Speculation mounts about new jobs boost for Derry

Speculation continues to mount about a potential jobs boost for Derry.

Informed sources suggest that a major investment in the call centre sector is on the cards for the city.

Just weeks ago, it emerged that mobile phone giant EE is to bring 250 jobs back to Northern Ireland from overseas.

At that time, it was suggested that Derry - one of the worst unemployment blackspots in the North - could be in the running as a location for the new jobs.

It’s understood that an announcement on these jobs - believed to be mainly in customer support services - is expected in the very near future.

EE, also known as Everything Everywhere, combines the services of the T Mobile and Orange networks.

Back in October, the company took part in a round table discussion with British Prime Minister David Cameron about investing in Northern Ireland.

It is understood that the company has visited a number of locations in Northern Ireland, including in the north west.

One source locally said: “Any new investment in the city will be very timely. In recent times, Derry has suffered jobs blow after jobs blow.

“The creation of new jobs is always welcome news and, should a major operation be set up in the city, it will be a big boost to the local economy.”