Ireland has been ranked as the number one destination globally for jobs created by inward investment, a new report shows.

IBM's 2010 global location trends report says that Ireland ranks ahead of other foreign direct investment locations including Singapore, Hungary and the Czech Republic.

The survey also shows that Ireland has moved one place higher to ninth on a worldwide basis for estimated total jobs in research and development - ahead of Hungary, Singapore and Brazil.

The country is also 10th for total jobs in business support services, ahead of France, Canada and Singapore. Dublin moved up to 15th place in the list of cities by number of investment projects. It was not included in the top 20 list last year.

'The ranking of global top performers brings countries forward with strong economic development programmes and organisations,' commented IBM's Roel Spee.

'Ireland is a perfect example where such efforts are well organised and recognised as valuable by foreign investors already present in the country and those interested to come. The results as in this year's ranking speak for themselves,' he added.

IDA Ireland's chief executive Barry O'Leary said the survey injects renewed confidence in Ireland's reputation as a leading location for foreign direct investment.

New research shows positive sentiment to Ireland

A separate survey shows that almost 72% of Integra International members would recommend Ireland as a location for investment. Integra is the global association of independent accounting and financial consulting firms. The group is in Dublin today for its global conference.

Over 200 delegates who advise up to 40,000 businesses around the world are attending today's conference.

Irish chartered accounts - and an Integra member - Hughes Blake carried out research which also indicates that 55% of businesses surveyed do not believe that Ireland's reputation has suffered any more than other countries.

When asked about what areas Ireland should focus on to increase its attractiveness to investments, commitment to a low corporation tax rate was top at 30%. Those taking part in the survey said that openness and ease of business was the second area of focus at 28.5%, while driving competitiveness and an educated work force was in joint third place at 20.8%.

Neil Hughes, managing director of Hughes Blake, said the conference's aim is to communicate to an international audience of advisors and investors, that Ireland is an ideal location for foreign direct investment.