Posted on Tuesday 12 August 2014 by Ulster Business
Arlene Foster is pictured with, left, Stephen Wheeler, MD SSE Airtricity and, right, Alastair Hamilton, Chief Executive, Invest NI.
An energy company is creating nearly 150 call centre jobs in Belfast as it opens a new headquarters in the city.
SSE Airtricity already employs 98 staff at its two Northern Ireland offices but will be moving them to a new building on Great Victoria Street where the 143 new starts will also be based.
The roles - a mixture of customer service, sales and administrative support – will command annual salaries of around £18,000 a year when worked out against the total salary bill of £2.7m a year.
Enterprise minister Arlene Foster said Northern Ireland was one of a number of potential locations for SSE’s base.
“Invest Northern Ireland has offered almost £700,000 of support for the jobs and associated training through its Skills Growth Programme and this was a key element in attracting the new jobs to Belfast,” she said. “The proposed training includes recognised qualifications through City and Guilds and IICM, which will enhance the skills pool in Northern Ireland.”
Stephen Wheeler, SSE Airtricity Managing Director, said it was the people and the development agency’s support which helped seal the deal.
“We chose Northern Ireland because of the talented, youthful, enthusiastic and capable workforce that is available here and which has already played such a vital role in our business growth to date in Northern Ireland. The support of Invest NI will help us to continue to invest in developing our talent pool with both our existing workforce as well as for the new roles that we will create.”