Microsoft is set to make a big splash in Ireland, where it has announced that it will hire 600 more people to work at its European headquarters in Dublin. 500 of those hires will join the company's new EMEA Inside Sales Centre, while 100 others will be spread across "existing operations," Microsoft says. All 600 will join a workforce of 1,200 people already at the Dublin offices.

Microsoft announces 600 new jobs in Ireland with Inside Sales expansion

From Micrsoft:

The 500 digital inside sales professionals – who will offer support for customers in over 30 different languages – are being recruited immediately to serve customers from the state-of-the-art Inside Sales Centre in Dublin, with aims to have everything fully operational by the middle of the year.

If you happen to call Ireland home, that's definitely good news. Speaking on the announcement, Mary Mitchell O'Connor, Ireland's Minister for Jobs Enterprise and Innovation, stated:

This latest investment, which brings an exciting new multi-skilled business activity to the company's Dublin base, further enhances the company's presence in Ireland and is vindication of the competitive advantage Ireland can offer. The extensive Microsoft operation in Ireland has grown significantly in recent years and we look forward to our very successful relationship continuing to develop in the years ahead.

For Microsoft watchers, this is good to see after Microsoft announced a round of 2,850 job cuts just this past July after several other rounds of job cuts in recent years.

If you're interested in applying for one of the Dublin jobs, you can learn more at Microsoft Careers.