ASOS to create 184 tech jobs in Northern Ireland

ASOS is set to create 184 new tech jobs in Northern Ireland over the next three years.

The jobs will come as part of a £14 million investment in a new technology hub in Belfast, which Northern Ireland’s Economy Minister Gordon Lyons said will be operational in early 2022.

Recruitment for the tech hub has already begun at a variety of levels and job functions according to Lyons, including engineering and data science roles.

The Tech Hub will offer 52 dedicated roles in the first year, growing to 184 by 2024.

Regional economic development agency Invest Northern Ireland has been working with ASOS since 2017 and has provided almost £1.2 million of support towards the new software engineering roles.

ASOS is currently the UK’s number one online only retailer, its sales grew 19 per cent year-on-year to £3.2 billion for the year ending 28 February.

“We’re continually investing in our technology capabilities,” said ASOS chief executive Nick Beighton. “Our new hub will provide us with tech expertise to support future growth.”

He added: “Belfast has a wealth of tech talent and we’re excited to be establishing a permanent base in such a vibrant city.”

“Once in place, the new jobs will contribute almost £6.5 million in additional annual salaries to the local economy,” said Northern Ireland economy minister Gordon Lyons. “Of the new roles, 130 will participate in my department’s pre-employment Assured Skills training programme which will offer the company a pipeline of skilled people over the next three years.”

He added: “The first Assured Skills Academy with ASOS focusing on data engineering and being delivered by South Eastern Regional College, is open for applications now – I urge anyone who is interested and eligible to apply for this exciting opportunity.”

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