Internet company eBay, which has its European headquarters in Dublin, is to increase its workforce here by more than one third.

The company, which established in Ireland in 2003, says it is to employ a further 300 people in an expansion of its operations here. It already has an Irish workforce of 900.

The on-line auction site eBay is one of the best known brands on the Internet with more than 180 million users and almost 80 million items to bid on at any one time.

When the company opened its European headquarters in Blanchardstown in West Dublin in 2003, it was a major win for IDA Ireland in its efforts to bring household name web companies here.

The following year, eBay's European Customer Support Centre was opened. This brought employment at the company and its secure internet payments affiliate, Paypal to more than 900.

Unusually in the multinational sector, today's jobs announcement is not being grant supported by IDA Ireland.

Hiring at eBay will begin immediately with positions being offered to graduates and non-graduates with foreign languages. There will be jobs in customer support and financial processing as well as in finance, compliance and senior management.

The company is promising generous salaries and stock options. Many of the new employees will work at a new building eBay has just leased in Blanchardstown.
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