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125 jobs created for Derry after £7m contract secured

The Department for Communities (DfC) has secured a £7m contract with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) which will bring 125 new jobs to Londonderry.

The contract is to deliver Universal Credit services to claimants in Great Britain and the project will be based at the Lisahally Service Centre. 

A spokesperson for the Department for Communities said: “This is good news for DfC and for Northern Ireland, bringing to 594 the number of new jobs secured by the Department over the past year to deliver DWP services.

"This third major contract for DfC is testament to the continued confidence DWP has in our capacity to provide high quality services for customers in Great Britain."

While some of the posts will be filled in the first instance through internal redeployment, it is expected that a large proportion of the posts will be filled through external recruitment.

The contract is for an initial two year period worth just over £3.5 million per annum and is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2017.  It follows previous DWP contracts announced in September and December 2016, worth a combined £20 million.

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