Northern Ireland

Belfast software firm Metaswitch 'to create 94 jobs'

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Image caption The project would contribute approximately £3.3m a year in wages to Northern Ireland's economy, said Simon Hamilton

A UK software firm is to create up to 94 jobs with a new base in Belfast.

Metaswitch makes software for the telecoms industry.

The Belfast jobs will be a mixture of research and development and technical support roles, with average salaries of £27,500.

The project is being supported with government grants of £800,000. The firm will create 25 jobs over the next four months, with the remaining posts being added over three years.

'Highly-educated people'

Once fully operational, the project would contribute approximately £3.3m a year in wages to Northern Ireland's economy, said Minister for the Economy Simon Hamilton.

"Once again, our pool of highly educated people has attracted a new investor to Northern Ireland," he said.

"The involvement of Invest NI and my Department has secured this highly attractive mobile project for Northern Ireland."

Mr Hamilton has also launched a 'Metaswitch Academy', which will see 20 graduates undertake an intensive nine-week training programme at Belfast Metropolitan College.

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