A Co Antrim biotechnology firm has taken on 66 new recruits to work in specialist jobs, some based in South America and East Asia.
The latest boost to the workforce at Randox Laboratories comes in a year that has already seen 200 additional staff join the company
The vast majority of the new faces - 95% - are fresh out of university.
Randox senior manager Mark Campbell said the company’s market growth rate had enabled the recruitment drive.
“Randox’s market share is continually growing and within this context we need a steady stream of excellent staff with specialist skills in areas like science, engineering, and business, so we place a lot of importance on the number of graduates we recruit,” he said.
“As a ground-breaking biotechnology company now employing over 1,200 people, we are revolutionising healthcare and diagnostics, competing and leading in high end industries around the world from our headquarters here in Northern Ireland.
“As a global company Randox also needs highly talented people in our 25 international offices. Therefore we are delighted to welcome 10 new staff to Northern Ireland this week who will be working in our offices in Brazil, China, France, Mexico, Korea and Vietnam.
“Plans to expand our manufacturing and research and development facility in Dungloe (Co Donegal), as well as new offices in Durban, Dubai and Hong Kong and the continued expansion of our four sites in Northern Ireland mean that we are always increasing our staff numbers and currently have an impressive 117 employment exercises ongoing globally.
“Our achievements are built upon the quality of our people, and I hope that our new recruits this week can help to write the next chapter of our success.”