Northern Ireland economy minister Gordon Lyons stands alongside a wall with lettering that says department for the economy.
Northern Ireland economy minister Gordon Lyons. Image: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker

US tech company Workrise to bring 150 jobs to Belfast

17 Aug 2021

Recruitment has already begun in Northern Ireland and will initially focus on front-end and back-end engineers.

Workplace management tech company Workrise is planning to set up a new software engineering centre in Belfast.

The Texas-headquartered company, which was formerly known as RigUp, was established in 2014 and provides a full-service workforce platform for matching skilled contractors to companies.

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Since it was founded, the company has raised more than $450m, including a $300m Series D funding round in October 2019 led by Andreessen Horowitz.

The new centre in Belfast is expected to bring 153 highly skilled jobs to the region over the next four years.

The initial recruitment focus will be on establishing an engineering team and hiring is already underway for a number of software engineering roles including back-end, front-end and DevOps professionals.

Workrise said it is looking for “motivated and self-directed engineers who want to deliver real business value”.

Northern Ireland economy minister Gordon Lyons said the investment will make an important contribution to the economy.

“Workrise’s decision to establish its new engineering centre here will create 153 high-quality jobs, all paying salaries above the average annual wage for the private sector,” he said.

“With a hybrid working approach in place, people from all over Northern Ireland will be able to apply and there are exciting opportunities on offer for graduates. Overall the project will contribute £6.8m in wages to the local economy once all the roles are in place, with benefits of the investment being felt across Northern Ireland.”

The investment is supported by Invest NI, which offered almost £1m of support.

Workrise’s CEO and co-founder, Xuan Yong, said the company selected Northern Ireland based on the quality of software engineers with industry skills as well as a strong graduate pipeline.

“This, along with the practical and financial support from Invest NI, made Northern Ireland a very attractive location,” he said.

“By automating the process of matching workers to companies, we bring technology-backed efficiencies across recruiting, logistics, operations and payments, which ultimately reduce the operational costs for the business.”

Jenny Darmody
By Jenny Darmody

Jenny Darmody became the deputy editor of Silicon Republic in 2020, having worked as the careers editor until June 2019. When she’s not writing about the science and tech industry, she’s writing short stories and attempting novels. She continuously buys more books than she can read in a lifetime and pretty stationery is her kryptonite. She also believes seagulls to be the root of all evil and her baking is the stuff of legends.

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