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Belfast IT firm announces 150 new jobs in £20m expansion

Two days after it announced a £107m NHS contract in England, Novosco said it will create dozens of new positions with an average salary of £42,000.

Belfast IT company Novosco is recruiting another 150 staff with an average salary of £42,000.

Just days after it announced a £107m NHS contract in England, the firm which provides IT infrastructure and cloud based services, confirmed a £20m expansion project.

Some 114 new positions will be created in Belfast, including IT infrastructure engineers, service delivery roles, project managers, cloud experts and cyber security specialists.

Recruitment is underway and will continue until 2020. It’s expected to be worth £4.8m to the local economy.

Another 32 positions will be based in England. Novosco currently employs around 180 people, mostly at its Belfast headquarters in Catalyst Inc. The new jobs will see its headcount increase  to more than 330 people.

Invest Northern Ireland is offering the company over £1.2m towards the new Belfast roles.

On Wednesday, Novosco confirmed it had secured its biggest ever contract to manage IT infrastructure and support services for Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Managing director, Patrick McAliskey said the NHS deal will “propel” Novosco’s growth in the English market and led to significant expansion at its Belfast headquarters.

“Expanding our workforce will be critical to driving the next phase of our business strategy and Invest NI support will assist us to secure the right skills to ensure our continued growth,” he said.

Invest NI chief executive, Alastair Hamilton said: “To stimulate economic growth we need to support those businesses with potential for high growth to become the large companies of the future.

The economic development agency has a scaling programme to help companies expand and win bigger contracts.

“Novosco has been part of our scaling programme since October 2012,” said Mr Hamilton. “It has grown rapidly in recent years to become a significant player in Northern Ireland’s thriving IT industry.

“This is a perfect example of how our support can not only help a local company to grow, but also deliver long-term economic benefit.”

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