Legal firm Axiom to create up to 40 jobs in Belfast
An international legal services firm in Northern Ireland has announced the creation of between 30 and 40 new jobs.
The high end posts are expected to be filled within the next six months, with the potential for further new jobs to be created towards the end of the year.
The company, Axiom, will be increasing the capacity of its Centre of Excellence in Belfast city centre by opening a new 3,000sq ft office across two floors of the Scottish Provident Building.
The expansion has been announced almost one year since the office first opened in February last year.
Growth of almost 300% in certain divisions has led to the creation of the jobs - with posts including attorneys, paralegals and other professional staff.
"Belfast offers Axiom the perfect home to find, hire and integrate the right mix of the 'right people,"' said Mark Harris, Axiom's CEO.
"We look forward to continued expansion in the Belfast region and beyond."
The announcement is expected to contribute £4 million to the local economy, according to Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster.
"The fact that Axiom will have recruited so much of its staff within 12 months of opening is testament to the quality of both experienced lawyers and law graduates in Northern Ireland," she said.
"It also reaffirms Axiom's decision to choose Northern Ireland over other locations."
Ms Foster added: "Axiom's continued commitment to Northern Ireland through its plans for further hiring and office growth into 2013 reinforces the message that Belfast is a good place to do business."
Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry also commented on the decision: "I welcome this news, which reinforces that Northern Ireland has graduates with the skills needed by potential investors."
The Department for Employment and Learning engaged directly with Axiom through the Assured Skills programme last year.
"This will shortly result in the delivery of bespoke training developed in conjunction with the higher education sector," added Mr Farry.
Axiom currently employs 1,000 people globally, serving almost half of the Fortune 100 companies.