Belfast Telegraph

US IT firm Black Duck creating 58 new jobs for Belfast

A US IT firm is creating 58 new jobs for Belfast over the next four years.

Black Duck will add the new posts over the next four years.

The firm develops software to secure and manage open source software.

It's received £377,000 from Invest NI towards the new jobs.

The firm says the new posts will be worth around £2m in salaries to the NI economy each year.

The new office in Belfast will be focused on open source security research as well as Black Duck’s full range of open source security and management products, and professional services.

Economy minister Simon Hamilton making the announcement said it was a "testament to the strength of our local ICT sector".

He said: "This significant investment by global security firm Black Duck Software demonstrates the talent and pool of high quality technology professionals available in Northern Ireland. Operating in 24 countries worldwide, the company’s decision to locate their new research group here is testament to the strength of our local ICT sector.

“The 58 new jobs being created will contribute over £2million annually in additional salaries to the local economy as well as offering our talented graduates and experienced staff highly paid employment opportunities, helping to further grow the Northern Ireland cybersecurity cluster.

“Northern Ireland has invested significantly in cybersecurity research and in growing the number of computer science students at both Queen’s and Ulster universities in recent years. Belfast is Europe’s leading destination city for software development investment and Black Duck Software has joined a growing cluster of world-class companies choosing to invest in Northern Ireland.

“Earlier this week I visited the United States to meet prospective and existing investors.  The region remains our number one foreign direct investor and today’s announcement is excellent news for our local economy, once again highlighting that Northern Ireland is a great place to do business."

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