Belfast Telegraph

10 new posts as software firm LaunchPad sets up base in the north west

By John Mulgrew

A London software firm is creating 10 jobs with a new office in Londonderry. LaunchPad Recruits, which specialises in data and video software for recruitment, has raised a significant sum in fresh funding supported by Invest NI.

As a result it has chosen to expand the business in Northern Ireland.

The jobs will include 'customer success' and developer roles.

The company was established in 2012 and counts a number of big businesses among its clients, including Microsoft and Nationwide.

The firm's founder and managing director Will Hamilton said: "Since 2012 our team has been obsessive about delivering brilliant service and technology to our customers.

"We hire individuals who love being a part of a fast growing business, enjoy thinking for themselves and getting stuck in.

"We're delighted to provide opportunities for local people who want to be a part of something exciting, and enjoy the work-life balance their beautiful city can provide."

Bill Scott, executive director for international investment at Invest NI, said it was "pleased to be able to support" LaunchPad's investment in Derry.

"The company will be creating 10 new jobs at its new European base with roles including customer support and product development, supporting the company's ambitious growth plans," he said.

A study released earlier this year showed that digital tech businesses accounted for 5.4% of Northern Ireland's economic output - the second highest share for the industry in the UK.

The research by Tech City UK also said the number of digital tech businesses in Belfast grew by more than a third between 2010 and 2014, contributing £521m to the city's economy.

Across the province digital firms contributed £1bn to the economy, with average salaries of £35,680.

According to the report, digital salaries in Belfast grew at a rate of 14.8% between 2012 and 2015.

That was more than double the rate of salary growth in the sector experienced in Edinburgh in Scotland.

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