US health firm creating 100 jobs
A US healthcare provider is creating 100 new jobs in Belfast.
CVS Caremark's Northern Ireland Development Centre, which opened in 2012, makes software for all parts of the company, with particular focus on internet and mobile technologies.
Ronan O'Loan, senior vice president at the firm, said: "At CVS Caremark our purpose is helping people on their path to better health."
He added: "Northern Ireland is a proven source of great IT talent and we are delighted to offer even more career opportunities at our development centre here in Belfast."
Jobs creation agency Invest Northern Ireland has offered £725,000 of assistance towards the jobs, which will pay significantly above the private sector average and contribute around £3.3 million a year in salaries to the economy.
The firm has already begun recruiting and filled 40 of the new positions.
Enterprise minister Arlene Foster said: "This expansion solidifies CVS Caremark Northern Ireland as an integral part of CVS Caremark's global IT services. The Belfast centre has an excellent track record, having quickly established credibility and influence within the wider corporation."
She said CVS Caremark decided to create the additional jobs in Belfast because the local management team had attracted and retained highly skilled software engineers and quality testers.
The MLA for Fermanagh and South Tyrone added: "They have also been impressed by the loyalty of employees and the strong work ethic, as this has contributed to their success, and provided a strong foundation to build on.
"This investment further underlines Northern Ireland's attractiveness to global companies, which has been demonstrated by a number of significant inward investments in recent months."
The US corporation is number 12 on the Fortune 500 list of top companies and is the largest pharmacy health care provider in the US with more than 200,000 employees, 7,600 pharmacy stores and 800 retail medical clinics.