200 jobs are to be created by the Irish food ordering software developer Flipdish over the next year.

The jobs will mostly be in technology related areas, such as software engineering, engineering management, software architecture, data science, mobile engineering and product design.

However, there will be other new positions in customer service and support, marketing and sales. 

"Expansion was always on the cards for Flipdish in 2020, but we could never have imagined pre-Covid how rapidly we would need to grow this year to play a crucial role in alleviating the crisis the hospitality industry faced," said Conor McCarthy, Co-Founder and CEO of Flipdish.

"During the pandemic Flipdish enabled thousands of food businesses in Ireland and across the globe to pivot from dine-in to delivery and takeaway, sometimes in under 48 hours, and we were proud to partner with them and help them stay open and operating."

50 of the new positions are to be filled right away with the remainder to be recruited by the end of 2021.

The company has added 100 new jobs since the start of the pandemic.

The business is headquartered in Dublin and operates in 15 countries including the UK, US, France and Germany.

Eddie Rockets, Press Up Group, Base Pizza and Bombay Pantry are among the food service providers that use the technology.

It also works with Manna, the Irish drone delivery company which is currently conducting a drone delivery trial in Oranmore, Co Galway.

Its technology enables restaurant owners to directly accept digital orders without having to list on aggregator platforms like Just Eat, Uber Eats or Deliveroo, reducing the cost.

Flipdish is supported by Enterprise Ireland and the announcement was welcomed by Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar.

"This is very welcome news and another great example of an Irish company adapting quickly to the changes brought about by Covid," he said.

"More and more of us are ordering online from our favourite take-aways and restaurants. It's great that there is an Irish company behind it all."