Belfast Telegraph

Firm adds Dublin jobs after Belfast cull

By Rachel Martin

An Indian tech firm has created 150 jobs in Dublin almost exactly a year after it said it would cut its Belfast workforce by 200 people.

Tech Mahindra was offered £2.2m by Invest NI in 2007 to create 220 jobs in Belfast but did not take up the economic development agency's offer.

The business has operated in Belfast since 2007, but said it would cut staff numbers a year ago after it lost a major contract with mobile and internet provider EE.

Speaking at the time, the firm said it would close its Belfast operation by January 3, 2016.

A spokesman said the EE contract was the "primary source" of its work in Belfast.

However, a year on the firm continues to run an office in Belfast with around 100 workers. It's understood the majority are agency workers.

Invest NI said the company has not benefited from any funding from it. A spokeswoman for Invest NI said: "Tech Mahindra was offered £2,237,500 of support in 2007 to create software development roles in Northern Ireland. While the company did create roles it chose to do so without the use of the government support offered.

"Invest NI cannot comment on the company's decision to create new jobs in Dublin as it is not privy to the details."

Tech Mahindra is to open a new centre of excellence in Dublin and will recruit staff in emerging technologies including robotics and cloud computing. It has 200 staff in Waterford.

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