Fortune 100 property insurer Allstate is to create up to 650 high quality technology jobs in Belfast, Derry and Strabane, it emerged today.
Invest Northern Ireland has offered just over stg£4.5m of support towards the expansion, which will deliver stg£20m annually in additional salaries through the creation of up to 650 jobs across Allstate’s three sites in Northern Ireland.
Almost 200 of the analytics, software development, software testing, and infrastructure services posts have already been filled and the remaining 450 will be recruited by 2016.
Speaking at Allstate’s offices in Belfast, First Minister Peter Robinson said: “This announcement of hundreds of new high quality jobs by a top Fortune 100 company sends out a clear and unequivocal message to international investors to have confidence in Northern Ireland as a competitive location from which to grow their business.”
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness added: “These jobs will benefit people in Belfast and the north-west. The high quality positions and associated salaries are further proof that we have the people, skills and technology to support the business needs of major companies like Allstate.”
NI: an integral component of Allstate’s global infrastructure
US-owned Allstate Northern Ireland was established in Belfast in 1998 and provides software development services and high-end business solutions in support of its US parent’s operations.
The Allstate Corporation is the largest publicly held personal lines property and casualty insurer in America.
Bro McFerran, managing director, Allstate Northern Ireland, said: “Allstate Northern Ireland has had a strong presence here since 1998, and working closely with Invest NI, we have grown to employ over 1,900 people across our three sites. Many of those people are non-IT graduates who have received advanced training and now have new skills and careers with Allstate.
“Allstate Northern Ireland remains an integral part of Allstate Insurance, and today’s announcement is testament to the talented people we have here and the significant contribution that people in Northern Ireland have made to Allstate’s operations,” McFerran said.
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