A Waterford technology startup company will announce 65 new software jobs in Tramore today.

The new staff are to be recruited over the next 18 months, according to Mr Rodger. Photo: Thinkstock Images

The new staff are to be recruited over the next 18 months, according to Mr Rodger. Photo: Thinkstock Images

Three-year-old Nearform says that the new jobs, which will bring its workforce to 100, are due to strong demand for its software design services.

The company, which was founded by Waterford programmers Cian Ó Máidín and Richard Rodger, has grown to 35 people already and has landed contracts with Condé Nast, Universal, DPD UK and Permanent TSB. The new staff are to be recruited over the next 18 months, according to Mr Rodger. He said that the company will recruit software developers and designers.

“They’re high-end jobs,” said Mr Rodger. “We’ve just taken over the old offices of Waterford County Council in Tramore and plan to house them all there.”

The company also has a development office in Romania, where it has relationships with local software contractors.

Mr Rodger said that the company took a decision to stay in Waterford despite most of its clients being in Europe or the US.

“We were urged by many parties to relocate to the US,” he said. “We chose to stay here and build our company in a place where we wanted to raise our families.

“Our growth to 35 staff over the last three years has vindicated this decision. We look forward to growing in Tramore and hiring local and international expertise.”

Mr Rodger and Mr Ó Máidín also run one of Europe’s most successful specialist coding conferences, NodeConf. The pair are specialists in a software technology called Node.js.

“It lets teams of software programmers build faster, more stable, more versatile business platforms for large companies,” said Mr Rodger.

“Thankfully, we’ve established ourselves as a global expert in driving these Silicon Valley technologies into large enterprises. We’re trying to bring a greater engineering discipline to software so that it’s reliable and designed properly.

“Too often, software crashes and doesn’t work properly. We want to fix that.”

The company’s chief operating officer, Paul Savage, said that the company has not taken on any external funding.

“There are lots of innovative enterprise-tech companies outside Dublin, like us, that have grown hugely with little or no investment over the last three years,” said Mr Ó Máidín.

Nearform’s jobs growth comes a week after multinational firm Sun Life Financial announced a 50-job expansion of its operation in Waterford.

Last autumn, Waterford- based mobile software firm Feedhenry became one of Ireland’s biggest home-grown software acquisitions when it was bought for €63.5m by US multinational software firm Red Hat. Several successful Waterford startups have emerged from the Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG), part of Waterford’s Institute of Technology.

Posted by Irish Independent, written by Adrian Weckler