Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Software jobs boost for Belfast

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said the new jobs are 'a welcome boost to the economy'

A software group is to create 37 jobs in Belfast.

The Software Quality Systems (SQS) Group will establish a centre of excellence in the city.

The German-owned company is the largest provider of independent software testing services in the European Union. Invest NI has offered £444,000 in assistance.

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said: "Invest Northern Ireland has secured this highly mobile project for Northern Ireland in the face of competition from other SQS centres in the UK and Europe. The new jobs are a welcome boost to the economy."

SQS already has a small operation in the Northern Ireland Science Park where it employs 15 people.

Its expanded Belfast centre will offer a range of high value services in niches such as security testing, environment hosting, test automation and performance testing.

It will have specialised expertise in banking, insurance and telecommunications.

Rob McConnell, SQS regional director for Northern Ireland, said: "The strategic aim for the Belfast operation is to provide SQS with a time-zone friendly, highly specialised and cost-effective one-stop shop for Irish, UK, European and US customers.

"Our decision to expand our operation here was driven by the quality of data communications infrastructure, the availability of skilled IT resources and Invest NI's support."

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