German supermarket chain Lidl is to create 1,200 jobs in Ireland over the next year.

The positions will be in a range of operational and office-based roles in stores, regional distribution centres and its head office in the capital.

The company intends to open six new outlets on the island of Ireland this year and rebuild seven of its existing stores.

€75m will also be spent by the discounter on expanding its regional distribution centre in Mullingar in Co Westmeath.

Lidl already has 168 stores in Ireland, as well as three regional distribution centres, and currently employs 5,000 people.

Like other retailers, it has experienced a notable uptick in sales since the start of the pandemic, as people consume more of their food at home.

In the 12 weeks to 27 December last year, Lidl held 11.8% of the Irish grocery market, according to Kantar.

It also recorded a 27% increase in the value of sales compared to the same period last year, making it the fastest-growing supermarket group in the country by market share.

However, Covid-19 restrictions have necessitated more staff in stores in order to keep supply chains moving and ensure health and safety measures are adhered to.

Since last March, the supermarket has taken on 700 additional temporary and permanent employees to assist with these tasks.

In recognition of the effort put in by its employees over the last year, the company has committed a further €2m bonus to be shared by staff across the island, the third such bonus of its kind since the pandemic began.

"Since the onset of the pandemic our teams have demonstrated inspirational dedication and bravery in serving our local communities when they needed it most," said Maeve McCleane, Director of Human Resources at Lidl Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Lidl was also recently recognised by the Top Employers Institute as a Top Employer for 2021.

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Tech developer Personio to create 140 jobs

German HR technology developer Personio is to create 140 additional jobs in Dublin this year.

The firm is to make its office in the capital its new international business and software engineering hub.

The company, which designs all-in-one HR systems for small and medium-sized firms, currently employs 40 staff.

It first opened an office in Dublin last April, adding to existing locations in Munich, London and Madrid.

"The city's business-friendly environment and status as a well-established international talent hub one that's already helped many successful tech companies better serve the European market -made the decision to set up our fourth office here an easy one," said Hanno Renner, co-founder and CEO of Personio.

The company currently employs 550 people globally, but intends to double its workforce over the coming year.

Rapidly growing, Personio has doubled its customers, revenue and employees over the past year.

The investment is supported by the Government through IDA Ireland, whose CEO Martin Shanahan said it was a welcome investment.

Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar said: "This announcement once again demonstrates the attractiveness of Ireland for FDI."

The firm recently announced that it had raised $125m in a Series D round at a valuation of $1.7 billion.

Last year it received $75m in funding and in total it has raised $250m since it launched in 2015.