85 new software jobs for Belfast
A total of 85 jobs are to be created in Northern Ireland by a major Indian information technology company.
L&T Infotech has announced it will establish a European software development and maintenance centre in Belfast.
The jobs, from graduate level to highly experienced software engineers and software developers, will be created over the next three years.
The new Belfast centre will be located in the Northern Ireland Science Park.
Enterprise minister Arlene Foster said it was estimated that "when fully implemented" it would "generate annual salaries of £2.9m".
"This significant investment by a global company reflects its recognition that Northern Ireland is a value for money location with a highly skilled workforce and excellent IT infrastructure," she said.
"This mobile investment was not an easy win, but Invest Northern Ireland succeeded in securing it for Northern Ireland against direct competition from the US, the Philippines and South America.
"Developing Northern Ireland's ICT sector is one of Invest NI's priorities and attracting this kind of high quality investment strengthens our international reputation for IT excellence."
L&T Infotech is a global provider of IT services and solutions, with about 12,000 employees worldwide.
Invest Northern Ireland has offered £891,000 of support for the investment in Belfast.
Mr Sudip Banerjee of L&T Infotech, said the new centre would be strategically important for the company's plans "to increase global capacity".
"The centre will also support both European and other global clients," he said.
"We are confident that we will find in Northern Ireland the technical and professional skills that we need and we look forward to developing our presence here."