Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster today announced that Kainos, the IT solutions company, is to create 82 high quality jobs in an expansion of its Belfast operation.

Invest Northern Ireland has offered £984,000 of support for the new posts, which include key software engineering, project management and sales roles.

Kainos specialises in the deployment and integration of Enterprise Content Management (ECM), Electronic Document Management (EDM), Workflow and Collaborative technologies. Global and local organisations rely on Kainos’ solutions and services to manage, underpin and improve their businesses and include the NSPCC, Home Office, Department for Transport, Aon, Aviva, eircom, Information Commissioners Office, The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology NHS Foundation Trust

Kainos currently employs over 320 people across its four sites and delivers IT solutions to a range of industries including healthcare, financial services and public sector.

Announcing the new jobs the Minister said: “Kainos is one of Northern Ireland’s largest locally owned, high-tech companies and this expansion reflects its ongoing success. These new jobs will pay salaries well above the Northern Ireland private sector average, delivering more than £3 million annually into the local economy.

“Invest NI has identified the IT sector as a key driver for economic growth and is keen to secure this kind of high quality investment for Northern Ireland. The company considered its other sites for these new jobs and the support offered by the agency was essential to securing them for Northern Ireland.”

Brendan Mooney, Managing Director of Kainos, said: “We have ambitious growth plans across our industry sectors and key to this is being able to recruit the very best people; we are delighted with Invest Northern Ireland’s support for our expansion plans here in Belfast.”