Athlone-based software, cloud and digital transformation specialist Sidero is to create 75 jobs at its midlands base over the next two years following a €4.5m investment.

The company also announced its intention to launch a new consulting division within the business.

The jobs are promised in the areas of cloud and software development in response to increasing customer demand for digital transformation services.

The new roles will enable the expansion of Sidero's services across multiple markets including telecoms, fintech and the public sector.

Founded in 2013, Sidero already employs 150 people at its Athlone base.

The new roles will include graduate positions as part of Sidero's graduate placement programme.

The company has strong links with local third-level institutions, including the newly opened Technological University of the Shannon (TUS), and has invested more than €1m in the initiative since 2018.

"The creation of these new jobs will enhance Sidero's capabilities in the fast-growing area of digital transformation," Carmel Owens, chief executive of Sidero said.

"We are seeing an increasing demand for these services from our customers, and the expansion of our team with critical skills across cloud and software development will drive this growth," she added.