Posted on Thursday 8 May 2014 by Ulster Business

Capita IT new job creation

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.

Photo by Simon Graham/Harrison Photography

Just one year after taking over one of Northern Ireland's most well-known IT companies, Capita Managed IT Solutions has announced plans to create 400 jobs at its Newtownabbey base.

A mix of graduate and more experienced hires, the IT-focused roles will command an average salary of around £34,000 a year at the business which was formally known as Northgate Managed Services.

The move is part of a £29.9m investment by Capita, £4m of which has come from Invest Ni and £1.2m from the Department of Employment and Learning (DEL) through its Assured Skills Programme.

Some of the new hires will start in a matter of weeks but the full complement of additional workers will be added in the next three years and will take total headcount at the company to 945.

Ed Brown, managing director of Capita Managed IT Solutions, said: "The business 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 DEL 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."

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