Asos has announced it is to invest £14m in a new Tech Hub in Belfast and create 184 new jobs over the next three years.
The new Belfast hub will be operational in early 2022, with 52 dedicated roles in the first year, growing to 184 by 2024, with recruitment already under way.
The company will recruit “across a range of levels and job functions”.
The project was secured by Invest Northern Ireland, who offered almost £1.2m of support towards the new software engineering roles, with the Department for the Economy funding pre-employment assured skills academy training to the value of almost £1m over three years.
Nick Beighton, CEO, ASOS, said: “As a rapidly growing business at the forefront of online retailing, we’re continually investing in our technology capabilities. Our new hub will provide us with cutting-edge tech expertise to support future growth.
“Belfast has a wealth of tech talent and we’re excited to be establishing a permanent base in such a vibrant city.”
Gordon Lyons, economy minister, said: “Once in place, the new jobs will contribute almost £6.5m in additional annual salaries to the local economy. Of the new roles, 130 will participate in my Department’s pre-employment Assured Skills training programme which will offer the company a pipeline of skilled people over the next three years.”
“The first Assured Skills Academy with ASOS, focusing on Data Engineering and being delivered by South Eastern Regional College, is open for applications now – I urge anyone who is interested and eligible to apply for this exciting opportunity.”