Belfast Telegraph

IT growth of Viridian at Belfast HQ leads to 35 new posts

By John Mulgrew

Power NI owner Viridian is creating 35 new jobs for Belfast as it expands its IT systems across Ireland.

The company is now recruiting for the new IT support posts, which will be based at its Belfast headquarters in the south of the city. The jobs include project managers, along with technical and business analysts.

Group chief executive Ian Thom said the business was "delighted to be announcing the creation of 35 new jobs for Belfast".

"They are being created as part of a £20m investment by Viridian Group over the next three years," he said.

"The group has always been at the forefront of innovation and progression in the energy sector.

"Through this significant investment we will be developing a wide range of exciting new IT capabilities and technologies."

Viridian employs 480 staff across Northern Ireland and Republic. In September it was revealed Viridian's parent company Arcapita was plotting the sale of its Irish business, in a deal worth around £1bn.

That would mean Power NI could also be put on the market.

In an interview with the Belfast Telegraph, Alan Egner of Power NI remained silent on the possibility Power NI could soon be sold.

Arcapita, a private equity group whose interests extend across a range of asset classes, has reportedly been sounding out advisers to line the Viridian energy arm up for sale. In Northern Ireland, Viridian owns Power NI, where it supplies electricity to about 610,000 homes and businesses.

In the Republic, Viridian owns Energia, which supplies electricity to the domestic and commercial market. Energia also supplies business customers in Northern Ireland.

According to Viridian's latest annual report, Energia had 61,300 commercial customers at the end of March, most for electricity.

Speaking about the new Belfast jobs, Viridian's director of IT, Catherine Gardiner, said the roles should be "particularly attractive to IT professionals in Northern Ireland and IT professionals looking to return home to Northern Ireland from Great Britain".

"The new hires will be joining an existing team of over 100 IT professionals and can look forward to working with them on some exciting and challenging projects."

"We also offer a welcoming working environment built around high-performing teams, and the scope to grow your career and take on new challenges."

And the latest purchasing managers' index has shown employment levels here increased at a faster pace in October.

Belfast Telegraph