Capita plans to create 400 IT jobs in Northern Ireland as part of a £29.9m investment over the next three years.
Regional business development agency Invest Northern Ireland has put £4 million pound towards job creation on the Newtownabbey site, which aims to have a total 945 employees by the end of 2017.
In addition, the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) in Northern Ireland has supplied £1.2 million’s worth of training support for job seekers to gain qualifications in sector-recognised technologies, including Oracle and Cisco.
Ed Brown, managing director of Capita Managed IT Solutions, said: “The business is seeking to grow its customer base, expand its service range and significantly increase its service delivery capabilities in Northern Ireland. This investment is part of our strategy for achieving these objectives.
“Given the opportunities in the marketplace and the quality of services and people already in place, we believe that we can reach our growth targets. Invest NI’s support is critical to enabling us to quickly recruit the new staff we need, while the support from DEL will ensure that we can provide an excellent training programme to develop a pipeline of staff with the IT and Management skills required to support our business’ growth.”
Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter D Robinson said the 400 news jobs will “deliver an additional £13.75 million a year in salaries into the economy. This substantial reinvestment will build on the existing capability of the Newtownabbey centre and underscores Capita’s commitment to Northern Ireland.
“In the last six weeks Invest NI has announced that its support will help create over 2,600 new jobs. This is fantastic news for all of Northern Ireland with jobs being created in Newtownabbey, Londonderry, Portadown, Antrim, Carrickfergus, Belfast and Tyrone.”
Investment minister Arlene Foster said: “Capita’s investment here will undoubtedly strengthen our ability to attract further inward investment in the IT and business services sector, which are recognised as key markets in promoting economic growth.”