Connected Health, a homecare provider in Belfast, is offering a £100 sign-up bonus to new employees

Connected Health, a homecare provider in Belfast, is offering a £100 sign-up bonus to new employees

Connected Health, a home care provider, has announced a 4% increase in hourly pay to £10 per hour as part of a challenge to hire 100 care workers in a week.

Connected Health, based in Belfast, also stated that it is offering a separate £100 “sign-up bonus” to every care worker it hires this month, with the new hire then required to stay for at least three months.

The company stated that its recruitment drive was intended to address a staffing crisis in the industry. It plans to hire “hundreds” of new caregivers across Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, and the United Kingdom over the next year. The company also announced a “significant” pay increase from £9.50 to £10 per hour, which it claims will make its employees “the best-paid care workers in Northern Ireland.”

When its carers began receiving a minimum hourly wage of £9.50 an hour earlier this year, Connected Health said it became the first home care company in Northern Ireland to pay the Real Living Wage.

According to Director Ryan Williams, there is a growing need for home care on both sides of the border.

“The NHS and the HSE are facing the same issue — the need for more people to be discharged from hospital.

“As a sector, we require many more carers working on the ground in their communities to help achieve that.

“Currently health services are experiencing winter pressures in the middle of summer and drastic action is needed to meet the substantially increased demand for home care workers.

“We are answering the call and this initiative is designed as much to raise awareness of the seriousness of the situation, as it is to help address it by increasing staff numbers.”

He claimed that the company could “easily” provide jobs for 1,000 qualified applicants, and that “the situation is the same right around the care sector on the island of Ireland and in the United Kingdom.”

Mr. Williams added: “Many more carers are needed on the ground today in their local areas, supporting vulnerable local people who need assistance to ensure they can live comfortably at home, as per their wishes.

“By doing this, they will be vastly improving the quality of life of those who wish to remain in their own homes, while also relieving the pressures on our struggling hospitals and stretched health services.

“We have to find the new capacity to meet the increasing needs of communities.”

Version 1 Recruitment Drive Launches in Northern Ireland

Version 1 Recruitment Drive Launches in Northern Ireland

Version 1 has announced a recruitment drive in Northern Ireland for all levels of technology-related positions due to significant growth. Version 1 continues to pioneer transformative IT solutions for global brands that drive significant, long-term customer success in this digital-first era of remote working.

Version 1 has seen tremendous growth in recent years, particularly in Northern Ireland, where they saw a significant increase in demand and growth across our customer base.

Customers include DAERA, Almac, Rural Payments Agency, Harrow Council, Ofgem, and major NHS organizations, to name a few. These organizations see Version 1 as their primary trusted technology development and digital transformation partner, and they are looking for talented technologists to join their team.

Their expansion is expected to accelerate further in 2021 and beyond. This has prompted the company to launch a recruitment drive for a wide range of positions in Development, Engineering, QA, Design, Platform, Data, Delivery, and other areas. If you want to join a strong company that is on a mission to make a real difference with IT, please register your interest in the current and upcoming positions here.

Version 1 is an IT Consulting and Outsourced Managed Services Company. Version 1 delivers technology-enabled solutions and services that transform its customers’ businesses. The Company delivers large-scale business transformation and product implementation projects, from business case to support, for leading insurance organizations. Version 1 is enabling access to better business information for leading retailers, increasing efficiency through high-impact and value-for-money solutions for public sector customers, supporting new market entry for leading utility companies, designing data platforms for business agility for national airlines, and much more.

EZ Living has created 25 new Belfast jobs

EZ Living has created 25 new Belfast jobs

After investing in a 9,000 square foot warehouse, furniture retailer EZ Living Interiors has created 25 new jobs in Belfast.

EZ Living Interiors will use the warehouse in Channel Commercial Park in Titanic Quarter for deliveries throughout Northern Ireland as well as custom collections. Amazon, which has a 411,000 square foot warehouse at Channel Commercial Park, is one of its neighbors.

“A central warehouse means our customers can easily collect smaller items six days a week, making our services more accessible to families whose free time is precious given the difficult times we find ourselves in,” said Oliver Campbell, store manager at EZ Living Interiors.

“We’ve invested in six delivery vans and three container lorries to ensure that furniture is delivered quickly and efficiently.

“Covid-19 has been a strain on everyone but at EZ Living Interiors we used the time as an opportunity to improve our customer experience, including better order fulfillment on our product range to ensure that our customers can have what they want quickly and easily.”

