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20,000 IT Jobs For Northern Ireland Within Next Decade

29 May 2013

20,000 IT Jobs For Northern Ireland Within Next Decade

Momentum, the trade association for information and communication technology in Northern Ireland, says that as many as 20,000 new IT jobs could be created in the region over the course of the next five to ten years.

With big companies like Deloitte creating 177 IT opportunities in Belfast and Allstate adding over 600 new positions, the wider area of Northern Ireland could generate thousands of new positions in the industry says Rob McConnell, the chairman of the Momentum organisation.

“The recent fantastic announcements from Deloitte and Allstate show what can be achieved, but what we are talking about here is a step change in Northern Ireland's ability to cope with, and benefit from, the massive opportunity which exists to create substantial new employment in the sector,” said Mr McConnell.

The Momentum chairman added that there are currently over 1,000 IT jobs in Northern Ireland which are still looking to be filled.

There are over 250 businesses represented by Momentum NI, and together they employ over 15,000 members of staff in the IT industry. If Mr McConnell’s predictions prove accurate, then the sector will more than double its headcount in the next decade.

Minister for Employment and Learning in Northern Ireland, Stephen Farry, said that the Information and Communication Technology sector was ‘crucial’ to the economy of the area; so much so that a complete ICT action plan is being drawn up to make sure that jobs in the industry are created and filled by quality staff.

“[ICT] is the driving force of a globally competitive economy, underpinning innovation, competitiveness and long term prosperity. I am committed to supporting the sector and to developing the skilled workforce that the sector needs to grow and flourish,” said Mr Farry.

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