Wurkhouse to create 30 digital jobs in Derry

Alastair Hamilton (right), Invest NI, pictured with Troy Armour, Wurkhouse.
Alastair Hamilton (right), Invest NI, pictured with Troy Armour, Wurkhouse.

Derry-based technology firm Wurkhouse is to create 30 digital marketing jobs as part of ambitious expansion plans to help it grow its export sales.

Wurkhouse - which is located in the Innovation Centre at Fort George - provides innovative marketing solutions to a wide range of clients based both locally and outside of Northern Ireland.

The new roles will include a range of designers, web developers, SEO and social media roles and will increase the company’s employment to 49 staff over the next three years.

In 2015, Wurkhouse received assistance from Invest NI of £24,000 to help with developing its design team.

Troy Armour, CEO of Wurkhouse, says: “We are focused on becoming the leading digital agency in Northern Ireland through our export driven growth strategy. The advice and support we have received from Invest NI is helping us to scale quickly and has been vital to our ongoing growth and development.

“We play an integral role in the success of many of our clients and we believe that this success comes from our experienced staff and in-depth knowledge of the digital sector.

“We are confident that the North West region has the skills base we need to enhance our team, which will help us to achieve our ambitious plans for growth over the next three years and beyond.”

The new jobs, says Troy Armour, are for Wurkhouse calls “Creative Intelligents”.

“We seek two core attributes when hiring,” he says. “Intelligence and passion. So, we are looking for people with intelligence, who have a passion for what they do. This helps us deliver smart solutions for our clients and their passion is carried over into the delivery. It is like that old adage - cooking with love just makes the food taste better.”

Welcoming the investment, Invest Northern Ireland’s Chief Executive, Alastair Hamilton added: “Wurkhouse is a young and innovative business with high growth potential. The 30 jobs being created will contribute over £780,000 in additional annual salaries to the economy and offer excellent employment opportunities in the local area.

“The Creative Industries sector has been identified in Derry City & Strabane District Council’s Strategic Growth Plan as a priority sector for future economic growth andprosperity.

“Wurkhouse is a great example of a successful firm that is making a valuable contribution to that plan and providing local job opportunities for the talented workforce in the North West.”