50 jobs created at IT company
A Belfast IT firm is creating 50 new jobs.
The high quality posts are part of an investment by Novosco Ltd, which provides services to clients across the UK and Ireland from its base at the Northern Ireland Science Park at Queen's Island.
Novosco, which marks 20 years in business this year, was the highest placed Northern Ireland firm in the latest Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies to Work For in the UK.
Enterprise minister Arlene Foster said the new positions would contribute almost £2 million a year to the economy.
She said: " I understand that the company has ambitious growth targets in the GB market and I have no doubt that the additional skills brought through the recruitment of new staff will play an important role in supporting that growth.
"Novosco is part of the thriving and rapidly expanding IT sector in Northern Ireland and is an excellent example of a fast growing locally owned company that has the potential to become a significant player."
Invest NI has offered the firm more than £624,000 to support the new jobs. The funding, which will also underpin staff training programmes, is part of the IT firm's overall £4.1 million investment.
Patrick McAliskey, managing director of Novosco, said: "As we continue to grow our business with large organisations in GB, the Republic of Ireland and in Northern Ireland, we will require additional skills at our Belfast headquarters to help fulfil these contracts, including service desk engineers, implementation engineers, software consultants and network engineers.
"This will enable us to further expand our established business areas, including providing infrastructure and network services, in addition to growing new opportunities in areas like software development."
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