143 new call centre jobs in Belfast
Energy firm SSE Airtricity is creating 143 new jobs in Belfast with the expansion of its customer service centre.
The call centre posts have attracted Invest NI support worth almost £700,000.
The gas and electricity supplier is Northern Ireland's second largest energy provider.
Managing director Stephen Wheeler said: "We chose Northern Ireland because of the talented, youthful, enthusiastic and capable workforce that is available here and which has already played such a vital role in our business growth to date in Northern Ireland.
"The support of Invest NI will help us to continue to invest in developing our talent pool with both our existing workforce as well as for the new roles that we will create."
He added: "These new jobs, along with the funding and training support from Invest NI, will enable us at SSE Airtricity to build on the quality of our existing workforce, continue to deliver a high quality and great value service to our customers, and fuel our sustainable business growth for the future."
All existing and new staff will be based in the company's new corporate premises at Millennium House on Great Victoria Street. It is expected that the firm's current Belfast workforce, numbering almost 100, will relocate there in September.
Stormont Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said: " This investment represents further growth in Northern Ireland's important business services sector, which already boasts a number of international companies that have been attracted here by the cost-competitive environment.
"The salaries for the 143 new jobs will generate an additional £2.7 million a year for the economy and the investment confirms SSE Airtricity's continuing commitment to Northern Ireland."