The technology sector received a further boost yesterday after a Belfast software firm announced the creation of 82 new jobs.
IT company Kainos is to expand its Belfast operation and said it will put an extra £3m in salaries into the economy each year. The new posts will include key software engineering, project management and sales roles. Invest NI offered £984,000 of support for the new jobs.
The announcement follows news last week that PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) are to create 247 new jobs, generating £8m in additional salaries per year between now and 2014.
The Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster delivered the news yesterday at the Kainos Belfast office.
She was then given a demonstration of the firm's Evolve system, an online health record system developed by the Belfast team two and a half years ago, and now utilised worldwide.
Ms Foster said the investment was further evidence that Northern Ireland was exporting its expertise.
She told the Belfast Telegraph: "This company has four installations, including Belfast. The fact that they have chosen this city as somewhere they want to do business is very encouraging."
Kainos also has offices in London, Dublin and Gdansk in Poland and Ms Foster said the Belfast site had been in competition with the other locations.
The minister said that lowering corporation tax would strengthen Northern Ireland's ability to compete internationally.
"Investments like this are a good indicator of the skills we have here. If we were able to secure the lowering of corporation tax it would set us into a different gear in relation to inward investment," Ms Foster said.
Managing director Brendan Mooney said the quality of staff was key to the company's "ambitious growth plans".
"The quality of software engineering in Belfast is excellent and has been for 20 years."
The new jobs will put an extra £3m in salaries into the economy