Derry digital firm Wurkhouse to create 30 new jobs
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Derry digital firm Wurkhouse to create 30 new jobs

18 Dec 2017375 Views

‘Creative intelligents’ being sought by fast-growing NI firm.

Digital creative agency Wurkhouse is to create 30 new jobs in Derry as part of a major expansion drive.

Usually the term ‘workhouse’ would have brought up painful truths about dark times in Irish and UK history. However, this time, Wurkhouse is the byword for actual growth, as a Derry tech firm by that very name is expanding on the back of significant export opportunities.

“Wurkhouse is a young and innovative business with high growth potential,” said Invest NI chief executive Alastair Hamilton.

“The 30 jobs being created will contribute over £780,000 in additional annual salaries to the economy and offer excellent employment opportunities in the local area.”

‘We are focused on becoming the leading digital agency in Northern Ireland through our export-driven growth strategy’

The new roles will include a range of designers, web developers, and SEO and social media roles, which will increase the company’s employment to 49 staff over the next three years.

In 2015, Wurkhouse received assistance from Invest NI of £24,000 to help with developing its design team.

“We are focused on becoming the leading digital agency in Northern Ireland through our export-driven growth strategy,” explained Wurkhouse CEO Troy Armour.

Armour said the advice and support the young firm has received from Invest NI is helping it to scale quickly.

“We play an integral role in the success of many of our clients, and we believe that this success comes from our experienced staff and in-depth knowledge of the digital sector. We are confident that the north-west region has the skills base we need to enhance our team, which will help us to achieve our ambitious plans for growth over the next three years and beyond.”

Armour added that the new jobs are for individuals that the company terms ‘creative intelligents’.

“We seek two core attributes when hiring: intelligence and passion, so we are looking for people with intelligence who have a passion for what they do.

“This helps us deliver smart solutions for our clients and their passion is carried over into the delivery. It is like that old adage: cooking with love just makes the food taste better.”

John Kennedy
By John Kennedy

Editor John Kennedy is an award-winning technology journalist. He joined Silicon Republic in 2002 to become the fulcrum of the company’s news service He was recipient of the Irish Internet Association’s NetVisionary Technology Journalist Award 2005 and has been awarded ‘Best Technology Site’ at the Irish Web Awards seven times. In 2011 he received the David Manley Award commending him for his dedication to covering entrepreneurs. His interests include all things technological, music, movies, reading, history, gaming and losing the occasional game of poker.

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