Robinson and McGuinness announce the creation of up to 650 new jobs at Allstate

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Pictured are L-R Alastair Hamilton, Chief Executive Invest NI, Bro McFerran, MD Allstate NI, deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, First Minister Peter Robinson, DETI Minister Arlene Foster, and onscreen from Allstate Chicago are Tom Hall, Vice President Allstate Technology Organisation International, and Suren Gupta, Chief Technology Officer Allstate Technology International.

First Minister Rt. Hon. Peter D Robinson MLA and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MLA, have announced that technology company Allstate Northern Ireland is to create up to 650 high quality jobs in Belfast, Londonderry and Strabane.

US-owned Allstate Northern Ireland was established in Belfast in 1998 and provides high quality software development services and high end business solutions in support of its US parent's operations. The Allstate Corporation is the largest publicly held personal lines property and casualty insurer in America.

Invest Northern Ireland has offered just over £4.5million of support towards the expansion, which will deliver £20million annually in additional salaries through the creation of up to 650 jobs across Allstate’s three sites in Northern Ireland. Almost 200 of the software development, software testing, infrastructure services and analytics posts have already been filled and the remaining 450 will be recruited by 2016.

Speaking at Allstate’s offices in Belfast, First Minister, Peter Robinson said: “ This announcement of hundreds of new high quality jobs by a top Fortune 100 company sends out a clear and unequivocal message to international investors to have confidence in Northern Ireland as a competitive location from which to grow their business.

“I am delighted that Invest NI was able to secure this major expansion for Northern Ireland and that the recruitment process is already well under way.”

Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness said: “These jobs will benefit people in Belfast and the North West. The high quality positions and associated salaries are further proof that we have the people, skills and technology to support the business needs of major companies like Allstate.

“This is truly great news for our economy. Such investments bring quality salaries and new opportunities for local people so it remains vitally important that we continue to seek out investment projects in key markets and strengthen our relationships with new and existing investors to ensure that we maximise every opportunity to build a positive future for all.”

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said: “Allstate has grown to become one of our most well established investors and one of our biggest employers. Today’s announcement demonstrates clearly that Northern Ireland is a good place to do business and that we have the ability to secure quality investment and high value jobs from some of the world’s most successful and respected companies.”

Bro McFerran, Managing Director, Allstate Northern Ireland said: “Allstate Northern Ireland has had a strong presence here since 1998, and working closely with Invest NI, we have grown to employ over 1,900 people across our three sites. Many of those people are non-IT graduates who have received advanced training and now have new skills and regarding careers with Allstate.

“Allstate Northern Ireland remains an integral part of Allstate Insurance, and today’s announcement is testament to the talented people we have here and the significant contribution that people in Northern Ireland have made to Allstate’s operations.”