Irish outsourcing firm Abtran has said it will create 350 new jobs in Sligo.

Abtran already employs over 2,000 people in Cork, Dublin and Kildare as well as in southern India.

The company said it will base its new regional operations centre in a high-tech facility at Finisklin Business Park in Sligo which will be up and running in the third quarter of this year.

Established in 1997, Abtran is a specialist provider of services in sectors including government, transport, utilities and financial services.

The company said the new jobs form part of its regional expansion strategy where the northwest of the country has been selected for the location of a major new operations hub.

Pat Ryan, CEO of Abtran, said the company believes it is very important to support national and regional economic development wherever possible through the growth of its operations.

Mr Ryan said the company had engaged in a detailed process where potential locations were reviewed and assessed in consultation with Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland.

"Based on the skillsets identified for our business needs, we selected the North West region as the location for our new operations hub and we are very pleased to announce these new jobs in Sligo which will complement our overall high quality workforce," he added.

Julie Sinnamon, CEO of Enterprise Ireland, said Abtran is a great example of how an Irish business, with a blueprint for services innovation, can successfully accelerate and rapidly scale its business in international markets.

"The company's success is underpinned by the value that it offers clients in terms of its knowledge, insight and experience around customer service delivery throughout multiple sectors," the Enterprise Ireland boss added.

The Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys said that Abtran's continuous innovation, market leadership and investment in high-quality resources have made this indigenous Irish business deeply competitive.

"The fact that they have chosen to invest in the North West to serve their business markets both at home and abroad is a testament to the confidence they have in the region and its talented workforce," the Minister said.

"Ireland will continue to be an acknowledged leader in this sector driven by initiatives like this by Abtran," she added.