1,000 new jobs set for Belfast

1,000 new jobs set for Belfast

Concentrix, the American-owned call centre, has announced the creation of over 1,000 new jobs for its Belfast-based operation.

The company already employs 800 people in the city centre and is going to recruit another 1,043 workers to help deliver a new £36m contract.First Minister Peter Robinson and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness flew in from London after taking part in the Irish state visit to the UK, to announce the deal.First Minister Peter Robinson: "This is excellent news for Northern Ireland."This major investment is a tremendous boost for our local economy and is further evidence that Northern Ireland remains one of the most competitive countries in Europe for inward investors seeking talented people in a cost competitive location."The decision by Concentrix to reinvest in Northern Ireland sends a clear and strong signal to other potential investors that Northern Ireland remains a great place to work, live and invest."I welcome this continued investment by Concentrix and I wish them every success in their efforts to grow and develop their business," the DUP leader said.Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness added: "This is an unprecedented jobs announcement by Concentrix and will contribute over £18m a year in wages and salaries to the local economy."On our recent business mission to the United States we hosted over 120 business executives in Silicon Valley."Christopher Caldwell, president of the Concentrix Corporation was one of those senior executives."We took the opportunity to meet with Christopher and explain how important their investment is, not just to existing workers, but to the wider economy."This news today of over 1,000 jobs reinforces the messages, to retain and attract investment you must make every effort to meet and listen to investors regardless of where in the world they are based," said the Sinn Féin representative.Invest NI chief executive Alastair Hamilton says we have turned a corner in job creation pic.twitter.com/vMfj4YcIaw— Jamie Delargy (@Jamie_utv) April 10, 2014

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