning to hire new staff.

The IBEC Business Sentiment Report also suggests that half of all companies had no plans to change staff levels, which it said shows a more positive outlook than when the report began in 2009.

On the issue of exports, the latest survey recorded a significantly improved performance because Irish businesses were winning new customers.

Companies also had high expectations of further growth in the area.

The survey found that companies in medical devices and hospitality sectors have the most positive outlooks while retailers are the most negative.

It also found that sectors with a high concentration of multinational firms had a more positive outlook on the business environment than others.

IBEC's Business Sentiment Report is a quarterly survey of over 400 manufacturing and services firms which are members of the confederation.