Multinational software company Oracle is to create 450 jobs in Dublin.

The company is recruiting sales professionals in the area of cloud computing to drive the expansion of its business across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Oracle is one of the world's best known software companies and it currently has over 420,000 customers in 145 countries. It employs over 130,000 people worldwide, including 1,400 in Ireland.

In recent times it has made a multi-billion dollar investment in its cloud computing services and it currently supports 600 different applications.

As a result it is recruiting 1,400 sales professionals to sell these services in the European, Middle East and Africa regions, including 450 in Ireland.

The Irish jobs will be based at the company's state-of-the-art offices in Eastpoint Business Park. 

The company is looking for highly motivated and experienced sales people with a minimum of two to three years experience from across the region.

The investment is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland and has been welcomed by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton and IDA chief executive Martin Shanahan.

Mr Kenny said: "This announcement of 450 new jobs in cloud computing is a vote of confidence in Dublin's reputation as a tech hub with a highly skilled talent pool and the right policies for business to thrive. 

"The Government is determined to keep the recovery going by maintaining our attractiveness as a location for investment. I welcome Oracle's cloud investment plans, choosing Ireland as a key location to drive their future business."

Mr Shanahan said that Oracle's presence in Ireland for over 30 years forms part of the country's strong ICT sector. 

"This important announcement of 450 new cloud computing roles will greatly enhance Ireland's reputation as a location of choice for cloud computing.

"IDA Ireland is focused on identifying opportunities for new and existing clients and developing Ireland's ability to become a world leader in the cloud," he added.