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Puppet Labs: US software firm creates 100 jobs in Belfast

Luke Kanies, CEO and founder of Puppet Labs Image copyright DETI
Image caption Luke Kanies, CEO and founder of Puppet Labs, said Northern Ireland had strong software engineering talent

Puppet Labs, a US software company, is creating 100 jobs in Belfast with the establishment of an engineering centre.

The firm works in the field of development operations, which involves creating software that allows IT system administrators to automate tasks.

Puppet Labs software is used by firms like eBay, Bank of America and Cisco to configure and manage their IT infrastructure.

Invest NI is supporting the project with a grant of £1m.

Recruitment is already underway and the jobs are expected to be filled over the next three years.

They will pay total annual salaries of £3.7m, suggesting a crude average of £37,000 each.

'Growing rapidly'

The firm employs 320 people worldwide, mainly at its headquarters in Portland, Oregon.

Its backers include Google's investment division, Google Ventures.

The company was founded by Luke Kanies, who spent part of his childhood growing up on a hippie commune in rural Tennessee.

He said: "Puppet Labs has been growing rapidly, as IT automation is critical for any company that uses technology to compete.

"This new centre will expand our engineering capacity to support our plans for growth, particularly in the European and Middle Eastern markets.

"Northern Ireland has strong software engineering talent and offers quality and cost advantages to support our growth."

Northern Ireland's Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said Puppet Labs had chosen Belfast despite competition from several other sites.

She described the firm's investment as "a further boost to our already strong ICT sector, which is playing a significant role in growing the local economy".

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