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Jobs boost as Civil Service creates 150 new posts in Northern Ireland

By Jonathan Bell

Around 150 jobs are being created in the Social Security Agency in Northern Ireland.

The Department for Communities announced yesterday it has secured an £8 million government contract for the provision of Universal Credit and Benefit Cap support to claimants.

The contract will see most of the jobs provided in Ballymena, and the remaining 20 in Londonderry.

While a number of posts will be filled in the first instance through internal redeployment within the Civil Service, it is expected the vast majority will be filled through external recruitment.

The contract is for an initial two-year period.

Posts will be in mainly administrative in nature, and will pay an average annual salary of £19,000.

The jobs will help deliver Universal Credit and the Benefit Cap across Great Britain on behalf of Department of Work and Pensions, and are expected to be fully operational by next autumn.

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