Belfast Telegraph

Software firm adds 30 new technology jobs for Belfast and Derry

By John Mulgrew

A German-owned software firm is adding to its Northern Ireland workforce with 30 new jobs in Belfast and Londonderry.

IT specialist SQS Group is adding the new positions to its existing operations here.

That will bring its total Northern Ireland workforce - based at both Northern Ireland Science Parks - to 82 by the end of 2017.

SQS is one of the Europe's largest independent software testing firms - used within the banking, insurance and telecommunications sectors.

Rob McConnell, director with SQS NI said the firm was "well positioned in Belfast and the North West from a technical skills and service delivery perspective".

"We’ve been very happy with the calibre of software engineers that we’ve been able to recruit in Northern Ireland with proactive support from Invest NI," he said.

The firm employs some 4,000 staff at offices across the globe - including the UK, Australia and the US.

It first set up shop in Belfast back in 2008.

Jobs Minister Arlene Foster said the second investment by the company reflected its "confidence in the software talent in Northern Ireland".

"These new jobs will pay twice the Northern Ireland private sector average salary in the region of £37,500 and contributing more than £1 million a year to the local economy," she said.

"I am pleased Invest Northern Ireland has been able to support this investment through a grant of £210,000 for the new jobs."


 

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