Belfast is home to two locations of the Irish furniture retailer.

Lisa McAteer, director at commercial property agency CBRE NI, secured the letting on behalf of landlord Titanic Quarter.

She said: “We are thrilled to have helped facilitate this extremely exciting phase of expansion for EZ Living Interiors, as the business up-scales to a new fulfillment and delivery facility in Belfast.

“There has been increased competition for industrial and logistics units in Northern Ireland over the last year due to Covid-19 and the surge in online retailing, which has led to a demand for manufacturing, storage, and distribution space.”

Titanic Quarter Ltd commercial director James Eyre stated that the park’s “strategic” location was a key deciding factor for EZ Living Interiors.
“They join several existing local, national, and international occupiers in the park,” says the park’s manager.

30 new jobs for Belfast as digital company Auxillion expands

30 new jobs for Belfast as digital company Auxillion expands

As part of a major expansion on the island of Ireland, a digital services company has announced the creation of 30 jobs in Belfast.

Auxilion is hiring 110 people, with 80 of them based in its Dublin office.

It comes on the heels of Almac’s announcement that it will hire 100 new employees in the north west over the next three years.

Auxilion, led by Philip Maguire, has stated that it intends to increase revenue from £35 million to more than £50 million over the next three years.

The company will be hiring for technical positions as well as project and program managers across divisions such as networking, digital workplace, consulting, and managed services. The new roles, according to the company, will drive digital transformation projects for customers such as health care and government agencies.

The expansion comes after a restructuring of operations, with senior executives relocating to build the company’s consulting business.

Mr. Maguire, the company’s founder and CEO, stated, “The pandemic has increased the rollout of digital transformation and IT change management projects, while also accelerating many organizations’ innovation strategies.”

“However, because these were implemented in such a short period of time, long-term planning and procedural governance were lacking.”

“As a result, organizations must review and re-engineer their approaches to ensure that they continue to support business objectives.”

Almac announced yesterday that it plans to hire 100 new employees over the next three years for a new facility in Derry. It has now begun hiring for a variety of project management and software engineering positions at all levels.

It stated that prior experience in the pharmaceutical industry was not required because full on-the-job training would be provided.

Almac, which performs contract development and manufacturing, now employs over 5,600 people in 18 locations around the world.

It employs 3,600 people at its Craigavon headquarters.

“We are experiencing significant growth and have a need to support our many clients around the world,” said CEO Alan Armstrong.

“With significant technological advancement, we are fortunate to be able to locate our employees wherever we choose, providing greater flexibility and access to our diverse range of services.”

“Given the skills pipeline coming from Ulster University at Magee and Coleraine, as well as the excellent choice of workspace available in the Derry/Londonderry area, we have decided to investigate this region as our next Almac location.”

He stated that the company was proud to have its global headquarters in Northern Ireland and to now be establishing itself in the north west.

The company is optimistic that it will be able to find the necessary number and quality of job applicants.


PwC Belfast announces 770 new jobs in £40m investment

PwC Belfast announces 770 new jobs in £40m investment

PwC, a professional services firm, has announced the creation of 771 jobs as part of a £40 million investment in a new advanced research and engineering center.

The investment, announced by new Economy Minister Paul Frew, will be phased in over the next five years, creating 771 jobs.

Invest Northern Ireland, the economic development agency, is contributing more than £9.8 million to the investment.

The new facility is located in Belfast and is part of PwC’s fastest-growing division, Operate.

Mr Frew stated, “PwC’s significant investment is a vote of confidence in our local workforce’s talent and the success it has already achieved here.”

“With almost £10m of support from Invest NI towards the new centre, this investment will lead to the creation of almost 800 new jobs which will generate approximately £25m in additional annual salaries for our economy.

“The new advanced research and engineering centre will drive future innovations in technology. It will enhance our reputation as a world leader in technology innovation and our capabilities in important research areas such as robotic process automation (RPA), workflow automation, data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI).”

He stated that areas such as RPA and AI were all highlighted in the 10X Economy, a strategy for economic growth first introduced by his predecessor, Diane Dodds, last month.

The center will be located at PwC’s new headquarters in Belfast’s Merchant Square, which was recently sold to a Saudi Arabian investment fund for £87 million, making it Northern Ireland’s largest ever office sale. The structure is scheduled to open later this summer.

It will create technology and data assets to assist clients, and recruitment for software engineering and other technology roles will begin immediately.

According to Ian McConnell, partner lead for PwC Operate, the center will be central to PwC’s future technology strategy.

