153 NI tech jobs on the way as US firm Workrise invests in Belfast

  • Photo: CEO and co-founder of Workrise, Xuan Yong

    US workforce management company, Workrise is setting up a technology engineering centre in Belfast, and plans to create 153 new tech jobs over the next four years. 

    The Texas-based firm will contribute £6.8m in wages to the Northern Ireland economy once all the roles are in place, according to Invest NI, who are offering £994,500 of support towards their creation.

    The positions will include opportunities for graduates and recruitment is already underway, with circa 30 staff in place, who are currently working remotely across NI. 

    Roles include Backend developers, Frontend and DevOps, along with Product Management and Programme Management roles.

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    Workrise provides a full-service workforce solution, matching skilled labour contractors to companies that require staff for time bound projects, starting out in 2014 in the oil and gas industry. 

    CEO and co-founder, Xuan Yong said: “Over the last couple of years, we’ve broadened our reach to companies and trade workers in the solar, wind, commercial construction and defense industries. We now plan to continue our expansion into new markets over the coming years.

    “By automating the process of matching workers to companies, we bring technology-backed efficiencies across recruiting, logistics, operations and payments which ultimately reduce the operational costs for the business.”

    He added that Northern Ireland was selected as the location for Workrise's new centre based on the "high-quality software engineers with industry skills, along with a strong pipeline of graduates from Northern Ireland’s local universities".

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    Economy Minister Gordon Lyons said the jobs will all pay "salaries above the average annual wage for the private sector". 

    “We want post-COVID Northern Ireland to be stronger than before," he added. "We want our people to develop the skills of the future and our businesses to be resilient, innovative, sustainable and competitive.

    “One of the ways we can achieve this is to attract new investment and create high-value employment. I am therefore very pleased to announce this latest new investment into Northern Ireland."

    Kevin Holland, CEO at Invest NI added that “Northern Ireland has a well-developed and growing ICT sector."

    "We collaborate with partners across Northern Ireland to continue developing the talent that businesses like Workrise look for," he commented.

    "New investors with novel technology ideas and solutions offer excellent potential for knowledge transfer, career progression and sector development – enhancing Northern Ireland’s world-class reputation in this field."

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