Belfast Telegraph

Software firm creates 30 new jobs

A software services company has created 30 new jobs in Belfast and Londonderry.

The global SQS Group already employs around 50 people in the two cities.

The positions will be located in the company's development operations centres within the Northern Ireland Science Parks in Belfast and Derry.

The jobs will command annual salaries of around £37,500.

The Executive's business promotion agency Invest NI has supported the expansion to the tune of £210,000.

The German headquartered SQS Group arrived in Northern Ireland in 2008 with the opening of its Belfast centre. It expanded its premises in 2011 with support from Invest NI.

Rob McConnell, director with SQS NI, said: "We've been very happy with the calibre of software engineers that we've been able to recruit in Northern Ireland with proactive support from Invest NI.

"We are confident that the Development Operations Centres will continue to support our growth and ensure that we remain a global leader in the provision of quality software services."

Economy minister Arlene Foster hailed the investment.

"This is the second reinvestment by SQS since it established its Belfast centre in 2008, reflecting the firm's confidence in the software talent in Northern Ireland," she said.

"These new jobs will pay twice the Northern Ireland private sector average salary in the region of £37,500 and contribute more than £1 million a year to the local economy. I am pleased Invest Northern Ireland has been able to support this investment through a grant of £210,000 for the new jobs.

"I understand that the SQS directors evaluated a number of other locations for this investment before selecting Northern Ireland because of the quality of our data communications infrastructure, the availability of skilled IT resources and Invest Northern Ireland's support."

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