London software firm Igale to create 100 jobs in new Belfast tech hub

The Catalyst innovation hub in Belfast's Titanic Quarter.
Ryan McAleer

A LONDON software company has announced plans to create 100 new tech jobs in a year in Belfast

Igale, which specialises in bespoke software projects for the construction, aircraft maintenance and defence industries, said it intends doubling the figure in the ensuing two years.

Formed in London in 2015, the company has already established its base in the south east in England, with a staff largely made up of remote workers.

Igale said it is in the process of establishing its new Belfast technology centre in the Titanic Quarter with the help of the Catalyst innovation hub.

Its initial goal will be the recruitment of 100 highly skilled IT staff inside the first 12 months.

Founder and director Kevin Harris said the firm had been drawn to Belfast by the pipeline of skilled tech workers developed through the local universities and apprenticeship schemes.

He said the Belfast operation would initially work on progressing the company’s software as a service (SaaS) solutions.

Mr Harris said there would also be opportunities across Igale’s existing portfolio of businesses, as well as opportunities to develop new businesses.

“Igale has explored multiple locations for the next stage of our journey, and none has been as obvious a fit as Belfast.

“We are looking to create 100 highly skilled IT jobs over the next 12 months, and double that number over the next two years with further jobs being created over the coming five years,” said the director.

“These roles will include development, project management, human resource, sales and client engagement, customer success etc.”

Mr Harris said the tech firm can already see opportunities to expand further across the north. He said Igale will work with local businesses to bring ideas to life with agile developed solutions.

“The management team has very much enjoyed working with local businesses and is keen to explore the wonderful landscape and culture, contributing to the local northern Irish society and economy,” he added.

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