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Northern Ireland IT firm Kainos continuing expansion

By Margaret Canning

Northern Ireland IT firm Kainos has said it's taken on nearly 200 new staff over the last 12 months.

A trading update from the company, one of just three plcs in Northern Ireland, said employee and contractor numbers have now reached 1,169.

The firm said that trading in the year to the end of March "continued in line with market expectations and the company remains well positioned in its core markets".

Kainos, situated in the university area of Belfast, specialises in digital services and platforms, with clients in government and healthcare.

The trading update said that it was also acquiring more international clients, supported by the group's growing physical presence in Europe.

As its sales had grown, its contracted backlog was also up.

In October last year, Kainos announced it was opening a base in Copenhagen to "meet growing demand" in Europe for its WorkSmart business, which covers areas including payroll and finance.

Kainos, which is headed by Co Antrim man Brendan Mooney, already has offices in Dublin, the US, Germany and Poland.

In November last year, it reported a 5% increase in pre-tax profits to £6.8m. It also revealed a 2% increase in sales to £41.4m for the six months ending September 2017.

It is based at Upper Crescent in Belfast.

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