17 jobs in pipeline as IT company agrees deal to open Northern Ireland office
An IT services company is setting up a new office in Belfast and creating 17 jobs.
CloudMigrator365, which is based in Manchester but was founded by Antrim man Darren Mawhinney, offers cloud migration services and software to customers across the globe.
It is creating a series of well-paid jobs - with average salaries of £34,000 - as it opens its new Northern Ireland base.
Mr Mawhinney, the managing director of the company, said: "While CloudMigrator365 is established across worldwide markets, we see an opportunity to grow our partner sales channel, build on our capabilities to sell and deliver migration services and ensure our marketing messages reach as wide a global audience as possible.
"Establishing our Belfast team is central to this strategy, and our plans to recruit 17 tech sales, development and support roles over the next two years will give us the resources needed to achieve our objectives.
"The talented workforce, cluster of software development businesses and cost-competitive environment attracted us to Northern Ireland, and we are confident our workforce in Belfast will be a valuable asset to our company."
Economy Minister Simon Hamilton said the firm was a "leader in its field".
"The availability and quality of our talent, competitive cost base and Invest NI support has attracted this leading software company to Northern Ireland," Mr Hamilton added. "These jobs will pay an average salary of £34,000, providing high-quality, well-paid employment opportunities for our talented graduates as well as experienced professionals across the ICT sector.
"Northern Ireland is gaining a deserved reputation as a region where tech businesses are thriving, with flourishing clusters, including cyber-security, financial software and data analytics.
"The global market for cloud services is expected to grow exponentially over the next decade - this investment puts Belfast at the centre of CloudMigrator365's development strategy."
Invest NI offered the company £85,000 towards the new jobs.
The business offers customers ways of migrating and moving email, contacts and calenders to Microsoft Office 365.
It has been used to migrate more than 13,000 domains, across five million users, with data across 45 countries.
Mr Mawhinney said the firm had "benefited from the leadership and support" of major IT bosses including Kainos chief executive Brendan Mooney.