Hundreds of new jobs announced at IT company

DUP Leader Rt Hon Peter Robinson MLA
DUP Leader Rt Hon Peter Robinson MLA

Around 400 new jobs at a software firm have been announced.

Kainos said that the roles will be split between Belfast and Londonderry, and the average salary will be in excess of £30,000.

The firm already has roughly 700 staff, including in the two Northern Irish cities, as well as sites in England and Poland.

Invest Northern Ireland has offered over £4.7 million towards the expansion for both job creation and training.

In a statement announcing the move on Thursday, First Minister Peter Robinson said: “This expansion will drive sales and increase annual revenue by 25 per cent year-on-year, to £94 million, over the next three years.

“This growth will be substantially achieved through increased export sales.

“The Executive is committed to re-balancing and growing the Northern Ireland economy. We will continue to support business to enhance and expand job opportunities here to build on good news announcements such as today’s.”

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness added: “I congratulate Kainos for this investment with the new jobs contributing £12.4m annually in salaries to the local economy.

“These jobs will create opportunities for both highly experienced technical staff as well as graduates entering the world of work.”

Brendan Mooney, CEO of Kainos, said: “Our ambition is to develop digital solutions that help our customers work smarter, faster and better, and this depends on having a capable and committed workforce. In Northern Ireland we are lucky to have excellent IT graduates and professionals.”