Posted on Wednesday 26 November 2014 by Ulster Business

German software company sqs creates 30 jobs

Pictured with the Minister is Rob McConnell, Market Director SQS Northern Ireland and Phil Codd, Managing Director SQS Ireland.

A German software company has created 30 new jobs at its bases in Belfast and Londonderry.

The expansion by SQS group will take the firm’s total headcount in Northern Ireland to 82 by 2017 and is the second reinvestment since setting up base here in 2008.

The posts will pay an average salary of £37,500 a year and be focused around software development and testing.

Invest NI has offered £210,000 of support to aid the expansion, helping Northern Ireland see off competition from other regions for the business, according to Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster.

“I understand that the SQS directors evaluated a number of other locations for this investment before selecting Northern Ireland because of the quality of our data communications infrastructure, the availability of skilled IT resources and Invest Northern Ireland’s support,” she said.

Rob McConnell, Director with SQS NI, said the quality of recruits the company has already taken on has been impressive.

“We are very well positioned in Belfast and the North West from a technical skills and service delivery perspective to take advantage of the global opportunity for DevOps,” he said. “This is a growing enterprise capability that many of our blue chip clients are engaging with SQS to support. We’ve been very happy with the calibre of software engineers that we’ve been able to recruit in Northern Ireland with proactive support from Invest NI.

“We are confident that the Development Operations Centres will continue to support our growth and ensure that we remain a global leader in the provision of quality software services.”

The jobs will be located between SQS’ Development Operations Centres within the Northern Ireland Science Parks in Belfast and Londonderry.

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