Londonderry is to get almost 200 new jobs with the announcement that Fujitsu is to expand its operations in the city.
The investment followed talks in Tokyo last month involving the Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson and the Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness who met with the Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe as well as senior company representatives, among them the president, Masami Yamamoto.
The 192 jobs brings to 1,000 the number employed by Fujitsu in Belfast, Antrim and Londonderry. Recruitment for a new business service centre at its existing Timber Quay side will begin in the new year.
This is the fourth investment Fujitsu has announced in Northern Ireland in the last seven years and brings to more than £36 million the sum invested in the economy.
The new positions will include a range of critical business support roles including administration, financial, procurement and human resources that will support Fujitsu’s internal operations as well as technical and software orientated roles that will support ongoing work for a wide range of private and public sector customers across the UK and Europe.
Greg McDaid, client managing director Northern Ireland at Fujitsu UK & Ireland said the new jobs confirmed Fujitsu’s commitment to the Northern Ireland economy and reinforced its position as a leading IT Services supplier to the public and private sectors.
He added: “Already we estimate that 99% of the Northern Ireland population will come into contact with our work on behalf of our customers through a wide range of day to day transactions, whether that is through public service delivery, financial services, utilities, retailing, business transactions or travel. Fujitsu’s focus is on delivering a ‘Human Centric Intelligent Society’, and we offer a full range of innovative technology products, solutions and services to drive efficiencies, growth and responsible business practices, creating value for both customers and wider society.
“This Business Services Centre will now form an important part of our overall strategy to achieve business growth in this region and the choice of Timber Quay is a reflection on the highly skilled and motivated workforce as well as the excellent telecommunications infrastructure that we know exists here.
“These qualities, coupled with the support offered by Invest NI made this the obvious choice when we considered potential locations for this investment.”