Virtu Financial is to create 30 new jobs in Dublin at its newly-opened European headquarters.

The New York-based company, which specialises in electronic trading and market making on financial markets, said it was consolidating all of its European operations into its Irish offices.

The company is already recruiting highly-skilled staff for the new jobs, in the fields of mathematics, computer science and other sciences.

Vincent Viola, founder and chairman of Virtu said that Dublin was selected because of the talent pool available in the country.

“We have further expanded our business in Ireland because of the success we have had doing business in Ireland,” he said.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who attended the announcement, said it was “extremely welcome news” and a “vote of confidence in Ireland's pro-business environment and our talented and flexible workforce”.

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton said Virtu’s announcement was a “welcome boost for employment in Ireland”.