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Pictured are First Minister the Rt Hon Peter D Robinson, Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster, Employment Minister Dr Stephen Farry with Ed Brown, Managing Director of Capita Managed IT Solution and Gary Coates, Service Desk Analyst.
Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster and Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry today welcomed the announcement that Capita Managed IT Solutions is creating 400 new jobs at its Newtownabbey site, in a £29.9million investment over three years.
The new jobs, which are planned to be in place by the end of 2016, will inject £13.75million a year in salaries into the economy.
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.
Welcoming the announcement Arlene Foster said: “An investment of this scale will deliver significant benefits, not just for the company and for the ICT sector, but for the economy as a whole.
“The average salary of jobs associated with this expansion is well in excess of the Northern Ireland private sector median wage and 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.
“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.”
Invest Northern Ireland has offered £4million of support for the new jobs, and the Department for Employment and Learning has offered £1.2million of training support under its Assured Skills programme, which will bring the total employment at the site to 945.
Employment and Learning Minister, Dr Stephen Farry said: “This investment by Capita emphasises the importance of the availability of a highly skilled labour force to support business growth and expansion particularly in key growth sectors such as IT.
“My Department’s Assured Skills programme will provide a package of support including tailored training and development programmes to ensure Capita has the skilled workforce they require. Training for this significant jobs announcement will be focused on management skills and sector recognised IT qualifications including Oracle and Cisco aimed at a range of job seekers including new entrants to the labour market.
“As the Minister with the responsibility for skills, I am committed to supporting potential investors with a range of support mechanisms to help them find the skilled workforce they need to grow, expand and contribute to the development of the Northern Ireland economy. The Assured Skills programme offers both local companies the tailored support for building the skills base they need, and also plays an important part in attracting high quality investors to Northern Ireland.”
Ed Brown, managing director of CMITS, said: “Capita Managed IT Solutions 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 the Department for Employment and Learning 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.”