A customer care centre in Waterford City is to increase its workforce by 200 staff over the next two years.

Emerald Contact Centre, which provides customer and sales support for a range of international financial, health and travel publications, opened new offices today at Waterford Business Park.

The company employs 140 staff at the moment and the new jobs will include customer support roles for agents with international languages such as Spanish, Portuguese, German, and French, along with English.

The jobs are backed by the Government through IDA Ireland and the initial 50 new employees should be in place by the end of this year.

Emerald Contact Centre launched in Waterford in 2015 and is moving into new premises at Confederation House.

An official ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by a number of invited guests, including local TD and Minister for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development John Halligan.

Director of Emerald Contact Centre Emer Prendergast said the company's new Waterford home "allows us to offer our employees a bright and inspiring working environment".

The company's president Roseann Miller said the announcement of 200 additional jobs is "a testament to the calibre of people and skill set we have found here in the southeast".

IDA Ireland divisional head of regional development Denis Curran described the news as "a terrific announcement for Waterford and the southeast region", which demonstrates a commitment from Emerald to the region.

Minister Halligan said the Government is "fully committed to regional development and ensuring every region benefits from employment gains," with the southeast an attractive location for investors.