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Minister Arlene Foster and Invest NI Alastair Hamilton are pictured with Corey Thomas of Rapid7. Pic Kelvin Boyes

Minister Arlene Foster and Invest NI Alastair Hamilton are pictured with Corey Thomas of Rapid7. Pic Kelvin Boyes

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Minister Arlene Foster and Invest NI Alastair Hamilton are pictured with Corey Thomas of Rapid7. Pic Kelvin Boyes

A US software firm is creating 75 new jobs in Belfast.

Rapid7 the latest technology company from overseas to set up a new base in Northern Ireland - in this case establishing a 'development centre'.

The new jobs will boast average salaries of more than £40,000.

The software firm - which specialises in security - provides IT to almost 3000 companies and government agencies across the globe.

Invest NI has stumped up more than £500,000 towards the company's expansion here.

Rapid7's chief executive Corey Thomas said the "availability of high quality technical staff made Northern Ireland an attractive location for us".

"We were impressed with the excellent business environment, particularly the close working relationship between government, industry and academia. Of note was the work the universities are doing in IT security," he said.

The Boston firm was founded in 2000.

Jobs minister Arlene Foster said the company was "one of the US's fastest growing software security companies".

"The Belfast team will be capable of designing, building, testing and releasing both on-premise software and cloud-based services, and will partner with other Rapid7 software teams based in North America," she said.

Northern Ireland also tends to offer firms a cheaper workforce than others areas throughout the UK.

Earlier this month, accountancy firm PwC announced it was creating 807 new jobs in Northern Ireland over the next five years.

The global financial and professional services firm is expanding through two projects, representing an investment of over £40 million.

Last month financial firm Deloitte announced it was creating 338 new jobs in Belfast as part of a multi-million pound expansion.

The company will expand its operations over the next five years - bringing the firm's Northern Ireland workforce to more than 700.

Belfast Telegraph