Dublin-headquartered IT consultancy Version 1 is to create 26 new jobs at a new Oracle Competency Centre in Belfast.
Version 1 made today’s announcement in Belfast alongside Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment Arlene Foster, MLP.
Invest Northern Ireland has offered stg£359,000 of support, partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund, for the centre.
The positions available in the new centre include opportunities for senior and junior Oracle consultants.
“Northern Ireland has a highly educated talent base of IT professionals and we look forward to establishing a strong and successful team,” Version 1 managing director Justin Keatinge said.
“Version 1 was the first Irish company to become an Oracle Platinum Partner. We are committed to continuously investing in and developing our partnerships and we are delighted to be in a position to further expand our Oracle expertise to deliver innovative solutions and services for our customers,” Keatinge added.
Version 1 provides complete end-to-end IT solutions and employs 300 staff at its Dublin headquarters and regional offices.
Privately funded since its inception in 1996, Version 1’s major shareholders are founders Justin Keatinge, John Mullen and company director Tom O’Connor. The company has grown strongly in recent years; revenues increased by 40pc in 2011 to €24.5m (stg£20m) and forecasted growth in 2012 stands at 25pc.
Customers include Airtricity, the energy provider; 123.ie, the insurance provider; Irish Life, the financial services provider; Telefónica O2, the communications provider; and many state agencies and government departments, including Land & Property Services, the Revenue Commissioners, the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine, and the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport.