Posted on Tuesday 10 December 2013 by Ulster Business

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Derry has been given a major economic boost with the news that Japanese-owned IT firm Fujitsu is to create close to 200 jobs in the city.

The jobs, to be based at Fujitsu's Business Services Centre at Timber Quay, Londonderry, include 177 full-time permanent positions and 15 business apprenticeships.

The announcement has been welcomed in the North West, which has been among the regions worst hit by unemployment in the recession.

Fujitsu designs, builds and operates IT systems and services for customers in the retail, financial services, telecoms, utilities and government markets.

It said the new jobs will include a range of critical business support roles in administration, financial, procurement and human resources that will support Fujitsu's internal operations, as well as a range of technical and software support roles for private and public sector customers across the UK and Europe.
The jobs will, said Fujitsu, pay salaries above the private sector average.

Greg McDaid, Managing Director for Northern Ireland at Fujitsu UK & Ireland said: "When considering where to locate this Business Services Centre Fujitsu carried out a detailed assessment of a number of potential locations. Our centre at Timber Quay was selected as the best location based on the availability of a highly skilled and motivated workforce and the excellent advanced telecommunication infrastructure. These qualities, coupled with the support offered by Invest NI meant the decision was taken to locate this new centre in Londonderry."

Invest Northern Ireland has offered almost £1m of support towards the full-time positions.

Speaking at Fujitsu's offices in Derry, First Minister Peter Robinson said the 192 new jobs were a "positive endorsement of Northern Ireland" by an international company.

"I met with President Masami Yamamoto of Fujitsu Limited during a business mission to Japan last week and discussed the final details of this project. I reinforced Northern Ireland's commitment to supporting Fujitsu's continued growth and I have no doubt that this further investment will undoubtedly promote and strengthen Northern Ireland's ability to attract other inward investment projects in the business services sector," he said.

"This investment announcement builds upon the positive impact that the G8 and the International Investment Conference has had on our reputation as an excellent location for overseas investors."

Fujitsu has had a presence in Northern Ireland for over 35 years and the Minister said the announcement reflects the company's continued commitment to Northern Ireland.

Londonderry Chamber of Commerce President Philip Gilliland described the jobs announcement as "wonderful news" for the city, adding that he was sure it was the right decision for both Fujitsu and Derry.

"Fujitsu is more than doubling the size of its operation in the city. In doing so, it is reaffirming the economic strategy pursued by the city, that was included in the One Plan and which has been strongly endorsed and argued for by the Chamber of Commerce," he said.

"The future of our city must increasingly be as a high skilled, high income, high value added economy, which majors in the digital and creative sectors. This is embodied by Fujitsu's presence and expansion, just as it is by other large local employers Seagate, Allstate and Kofax, as well as many other smaller and expanding local businesses that operate in this sector.

"It is the growth of this sector, supported by an increase in the number of locally qualified graduates and other skilled workers that specialise in the digital and creative disciplines, that will provide a prosperous economy for our city."

Pictured above on the recent trade mission to Japan are Alastair Hamilton from Invest NI, President Masami Yamamoto of Fujitsu, First Minister Peter Robinson, deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, Fujitsu Corporate Vice President Akihisa Kamata, and Greg McDaid, Director for Northern Ireland at Fujitsu UK & Ireland.

 

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