“Our goal is to transform incredible ideas into technology that will solve complex business problems for the next decade and beyond.

“We’re creating a team of engineers and technologists who’ll work within a bigger innovation ecosystem, including government, academia and business, to help our clients take giant leaps, rather than incremental steps.

“It’s a huge statement of confidence from PwC UK’s Executive Board in both the Operate business and our local talent.

“The strength of our people has already enabled us to turn Operate into PwC’s fastest-growing division and I’m very proud that this gives us the opportunity to create hundreds more highly skilled jobs in Northern Ireland.”

The funding from wInvest NI will go towards 37 research and development projects in key technology areas such as RPA, workflow automation, AI, and data analytics.

It will also help to create 108 software and engineering jobs.

“We’ve been working with PwC since 2011 and, with our support, the local management have successfully positioned NI as a key hub for PwC UK, helping to grow its presence in Northern Ireland from 650 employees to over 2,500,” said Invest NI chief executive Kevin Holland.

“I am delighted that we have been able to secure the company’s further growth ambitions in Northern Ireland, with the research and engineering centre as the latest outcome of our working relationship.”

Hinduja Global Solutions UK, a company based in Northern Ireland, has announced the creation of 565 new jobs

Hinduja Global Solutions UK, a company based in Northern Ireland, has announced the creation of 565 new jobs

Economy Minister Diane Doods announced on Wednesday that a ‘business process management’ firm is creating 565 new jobs in Northern Ireland.

The news was revealed by the outgoing DUP minister during a meeting with representatives from Hinduja Global Solutions UK to announce the company’s plans. “We are a global provider of business process management (BPM) and customer experience management,” according to the company.

According to reports, HGS provides businesses with outsourcing services ranging from marketing and “digital enablement” services to “consumer interaction” services and platforms enabling back office business services.

The Minister said of the investment, “It is my pleasure to welcome HGS to Northern Ireland and announce this significant investment.” When fully implemented, a project of this size will provide a significant boost to our economy, generating additional annual salaries of around £10 million.

“The creation of over 560 jobs, all of which can be home-based, will provide job opportunities across the whole of Northern Ireland. This provides important employment options for those in rural communities and those who will be attracted to working from home through lifestyle or necessity.

“This also brings environmental benefits including reduced energy use and costs, along with less travelling for staff, less time away from home leading to improved work-life balance, less stress and more flexibility.”

Around 100 jobs are already in place, with people recruited from every council area in Northern Ireland.

Codec To Create 20 New Jobs in Belfast With £1.7m Investment

Codec To Create 20 New Jobs in Belfast With £1.7m Investment

As part of plans to boost exports, IT solutions consultancy firm Codec is investing over £ 1.7 million to expand its Belfast center with 20 new jobs.

The IT company has created roles for project managers, IT services consultants, technical support, and more with recruitment already started. This initiative is supported by an investment of £125,000 from Invest NI, the new roles will more than double Codec’s current headcount in Belfast. 

Codec’s headquarters are in Dublin, and they specialize in end-to-end IT infrastructure and technology solutions. They provide businesses with a ‘full-stack’ integrated platform for hardware, software, and database solutions to ensure that business IT operations run efficiently.

“We have shown a real resilience throughout the pandemic and have readily adapted our technology and ways of working to ensure our continued growth,” said John Molloy, Codec’s Northern Ireland Commercial Lead

“Our Belfast office is crucial to our sustained growth and the new team members will be at the forefront of delivering our global business strategy. By growing our workforce, we will add to our expertise and knowledge of analytics, cloud, and mobile technology, so that we can expand our customer offering. This will enable us to increase our export success in Great Britain, Germany, and the Nordics.

“Invest NI has been a valuable source of advice and support during our time in Northern Ireland. The high level of skills and talent we have secured since we established here was key in our decision to expand our global business from Belfast.”

The company, which has been expanding in recent years, first set up its Belfast office in 2016. Codec also has offices in Galway, Cork, London, Germany, and Poland, with more than 200 employees worldwide. Its clients include Microsoft, Dell, Zurich, AIB, Bank of Ireland, Dublin Airport, and Tourism NI.

George McKinney, director of technology and services at Invest NI, added that Codec’s expansion is “great news” for the region’s economic recovery in the wake of Covid-19.

“The digital sector will be a major driver in the recovery of the economy and the additional annual salaries of £900,000 are a welcome contribution towards this,” he said.

Recruitment is already underway for the new jobs at Codec. To learn more, visit the company’s careers portal here.

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