OFMdFM announce 250 jobs for Belfast

Published Tuesday, 01 July 2014
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Belfast is set to gain 250 jobs within the business services sector, First Minister Peter Robinson and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness have announced.

Alexander Mann Solutions, which has its headquarters in London, is to create a global client service centre in the city.

The company currently employs over 2,200 people in over 80 countries around the world.

It is a leading provider of talent acquisition and management services with an international blue-chip client base.

In particular, we were attracted to Belfast's compelling combination of a highly-educated and multi-lingual workforce, a cost competitive infrastructure and a pro-business operating environment.

Rosaleen Blair, CEO, Alexander Mann Solutions

Welcoming the move, DUP leader Peter Robinson said: "One of the key reasons for our continued success in attracting investors is that we have a population that is young, educated, highly skilled and ready to work.

"Northern Ireland continues to successfully meet the needs of large international companies like Alexander Mann Solutions and these new jobs will offer a broad range of employment and training opportunities."

Sinn Féin's Martin McGuinness added: "This is fantastic news that Alexander Mann Solutions will establish a new centre in Belfast, generating annual salaries of £6.1m.

"The business services sector is one of our fastest growing sectors in terms of employment and has been developed largely by inward investment by many major international investors."

The 250 new jobs to be created will appeal to those entering the world of work for the first time, as well as those with more industry experience wishing to avail of career development opportunities.

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster

Invest Northern Ireland is supporting the new jobs with a grant of £1m.

Further assistance of over £600,000 is also being given, including support for training part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

The Department for Employment and Learning has also offered £400,000 through its Assured Skills programme.

Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry also welcomed the jobs boost.

"A highly skilled labour force is essential to support business growth and expansion," he said.

"The decision by Alexander Mann to create 250 jobs in a new global client service centre shows the confidence they have in the talent and skills available in Northern Ireland."

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2 Comments
Michael in Belfast wrote (21 days ago):
We need more factories. IT and useless services will get us nowhere. Manufacturing. Manufacturing. Manufacturing. This is the only way to guarantee a prosperous, resilient and successful economy. The second a service company gets nervous they hit the fire button and close a site.
Niall in West Tyrone wrote (21 days ago):
No worries the west of the country likes being ignored
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