US tech firm picks Belfast for European base, creating 168 new jobs

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  • US tech firm Bazaarvoice, is to set up a new multimillion pound European base in Belfast, creating 168 new jobs for Northern Ireland.

    The Texas based technology company specialises in consumer-generated content (CGC), advertising, and personalisation solutions. Customers include well known brands; Argos, Debenhams, and Philips.

    Its customer review software allows retailers and brands to collect and use consumer reviews, including product ratings, social media posts, photos and video, to influence purchasing decisions, both online and offline.

    The 168 new jobs will be in areas of software engineering, support, quality assurance, and sales, with the majority of roles technical based. The company plans to fill the positions in Belfast over the next three years.

    The average salary for the new roles will be over £32,000, and it is expected, that once fully operational nearly £5.5m in annual salaries will be generated into the Northern Ireland economy.

    Gary Allison, Executive Vice President of Engineering at Bazaarvoice, said: “I am very excited to be announcing our investment in Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland was able to offer high quality technical staff with relevant industry skills, as well as a stable ICT sector, to support our growth plans. We were also impressed by the low staff turnover rates here.

    “We are also working closely with the Department for the Economy and will be launching an Assured Skills training programme to support non-IT graduates to get the relevant ICT knowledge needed to work for us.”

    The company has been offered £1.3 million of government support towards the new jobs and skills development.

    Alastair Hamilton, Invest Northern Ireland CEO said: “We fought off stiff competition to secure this project for Northern Ireland. Not only is this great for our ICT sector but will provide excellent employment opportunities for unemployed, graduates and experienced staff.”

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