Enterprise Ireland is to launch a new web-based aimed at filling 1500 vacancies in the IT industry.

Jim Cuddy, Enterprise Software Manager with Enterprise Ireland said the jobs were in Irish owned software companies and were aimed at software professionals.

The vacancies are from graduate to director level. There's a skills shortage right across the software industry in Europe.

'IT'sHappeningHere.ie enables companies with much smaller brands than Google or Facebook to compete on equal terms in the recruitment stakes.' Jim Cuddy said.

An aggressive marketing campaign is underway to drive potential applicants to the site.

'The campaign is more than a website - it's about branding the companies. We've put together collateral and overseas recruitment missions to find people abroad', according to Jim Cuddy.

'Our job is to match the people with the companies and they take it from there.'

IT's Happening Here will be launched by footballer turned entrepreneur Niall Quinn today.