Belfast Telegraph

IT firm to bring Belfast jobs boost

An IT firm is to create 180 new jobs across Ireland, with an estimated third of those positions based in Belfast.

Version 1 already employs 265 staff in Belfast, Cork and at its Dublin headquarters.

The firm has more than 200 customers across the utilities, financial, pharmaceutical, retail, education and health sectors.

The total number of roles in various departments will be created by 2013, with 45 due to be filled in the next three months.

Version 1 said it hopes the eventual workforce will reach more than 450 by next year.

The recruitment drive is taking place to meet the demands of new business and a predicted 30% growth in 2011.

Jarlath Dooley, human resource director at Version 1, said the company was exceeding expectations in the tough economic climate.

"Last July we announced the creation of 100 jobs in three years, but given our strong performance we expect to fill those roles in one year," he said.

"As a 100% Irish owned and managed company, we are delighted to be beating the recession and creating jobs."

Version 1 reported a turnover of €17.5m (£15.7m) in 2010 and in the first quarter of this year turnover was up 30% on the same period last year and gross sales in March reached a record high in excess of €2m (£1.8m).

Privately funded since its inception in 1996, Version 1's major shareholders are founders Justin Keatinge, John Mullen and company director Tom O'Connor.

Customers include Airtricity, O2, insurance firms Irish Life and,, the Irish Independent, The Revenue Commissioners, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, the Department of Agriculture and the Royal College of Surgeons.

Technology partners include Microsoft and Oracle.