IT services company Version 1 is expanding its Belfast operation and creating 50 new jobs as part of the investment.
Version 1, a Dublin-headquartered IT provider of managed services and business application services, is opening the new offices in the Gasworks, which will include a business intelligence hub.
Invest NI has offered stg£350,000 of support for the new jobs, which will bring the company’s total headcount in Belfast to 76 by the end of 2017.
Justin Keatinge, managing director of Version 1, said the calibre of IT staff the company has been able to recruit in Belfast is excellent and, together with the support from Invest NI, made Belfast the obvious choice for this expansion.
“We intend to expand not only our core Oracle skills base in Northern Ireland but also other specialist Version 1 capabilities, such as Microsoft and Amazon Web Services,” Keatinge said.
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MLA said the total investment by Version 1 to its expansion is around stg£6.5m and when complete will deliver employment opportunities generating stg£2.8m in salaries over the next three years.
“Our cost-competitive business environment, talented IT graduates and excellent telecommunications infrastructure continues to drive down costs for global companies offering a competitive edge in a very dynamic sector,” McGuinness added.
First Minister the Rt Hon Peter D Robinson MLA said this investment reflects Version 1’s confidence in Northern Ireland’s ability to contribute to its future success.