Financial services giant MetLife has officially opened its new global technology campus in Galway, where it plans to hire 200 skilled IT staff.

The new campus represents a major investment in the digital initiatives that will help the business transform its customers’ experience around the globe.

It also continues MetLife’s broader strategic effort of transforming the workplace experience by bringing employees together in state-of-the-art, collaborative environments, while reducing its geographic footprint and significantly lowering operating costs.

“Digital innovation continues to reshape our lives and the way we view the future, and it reinforces the reality that every company needs to become a technology company in order to survive,” said Marty Lippert, executive vice president and head of MetLife Global Technology and Operations.

“Our new Global Technology Campus in Galway will be a dynamic centre of change, and it will be at the heart of creating the digital solutions that will transform how our customers interact with us every day around the globe.”

Including its existing office in Dublin, MetLife’s presence in Ireland will grow to more than 500 employees once recruitment at the new campus is complete.

Frances Fitzgerald, An Tánaiste and minister for business, enterprise and innovation Frances Fitzgerald, added: "This is an extremely exciting project, and the Irish government is very pleased that our ongoing work in driving competitiveness and providing quality skills is paying dividends in attracting cutting-edge projects like this.

"This development will see a further 200 people employed in Ireland and we look forward to our continued fruitful relationship with MetLife in both its Galway and Dublin operations, well into the future."