200 jobs at risk after IT firm loses key contract
It is feared up to 200 people at a Belfast IT firm could lose their jobs close to Christmas as a major client contract winds up.
The posts in jeopardy are at Tech Mahindra, a firm that provides business support to client companies.
The company, which has its headquarters in India, set up in Northern Ireland in 2007 in a multi-million pound investment at Lanyon Place in Belfast city centre.
The posts are at risk because it has lost a major contract with EE, the mobile and internet provider.
It is understood that employees were informed on Monday that they may be facing the dole queue once the work with EE comes to an end - understood to be early January.
It is not yet known how many jobs will be able to be saved.
A spokesman for Tech Mahindra said the EE contract was the "primary source" of its work in Belfast.
EE announced last month it was no longer going to subcontract work related to its broadband services, which the Belfast staff dealt with.
When Tech Mahindra Limited announced its multi-million pound centre of excellence in Belfast, it was supported by Invest Northern Ireland which hailed it as a welcome addition to the growing number of information and communication technology firms sprouting up in the city.
Its launch also presented a £21m package for the local economy in wages and salaries over its first three years.
When it opened, Sanjay Kalra, president of Strategic Initiatives at Tech Mahindra, said Belfast had been chosen for its "refreshing attitude and the spirit of innovation in abundance", adding it would "play a pivotal role in servicing and growing our clients in Europe and North America."