US software company KEMP Technologies has said it will create 50 jobs in its European headquarters in Limerick over the next three years.

It will bring its workforce there to 80 people. KEMP will carry out research and development, serve its customers and locate marketing and quality assurance roles in Limerick.

The investment is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.

KEMP's clients include Audi, Hyundai, McMillan Cancer Research, the English FA and RTÉ. 

The company is one of the leaders in developing load balancers - an increasingly important piece of technology for ensuring that companies doing a lot of business online do not see their systems crash at peak times.

"Choosing Limerick as KEMP's gateway to international market expansion has turned out to be a tremendous success story for the company" said Ray Downes, KEMP Technologies CEO.

"Having recently raised expansion capital to take us through the next number of years it was an easy decision to build on the talent and leadership pool we already have based in Limerick.

"The bar is raised as the charter of the operation in Limerick will increase to include some global responsibilities in software development, QA, marketing and operational roles," Mr Downes added.

Minister for Jobs Bruton said the jobs announcement from KEMP, a hugely innovative company in the ICT area, is great news for Limerick and for Ireland. 

"This is a leading tech company, growing rapidly in Limerick, creating jobs rapidly and recruiting young people from local third level institutes and from placement programmes - a model of what we are trying to deliver in areas around the country," he added.