In the latest addition to what has been a dizzying array of new job announcements in the North, one of Europe’s top IT services companies Fujitsu Services is to create 150 jobs there.
A major £8.8m sterling investment by Fujitsu, topped up with a further £2.2m sterling from Invest NI, will see 120 of the jobs based in Derry while a further 30 will be based in Belfast.
This is the third investment Fujitsu Services has made in Northern Ireland in the past 18 months.
The first, an £18m sterling investment in June created 402 jobs in managed IT operations in Derry and Belfast, while a £3.2m sterling expansion of its Centre of Excellence for Oracle created a further 30 jobs in Belfast in August 2007.
“The fact that this is Fujitsu’s third project in only 18 months sends out a strong message that this region has the infrastructure and skills to secure high-value investment from global companies,” Invest NI chief executive, Leslie Morrison explained.
“This is further evidence of the confidence international companies have in Northern Ireland as a premier investment location.”
The new positions include: customer solution architects to design IT solutions for clients, developers and specialist business and technical support professionals.
These roles will support ongoing work for a wide range of customers – including a major government department – using one of the largest Oracle eBusiness Suite implementations in the world.
“This investment reflects Fujitsu’s confidence in its Northern Ireland operations and in the region’s ability to deliver the skills and the work ethic that have made our experience here so positive,” Fujitsu Services’s Michael Crow, head of application services explained.
“This new centre of excellence will play an important role in rolling out our strategy of developing innovative delivery channels based on a global model,” added Crow.
By John Kennedy