Dublin IT firm creates 60 jobs in Belfast with £600k Invest Northern Ireland boost
A Dublin IT company has opened a delivery office in Belfast providing 60 new jobs with an average salary of £50,000 in a move partly prompted by Brexit.
Ammeon, a professional services company which provides "cheaper and faster" technology methods for companies including Vodafone and Carphone Warehouse, said strong education in IT and engineering capabilities here were other reasons behind the office opening.
And Fred Jones, the company's chief executive said the uncertain changes Brexit will bring about have created an opportunity for the company, which was set up in 2003.
He said: "We see Brexit as a bonus. It forces companies to look at how they are doing their business and become more competitive so for us, it's a benefit."
He said the company always had an interest in the North: "We always had around a dozen employees working remotely in Belfast and in the New Year we opened an office on Fountain Street. Our shareholders have a previous history in Belfast and we do believe there is good education here and the engineering capabilities are second to none."
Another 48 roles will be added gradually to the firm by 2019 and in total all jobs are expected to generate £3.5m annually in additional salaries to the economy.
Invest NI has offered Ammeon £600,000 to support the creation of the Belfast office where a range of experienced engineers, consultants and new graduates will join the company's software engineering and consulting division.
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Alastair Hamilton, chief executive of Invest NI said: "This sizable investment by Ammeon reinforces the calibre of skilled IT resources available in Northern Ireland and our reputation for world class expertise in software development.
"Ammeon's new Belfast centre will help drive the development of its cloud and automation service offerings and complement the work of existing companies in Northern Ireland's IT sector."
Ammeon first started looking at Belfast as a location for a new office when it hosted an open day at Dukes Hotel in September last year.
Speaking about current vacancies and the skill offering here, Mr Jones said: "We are looking for talented IT professionals with customer engagement skills who can help deliver major client projects and expand on our internal research and development activities.
"The availability of software engineering talent combined with a cost-competitive environment and Invest NI support encouraged us to establish our centre in Northern Ireland."