The Dark Hedges, Ulster
The Dark Hedges, Antrim, Ulster. Image: Cinematographer/Shutterstock

2,140 new jobs for Ulster in stellar 2016

15 Dec 2016

As we tot up all of the job announcements in Ireland this year, we turn, finally, to the island’s northernmost province: Ulster.

This week, we’ve been counting up the number of sci-tech jobs announced across Ireland over the past 12 months. Rounding out our tally today is Ulster.

We’ve already seen that Connacht, Leinster and Munster each have areas that have fared particularly well in terms of jobs announcements, and Ulster is no different. Belfast will be home to a whopping 85pc of the jobs announced in the province during 2016.

Some 2,140 jobs are planned for the region, with 1,828 of these falling within the Northern Irish capital.

The roles traverse industries, with hiring companies ranging from tech giants to aerospace players.

Here, we gather each of the jobs announcements that emerged from the northernmost province.


1. Warwick Engineering to recruit 10 after £70k investment

The Antrim-based engineering company is investing in machinery and announced plans to take on 10 new staff members.

2. Lisburn boost sees IT firm P2V announce 12 new jobs

IT services provider P2V Systems announced a doubling of its Lisburn operation by the end of 2018, adding 12 new jobs.

3. Northern Ireland boost as payroll firm Payescape adds 23 jobs

Payroll outsourcing company Payescape announced intentions to expand in Ballymoney, adding 23 jobs as it eyes UK growth.


4. £1m media merger creates at least 16 jobs in Derry

A merger between two creative agencies in Northern Ireland created 16 jobs, as Wurkhouse took Blue Splat under its wing.


5. UK digital marketing firm SLM to bring 125 new jobs to Donegal

In April, Manchester digital marketing company SML Connect announced plans to establish a new base, which would employ 125 people at Gaoth Dobhair Business Park.


6. Resonate Testing creating 11 jobs at Newry plant

11 advanced engineering jobs came to Newry, with the announcement that Resonate Testing was to open a new testing and certification facility as part of a £2.3m investment.

7. 13 skilled engineering roles for aerospace industry as Datum takes off

Datum Tool Design Ltd announced plans to bring 13 engineering jobs to Co Down as part of growth plans targeting global aerospace opportunities.

8. Ballygowan-based engineering firm pours £3.5m into R&D and new jobs

A major investment in both infrastructure and staff by engineering manufacturer CCP Gransden is a boon to the Northern Ireland aerospace industry, announced earlier this month.

9. 60 tech jobs created as eShopWorld expands

In June, Irish-owned eShopWorld announced plans to create 60 jobs across its operation in the latter half of this year, on the back of significant growth.


10. Tyrone jobs boost as Lagan Engineering expands

Earlier this year, Tyrone-based Lagan Engineering announced plans to increase its workforce by 50pc, with an additional 16 employees expected by 2018.

11. Irish IoT SME Endeco to hire 26 staff following investment

A €3.3m investment from ESB NovusModus earlier this year saw Endeco Technologies announcing plans to double its workforce.


12. Cayan announces 50 jobs for Belfast with new sci-fi HQ

Smart payments company Cayan announced plans to create 50 jobs for Belfast with the opening of its new headquarters in the city.

13. Alert Logic announces 58 new cybersecurity jobs in Belfast

Cybersecurity firm Alert Logic created a security research and technology development centre in Belfast, with 88 jobs – 30 of which were already filled – announced as part of the unveiling.

14. Deloitte’s Belfast jobs push just hit overdrive

Deloitte’s plans to hire 700 people in Belfast by 2019 is going far better than planned, with 1,000 jobs now expected to be created after new plans were announced in May.

15. 20 jobs for Belfast as SpotX establishes NI development centre

In June, US advertising technology company SpotX established a software engineering development centre, bringing 20 new jobs to Belfast.

16. Crossvale to create 12 jobs at new Belfast centre

In July, Crossvale, a US software firm based in Dallas, announced plans to open a new centre in Belfast, creating 12 software engineering jobs.

17. Tullett Prebon creating 300 jobs with new Belfast fintech hub

Belfast was chosen as a new technology hub for Tullett Prebon, with the financial services company announcing 300 new jobs.

18. 17 software jobs for Belfast as BDNA Corporation surfs into town

In September, Californian analytics software company BDNA announced plans to create 17 new jobs in Belfast over the next two years.

19. Belfast accountancy firm BDO to create 31 jobs over 3 years

Belfast-based accountancy and business advisory firm BDO announced that it will create 31 jobs over the next three years to support its international network.

20. Metaswitch creating 94 jobs at new Belfast R&D hub

In September, cloud specialist Metaswitch announced it would be opening a centre of excellence in Belfast, with hopes of hiring 94 people in the area.

21. Novosco to double Belfast office space, creating 21 jobs

Novosco, one of Northern Ireland’s largest cloud computing providers, is set to more than double its current Belfast office space, resulting in the creation of 21 jobs.

22. Satellite electric engine manufacturer to create 150 jobs

In October, French engineering firm Thales announced the creation of 150 engineering jobs in Belfast to build the next generation of electric engines for satellites.

23. Black Duck Software hatches 58 new jobs in Belfast

Earlier this year, open-source security player Black Duck Software revealed plans to create 58 new jobs in Belfast.

24. CloudMigrator365 creates 17 jobs with new Belfast office

Just last month, CloudMigrator365, an IT services company based in Manchester, revealed plans to establish offices in Belfast, creating 17 new jobs by 2018.

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Kirsty Tobin
By Kirsty Tobin

Kirsty Tobin served as careers editor of Silicon Republic from 2015 up to August 2017. When she was younger, she had a dream where she started and won a fight with a T-Rex, so she’s pretty sure she kicked butt at this, too. Passions include eating all the cake, watching more TV than is healthy and sassy comebacks.

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