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Highly paid IT jobs coming to Belfast

Sixty highly paid jobs are to be created when a major tech company opens a new IT centre in Northern Ireland.

Ammeon, which has its headquarters in Dublin, is setting up a service delivery centre in Belfast.

The posts will have an average salary of over £50,000 and will generate an additional £3.5 million to the local economy.

Alastair Hamilton, CEO of Invest Northern Ireland (NI) which contributed £600,000, said: "This sizeable investment by Ammeon reinforces the calibre of skilled IT resources available in Northern Ireland and our reputation for world class expertise in software development.

"Ammeon's new Belfast centre will help drive the development of its Cloud and Automation service offerings and complement the work of existing companies in Northern Ireland's IT sector."

Ammeon offers DevOps, Cloud and Automation services to customers in the financial services, telecommunications, automotive, transportation sectors as well as to government organisations.

The new posts will be recruited in 2019.

Fred Jones, CEO of Ammeon, said: " The availability of software engineering talent combined with a cost-competitive environment and Invest NI support encouraged us to establish our service delivery centre in Northern Ireland."

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Boeing 'could jeopardise UK trade links' - Fallon

Sir Michael Fallon warned Boeing that its behaviour could risk lucrative defence contracts with the UK Credit: Presseye

Boeing's behaviour in a US trade dispute with Bombardier, which threatens thousands of jobs in Belfast, could jeopardise its trading relationship with the Government, Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has warned.

A complaint by Boeing has seen the US Department of Commerce propose a 220% tariff on the sale of Bombardier's new C Series jets - an aircraft whose wings are made in Belfast.

Sir Michael delivered a stark message to Boeing that such a stance could risk lucrative defence contracts with the UK.

He said: "Boeing is a major defence partner and one of the big winners of the latest defence review so this is not the kind of behaviour we expect from a long-term partner."

He added: "Boeing stand to gain a lot of British defence spending. We have contracts in place with Boeing for new maritime patrol aircraft and for Apache attack helicopters and they will also be bidding for other defence work and this kind of behaviour clearly could jeopardise our future relationship with Boeing."

Sir Michael was on a scheduled visit to another major employer in Belfast - Harland and Wolff shipyards, which is on a site adjacent to Bombardier in the city's docklands.

He said the UK wanted to see the dispute resolved through a negotiated settlement.

"We want a long-term partnership with Boeing but that has to be two way," he said.

Sir Michael added the UK would be putting renewed pressure on the Trump administration.

"We will be redoubling our efforts to bring about a negotiated settlement that avoids the kind of punitive action which would cost jobs here in Belfast." he said.

John Lewis Sprucefield store would ‘take £50m investment from Belfast’

A John Lewis store in Belfast city centre it would be a catalyst in attracting more high-end retailers, according to a report shown to UTV.

Experts have also told Belfast City Council that if the department store was to go to Sprucefield - it would take almost £50m of investment out of the city.

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