A £12 million investment in the Fujitsu operation in Derry - which will bring 192 jobs to the city - has been widely welcomed in the city today.
The announcement was made at a visit to the Timber Quay offices this morning by Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter Robinson, Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster and other stakeholders.
The move will see Fujitsu establish a new Business Services Centre at its existing site and will bring the total number of company employees in Northern Ireland to more than 1,000 across four locations in Belfast, Antrim and Derry. It was announced that 177 of those jobs will be full-time positions and there will also be 15 business apprenticeships up for grabs.
The move is being supported by more than £990,000 funding from Invest Northern Ireland towards the full-time positions and the jobs will be created over the course of the next three years.
Foyle MP Mark Durkan welcomed the announcement saying: “This is a much needed jobs boost to the North West economy. It has been won in no small part because of the productivity and performance of the existing workforce.
“They deserve our thanks for earning these new jobs by proving our capacity to serve the business needs of a market leading international company.”
“It is right to commend the local management team, in particular, for leading the success that today’s announcement represents.”
Sinn Fein MLA Maeve McLaughlin has welcomed the announcement as “a major boost for the Derry economy”.
“Martin McGuinness and Peter Robinson have just returned from Japan where among other business leaders they met with Fujitsu’s President Masami Yamamoto. I have no doubt that this meeting helped to cement this decision,” Ms McLaughlin said.
“It is noteworthy also, that the jobs to be created will be across a wide range of abilities including Business Support Services; Hosting of Network Services, End User Services, Business Applications Support, Finance and Human Resources. And Importantly 15 new Fujitsu Business Apprenticeships will form part of the 192 new jobs to be created.
“Opportunities to be created through this project will offer opportunities to those entering the workforce for the first time, apprentices and recent graduates, as well as long-term unemployed wishing to return to work.”