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Ministers announce 300 jobs in multi-million pound investment

The investment by the company will see the creation of 300 work from home contact centre roles. Credit: Executive Office

The First and deputy First Ministers have announced 300 home based jobs in a multi-million pound investment by Sensée.

Sensée works with many well-known brands, including Bupa, Hastings Direct, and Allianz, providing services and support for their customers.

The company's first-time investment into Northern Ireland will see the creation of 300 work from home contact centre roles.

The company say the creation of these jobs will "provide a unique opportunity for those facing barriers to work as a result of location, personal or family circumstances."

First Minister Arlene Foster and deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill were joined in making the announcement by the Economy Minister, Diane Dodds MLA.

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The First Minister has welcomed the announcement, reinforcing the Executive's commitment to job creation: “We are delighted today to announce 300 new jobs for Northern Ireland.

"Uniquely these are not limited by geography, they are accessible to everyone no matter where they live.

“As an Executive we are committed to strengthening our economy and commend Invest Northern Ireland for their work to secure this significant investment.”

The deputy First Minister echoed the commitments made by the First Minister, highlighting the importance of equality of opportunity in terms of job creation: “We are committed to working together to bring about prosperity for all our people.

"Creating employment opportunities is an important part of this, as is working to remove the barriers faced by many people to get into employment. This includes people with disabilities or caring responsibilities.

Michelle O'Neill also confirmed that Invest NI has offered £900,000 of support towards the jobs, which Sensée intend to create by 2022.

Sensée currently employ 700 staff across the UK, all of whom work from home.

The company say they are looking to fill the 300 positions over the coming months.

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