1,000 new jobs set for Belfast

Published Thursday, 10 April 2014
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Concentrix, the American-owned call centre, has announced the creation of over 1,000 new jobs for its Belfast-based operation.

1,000 new jobs set for Belfast
The announcement will more than double the company's workforce in Belfast. (© Presseye)

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.

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8 Comments
John in Derry wrote (222 days ago):
We are becoming call centre HQ. These jobs come and go as quick. Earn £6.31 an hour or a max of £14k a year.
bigaj in belfadt wrote (224 days ago):
did anyone know that a band 2 nhs worker sterilising instruments for operations/procedures/emergencies (which i see as a very important job) get paid 99p over the minimum wage. dont get me wrong appreciate i have a job but 99p ....... brutal
Cathy in Coleraine wrote (224 days ago):
Great news for Belfast.... What about the 300 odd folk loosing their jobs @ County Hall Coleraine & local motor tax office? Oh that's right, Belfast is the centre of the universe... NOT!
Suzie in Co Down wrote (224 days ago):
I agree entirely with Andy in Belfast, these jobs will be paid at the minimum rate or perhaps just 20p per hour above it. The fact is that parents will not be any better off really working. They will have huge hours to work to earn a decent take home wage. The minimum rate needs to be urgently addressed as too many companies are not paying above it.It needs to increased to at least £8.00 per hour and now.
West Belfast in West Belfast wrote (224 days ago):
Great seeing new jobs in NI, but on the other hand 42 people in west belfast have lost their jobs when intergrated services lost all their funding, leaving familys who they worked with in distress. Why wasnt this put on news
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