American software company to create 100 jobs in Belfast
An American software company is to create 100 jobs in Belfast as it sets up an engineering centre in the city, Oregon-based firm Puppet Labs promises “high quality” positions that will pay around £37,000 a year on average. The moves has been backed by £1 million from Invest Northern Ireland.
Puppet Labs develops software to allow companies to easily automate the configuration and management of machines and the software running on them. It means software businesses can make rapid, repeatable changes and automatically enforce the consistency of systems and devices across physical and virtual machines.
The company’s software is used by more than 20,000 organisations across the world including the likes of Cisco, CERN, Salesforce.com, Twitter and the London Stock Exchange.
The firm’s founder and CEO Luke Kanies said: “Puppet Labs has been growing rapidly as IT automation is critical for any company that uses technology to compete. This new centre will expand our engineering capacity to support our plans for growth, particularly in the European and Middle Eastern markets. Northern Ireland has strong software engineering talent and offers quality and cost advantages to support our growth. We are also looking forward to working closely with Invest NI to continue to develop the software industry in Northern Ireland.”
Enterprise minister Arlene Foster said: “Against competition from several other sites, Northern Ireland has again proved to be the location of choice for a global trading company with ambitious growth plans. Puppet Labs arrival in Northern Ireland is a further boost to our already strong ICT sector, which is playing a significant role in growing the local economy.”