Belfast, Northern Ireland – October 8th, 2020

IT Service Provider Version 1 today announced the establishment of a Digital Development Hub in Belfast and the creation of 70 specialist IT jobs.

The Digital Development Hub will service increased customer demand for Digital and Cloud solutions and services from local and global customers in both public and private sectors. Having first established a presence in Belfast in 2012, the expansion will support Version 1’s continued growth strategy creating 70 new roles by October 2021 and bringing the local headcount to 200 employees.

The announcement comes on the back of a strong deals pipeline into 2021 and a number of new wins including a nearshore development contract with a global wealth management company operating across 28 countries headquartered in London. The company is actively recruiting talent to join the Digital Development Hub with roles for Cloud-Native Software Developers; Test Automation Specialists; Site Reliability, Data, Platform and DevOps Engineers; Service Designers; Product and Delivery Managers and Scrum Masters.

Tom O’ Connor, CEO of Version 1 spoke of the company’s continued commitment to employment and investment in the region:

“This is an exciting time for Version 1 in Northern Ireland as we continue to invest in local tech and IT talent who can help our customers accelerate their digital transformation.  Having opened our Belfast office just eight years ago, the Version 1 Northern Ireland team has really exceeded all ambitions through incremental growth and exceptional performance. The team also works closely with local schools, universities and other agencies in establishing routes for under-represented groups and non-IT people to start a career in IT throughout Northern Ireland. The 70 new joiners will join at an exciting time for the Northern Ireland team, with several new customer projects in the pipeline. We look forward to welcoming the new starters to the Version 1 team.”

Lorna McAdoo, Head of Operations NI, commented:

“Version 1 provides innovative services to make a real difference to our customers’ businesses in Belfast and it’s fantastic to see the company continue to grow in the region. Today’s announcement is strong evidence that Customers are impressed with both the quality of the technical skills in Belfast and also the economies of scale that an operation such as Belfast can deliver for them. The new Hub represents our ongoing commitment to our clients and community, the availability of IT talent in the region and our ambition to be one of the most successful IT companies in Northern Ireland.”