100 new IT jobs for Belfast

19 Jan 2010

An IT company in Belfast is to create almost 100 new highly-skilled jobs. Parity is to establish a Microsoft centre of excellence, with 94 software development and consultancy positions to be filled over the next three years, RTE has reported. The company currently employs 65 people in Belfast.

It will be the first centre of its kind in Ireland and Britain, and will provide internet-based business productivity packages for customers.

The centre would put Northern Ireland on the map, said Paul Rellis, managing director of Microsoft Ireland. He said he believed it was a sign of how an innovation and technology-led economy in Ireland would come about through such investments.

Parity’s chief executive Alwyn Welch said experienced professionals would work with local graduates.

‘We are delighted with the support and funding of over £630,000 from Invest NI and this investment truly illustrates Parity’s strategy to capitalise on new technologies and market opportunities that we have identified,’ he said.

Parity specialises in IT recruitment, especially for the public sector.

Northern Ireland Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said the centre would not only generate almost £3 million in annual salaries, but it would strengthen the important and growing IT sector as well as providing global recognition of Northern Ireland as a value for money location.