Data analytics firm EXL is to create up to 200 new jobs over the next three years with the establishment of a headquarters for international business in Dublin.

The new roles will be in the area of artificial intelligence (AI) as well as data engineers and other technology positions.

EXL said it will build upon existing staff of more than 8,000 data scientists and 1,500 generative AI experts globally who are developing AI, cloud enablement and data integration technologies.

As part of its expansion into Ireland, EXL has announced a new collaboration with University College Dublin (UCD) through the Government's Human Capital Initiative, which strengthens ties between higher education and enterprise to address future skills needs.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar welcomed the job announcement.

"Ireland is well-placed to be a hub of innovation in this space, and EXL’s plans to partner with local research institutions will be an important contribution to developing the next generation of talent," Mr Varadkar said.

Rohit Kapoor, Vice Chairman and chief executive of EXL said that by expanding its presence in Ireland, the company will gain access to a world class talent market and a key geographic hub for its global operations.

"We will look to train AI experts in Ireland to unlock the transformative power of generative AI, revolutionise industries and drive new business opportunities," Mr Kapoor said.

"Dublin’s exceptional talent pool will help us shape the future of technology, fueling innovation and propelling our clients to the forefront of the global AI landscape."

Mary Buckley, Executive Director of IDA Ireland, said the collaboration between EXL and UCD has the potential to drive skills in AI, machine learning and data analytics.