Northern Ireland

Allstate announces 650 jobs for Northern Ireland

Media captionThe firm says it will create 650 jobs over the next three years

The American insurance company, Allstate, has said it will create 650 jobs at its Northern Ireland operation over the next three years.

The firm currently employs 1,900 people at its premises in Belfast, Londonderry and Strabane.

Almost 200 of the software development, software testing, infrastructure services and analytics posts have already been filled.

The remaining 450 will be recruited by 2016.

Allstate Northern Ireland was established in Belfast in 1998 and provides high quality software development services and high end business solutions.

First Minister Peter Robinson said the jobs announcement "by a top Fortune 100 company sends out a clear and unequivocal message to international investors to have confidence in Northern Ireland".

BBC Northern Ireland business editor Jim Fitzpatrick said: "This is the biggest single software jobs investment since devolution was restored in 2007.

"Invest Northern Ireland is offering just over £4.5m of support. It will deliver £20m a year in additional salaries."

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