Belfast Telegraph

IT investment to create 100 jobs

An American IT company is to create 100 new jobs in Northern Ireland, it has been announced.

Puppet Labs, a software engineering company which is used by major global companies like Twitter, eBay and PayPal, plans to launch its operation in Belfast over the next three years.

The new posts will have average salaries of around £37,000 a year.

Stormont's Enterprise Trade and Investment Minister, Arlene Foster described the investment as a significant boost.

She said: "Puppet Labs is an innovative company who are committed to product research and development. Its arrival in Northern Ireland is a further boost to our already strong ICT sector, which is playing a significant role in growing the local economy.

"Once filled, these posts will collectively deliver annual salaries of over £3.7 million to the local economy."

Invest Northern Ireland has contributed £1 million towards the creation of the new jobs.

Luke Kanies, chief executive and founder of Puppet Labs, said the move was part of his company's plan to expand into Europe and the Middle East.

He said: "Puppet Labs has been growing rapidly as IT automation is critical for any company that uses technology to compete. This new centre will expand our engineering capacity to support our plans for growth, particularly in the European and Middle Eastern markets.

"Northern Ireland has strong software engineering talent and offers quality and cost advantages to support our growth. We are also looking forward to working closely with Invest NI to continue to develop the software industry in Northern Ireland."

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