289 jobs ‘absolutely brilliant for city’

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The US company which has brought almost 300 jobs to Derry hopes to make dozens of job offers within weeks, it has confirmed.

Texan Human Resources Outsourcing Company, OneSource Virtual, has already started recruitment and rerepsentatives said they hope to make around 50 job offers by the end of July.

The Mayor, Councillor Elisha McCallion, welcoming Bill Thompson, of One Source Virtual to the Guildhall for the jobs announcement on Thursday. DER2715-109KM

The Mayor, Councillor Elisha McCallion, welcoming Bill Thompson, of One Source Virtual to the Guildhall for the jobs announcement on Thursday. DER2715-109KM

All 289 jobs planned for Derry will be in place by December 2017 with most employees having the potential to earn £36,000 a year.

Company representatives were met by Enterprise Minister Simon Hamilton, Mayor Elisha McCallion and Derry & Strabane Council Chief Executive John Kelpie ahead of the announcement in the Guildhall yesterday.

Des Gartland, Manager of Invest NI’s North West Regional Office, said: “It’s an absolutely brilliant day of the city.

“The company will be setting up an outsourcing HR facility in the city the objective being to use that base for the European market.”

OneSource Advisory Board Member Bill Thomas said that Derry was chosen over other destinations for a range of reasons.

He said: “We looked for a talent pool and an education system that is going to feed us with candidates, and employees for the long term. The other dimension is we need employees to be with us for the long term, join us, build their careers and stay with us.

“Our voluntary turn over is less than 7%, we’re best in class at retaining our employees, but in order to retain them we need them to be in an environment where they aspire to live, they are culturally interested, there’s the opportunity to raise families, own houses, if those things are relevant to them. That makes Derry a great answer for us.”

Enterprise Minister Jonathan Bell told those gathered in the Guildhall that the announcement was “highly exciting and highly significant news” for the city.

“When the project is fully oerational it willcontribute £12m in salaries it the economy here annually,” he said, adding: “By establishing its European Operations Centre here in Northern Ireland, OneSource Virtual will be in a stronger position to target opportunities within the UK and Europe to expand sales.”

Derry & Strabane Council Chief Executive John Kelpie said the company was moving “very, very fast” with regards to setting up in Derry, adding that such high calibre jobs was “exactly the direction of travel for the city and district and new council”. Mr Kelpie added that companies already based here were “taking the message right across the world that the staff and the quality of the workforce and the dedication of the people of this city and region in their respective companies is something to promote.

“We have fantastic skills, fantastic people coupled with a beautiful environment in which to live, rear a family and enjoy the life and that combination is one the new council is packaging and selling right across the globe.”

Those seeking to apply for the new jobs ir seeking further information should go to: www.onesourcevirtualjobs.com.