Belfast Telegraph

Almost 100 new jobs for Belfast: US tech firm investing £6 million

By John Mulgrew

Almost 100 new technology jobs are being created in Belfast.

US tech firm Proofpoint is adding 94 positions to its Northern Ireland workforce as part of a £6 million investment.

The firm - which specialises in data loss prevention - is growing its Belfast arm into a research hub for its 'essentials' division.

It currently employs 18 people at Weaver’s Court business park.

It's the latest jobs announcement for Northern Ireland's burgeoning tech industry.

Last year, US-owned Allstate announced it was expanding its three operations in Belfast, Londonderry and Strabane with hundreds of new IT positions.

Earlier in 2014, tech firm Concentrix said it would also be adding over 1,000 jobs to its Belfast base.

Welcoming the Proofpoint's latest expansion, chief executive Gary Steele said he had been "very impressed with the technology ecosystem in Northern Ireland" which shared "many of the characteristics of Silicon Valley".

"In Belfast our strategic objective is to broaden the distribution and support networks for our current suite of products," he said.

"The acquisition of Mail Distiller provided us with a platform to grow the small and medium sized businesses segment of our business."

Jobs minister Arlene Foster welcomed the announcement and said the company had "recognised the benefits of establishing a European centre" in Northern Ireland.

The new jobs are due to be in place by the end of 2016.

Invest NI has put forward over £600,000 towards the total investment.

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