A specialist software integration firm with headquarters in Sligo is to create 50 jobs over the next 18 months.

SL Controls, based in the IDA Industrial Park in Collooney, says the new positions will be highly skilled in the engineering field and will bring its total workforce to 140. 

The new roles will include systems engineers, validation engineers, project managers and software system designers.

They will be connected to the company's offices in Sligo, Galway, Dublin, Limerick and also in Cork where the company is planning a new location with a Director of Corporate Services already recruited to head up development in the region. 

SL Controls said it is also going to offer all of its staff the opportunity, when Covid-19 restrictions allow, to work remotely or in the office or a mix of both.

A percentage of the new hires, it says, will be location-independent remote roles, while others will be offered the option of hybrid working, combining working from home with working from an office. 

Under the ongoing expansion of the company, SL Controls is also planning to recruit 20 staff in the US where it has an office in Florida.

The strategy for SL Controls USA Inc. is 20% growth year-on-year over the next three years.

SL Controls was set up in 2002 and among its clients are world-leading brands in various fields including pharma, medtech, healthcare and technology.

It exceeded its growth predictions last year and is now forecasting in excess of an 80% increase in turnover to €12 million for the period 2019 to 2023.

CEO and co-founder Keith Moran said the business has had "an exceptional few years and continues to experience strong growth as a result of an increase in demand for our services and solutions with key partners both nationally and internationally."

Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar said that the company is a fantastic example of an Irish owned and based company competing and winning business internationally in a very competitive market and added he was particularly impressed by the company's commitment to flexible working arrangements.