Newtownabbey IT firm creates 400 jobs

Published Thursday, 08 May 2014
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A Newtownabbey-based IT firm is creating 400 jobs over the next three years as part of a £29.9m investment, it has been announced.

Capita Managed IT Solutions was formed in 2013 when Capita Plc acquired Northgate Managed Services Ltd.

The company provides cloud, infrastructure and ICT managed services for public, private and third sector organisations across the UK.

Announcing the investment during a visit to the company's offices, First Minister Peter Robinson said: "Today's announcement of 400 new high quality jobs at Capita will bring the total employed to 945 and it will deliver an additional £13.75m 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."

Mr Robinson added: "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.

"It is the direct result of hard work and a continued focus on promoting Northern Ireland as a place to invest and a great location to grow your business."

Invest Northern Ireland, the regional business development agency, has offered £4m of support for the new jobs, while the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) has offered £1.2m of training support under its Assured Skills programme.

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster, who was also in attendance, said the average salary of the new jobs associated is "well in excess of the Northern Ireland private sector median wage".

"They offer a variety of employment opportunities for a range of job seekers including school leavers, returners to work and graduates. Moreover, the extensive training programme for the new staff will contribute to the development of Northern Ireland's skills base," she added.

"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."

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."

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5 Comments
Norn Iron in In the Barron west wrote (84 days ago):
Good to see InvestBelfast keeping up the good work.
Sam in Derry wrote (84 days ago):
Throw money at them. £5.2 Million. Crazy
Mark in Belfast wrote (84 days ago):
Another £4 million giving to a company. The big rush before the EU put restrictions on funds government give to companies to create jobs. Let's see will 400 jobs be created over the 3 years. Bet not. See how long they stay for. They all end the same way when the free money runs dry.
Jim in Coleraine wrote (85 days ago):
How is the figure of £13.75 million per annum arrived at. This is an average salary of £34,000 per worker. capita are in fact paying their contractors less than £8 per hour. Something doesn't add up
peter in derry wrote (85 days ago):
Glad to see these jobs are being spread across the province instead of the usual centralisation.
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