Belfast Telegraph

IT firm Novosco, lauded as our best employer, to create 50 jobs in Belfast

By Lesley Houston

One of the best places to work in the UK is offering 50 new jobs in Belfast in a £4m investment.

IT firm Novosco is creating the new positions in a high level recruitment drive to meet the needs of a company whose revenues have soared by 50% in the past year.

The new jobs will offer graduates and experienced IT professionals the chance to join its 70-strong workforce which enjoy salaries higher than the private sector average.

Managing director Patrick McAliskey said the salaries offered will be similar to the average wage of the Novosco workforce which lies around £40,000.

Mr McAliskey said the 50 new positions will help the firm fulfil new contracts in Great Britain, the Republic of Ireland and in Northern Ireland. "This will enable us to further expand our established business areas, including providing infrastructure and network services in addition to growing new opportunities in areas like software development."

Novosco provides cloud infrastructure management for local companies and technology and infrastructure IT services and works with companies like Microsoft, Cisco and Citrix and services local health trusts plus 10 NHS trusts in England.

The majority of the positions will be among a broad range of IT engineers, from software and infrastructure to support staff, with the salary package contributing almost £2m to the economy.

The company, based in the Northern Ireland Science Park, came top of the Northern Ireland firms named in the latest Sunday Times 100 best small companies to work for in the UK.

Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster commended the company's resilience in the face of the economic downturn, adding: "The new high level jobs are exactly what Northern Ireland needs to help rebalance the economy towards higher added value private sector activity."

Invest NI has offered Novosco £624,000 towards the new roles.

Mr McAliskey commented that he hoped to soon announce a number of IT apprenticeships toward the Belfast Telegraph's 60 jobs in 50 days campaign.

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