German firm SQS, which is listed on the London stock exchange and employs 200 people in Dublin and Belfast, is to create another 75 jobs as it expands its Irish operations.

The software quality specialist says 50 of the new positions will be based in Dublin and 25 in Belfast. It wants to recruit for 30 of those positions before the end of the year.

The new jobs are high end specialist roles and include software quality engineers, software testing managers, business analysts, performance engineers and software test analysts.

The company has been in Ireland since 2002.

Coinciding with the jobs announcement, the company has also moved to new expanded office facilities in Dublin's technology centre in the Docklands.

''Our continued expansion in Ireland is a strong reflection of the growth of the IT industry and the increasingly important role that independent software testing and quality control plays in the successful rollout and ongoing operations of IT systems,'' commented the company's chief executive Dik Vos.

While the CEO said there was no doubt that recruitment of such specialist roles remains a challenge, he added that working closely with the country's third level colleges and initiatives such as the SQS Graduate In-Take Programme, have proved very successful.

He said such measures will remain a key part of the company's recruitment strategy, ''providing valuable training and investment in developing key skillsets to support businesses in the Irish economy to the required SQS quality standards''.