Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster with David Mawhinney of Equiniti ICS

A BELFAST information technology firm is creating 45 new jobs.

Equiniti ICS, which offers payroll services, made the announcement as part of plans to expand its operations and break into new markets.

It currently employs 270 staff in Belfast and a further 100 in India.

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said: “Equiniti ICS is one of our most successful IT software and services companies and its ongoing success is reflected in this expansion plan.

“The ICT sector is an important driver for the economy and it is encouraging to see companies investing in growth even in these difficult times.”

Support of £180,000 has been provided from the Jobs Fund, and Invest NI has also offered £95,000 towards the move.

Ms Foster continued: “The jobs are being supported by Invest Northern Ireland’s Jobs Fund which was set up to help companies create jobs quickly.

“The target is to create 4,000 jobs through the Jobs Fund by 2014. Invest NI is also helping the company target new vertical markets, which is essential for continued growth.”

David Mawhinney, Managing Director of Equiniti ICS, said the move will help the company expand into new markets.

He said: “Our strategy for growth includes targeting larger payroll outsourcing deals in the private sector, and becoming the largest private sector supplier of payroll services to the NHS.

“To support this we needed more staff in our payroll division and the support from Invest NI has allowed us to put those staff in place quickly and to carry out extensive marketing activity to help us break into new markets.”

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