AquaQ Analytics to create 123 jobs in Belfast

  • Belfast-based tech firm AquaQ Analytics is creating 123 new jobs as part of a £8.3m investment, the Department for the Economy announced yesterday.

    The business specialises in high speed, time sensitive database solutions. It provides Big Data expertise to blue-chip clients across multiple industries, including specialist data management, data analytics and data mining services.

    Recruitment is underway with 35 of the jobs in place. Roles still to be recruited include software engineers, Kdb+/q developers as well as Data and Business Analysts. These are opportunities for graduates and experienced hires with all employees currently working remotely from home.

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    Economy Minister Diane Dodds said that “once all are in place, the jobs will contribute over £3.2m of annual salaries to the Northern Ireland economy”.

    She added: “This significant reinvestment by AquaQ Analytics is welcome news as we work to rebuild the economy post-pandemic. The potential of our digital sector was at the core of my recently published medium term economic recovery plan.

    “'Rebuilding a Stronger Economy' sets out a framework to deliver higher paying jobs, a highly skilled workforce and a more regionally balanced economy. It is through projects like AquaQ Analytics that we can being to realise this ambition.

    “Big Data is a rapidly growing area of Northern Ireland’s tech sector. It is important to utilise and optimise data to obtain valuable business information that will help to revive industry sectors like hospitality and tourism following Covid-19.”

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    Jonny Press, Chief Technology Officer at AquaQ Analytics, continued: “The area of Big Data technology is something that we recognise will be of great importance to the wider tech sector, particularly as companies look at new ways to innovate due to Covid-19.

    “As part of this, we are excited to be involved in the Girona collaborative growth programme supported by Invest NI, and bring our Big Data expertise to NI’s first smart micro-grid energy project.”

    Since establishing in Northern Ireland back in 2011, Invest NI said it has worked with the company to support its growth, resulting in AquaQ Analytics winning numerous contracts in global markets. It is now offering the company £861,000 of support towards the creation of the new jobs.

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