An international insurance and income protection company has announced 50 new IT jobs for Carlow, as part of an expansion taking place this year.

Unum Technology Centre filled 80 positions during 2022 and now employs more than 200 people in Carlow, with more roles being advertised for 2023.

The vacancies will include software developers, business analysts, IT delivery managers and cybersecurity engineers.

Unum provides income protection and insurance to 41 million people across businesses in Europe and the US.

The company says its Carlow Tech Hub is a driving force behind its "cutting-edge" digital transformation.

"Unum's projects are set for 2023 and beyond and we are now recruiting a range of tech roles," Managing Director and VP of Unum Ireland, Padraig O’Neill, said.

"Whilst there has been some instability in the tech jobs market, Unum offers security in the stable and growing fintech sector.

"We can offer exceptional development and progression with flexible working arrangements, including hybrid, and initiatives to support our team's well-being.

Opportunities are available for both graduates and senior IT professionals at the state-of-the-art campus, just one hour from Dublin city."

He said the growth announcement comes as Unum adds a Great Place to Work certification to its credits for a second year and that the company invests in creating "an exceptional work culture" where team members are supported to perform at the highest level.

HR Director of Unum Edel Spillane said people want to know they are recognised for their contribution to the workplace.

"They want strong leadership and the opportunity to develop their skills with further education and career progression. Yes, they want to be well-compensated, but beyond that, people value working in an environment where they can thrive. This is where Unum excels."

A Trust Index Survey of Unum employees found that 94% agree that Unum is a "great place to work," Ms Spillaine said.

The company is already recruiting for some of the 50 positions it aims to fill this year.