// Asos is set to invest £14m in a new Tech Hub in Belfast, creating 184 new jobs over the next three years
// The hub will be operational in early 2022, with 52 dedicated roles in the first year
Northern Ireland’s Economy Minister Gordon Lyons his morning announced that Asos will invest £14 million in a new Tech Hub in Belfast.
The new hub will create 184 new jobs over the next three years, Minister Lyons announced on Tuesday
The hub will be operational in early 2022, with 52 dedicated roles in the first year, growing to 184 by 2024, with recruitment already underway.
Explaining Asos’s decision to invest in Northern Ireland, the retailer’s chief executive Nick Beighton said: “We’re continually investing in our technology capabilities. Our new hub will provide us with 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.”
Welcoming Asos to Northern Ireland, Gordon Lyons said: “ Today’s announcement by Asos is a clear vote of confidence for Northern Ireland and our strong appeal as an investment location. The development of the new Belfast Tech Hub and the creation of over 180 jobs represents a significant investment in Northern Ireland by the company. In return, our talent base will provide Asos with the high quality engineering resources it needs to deliver its international growth plans.
“Once in place, the new jobs will contribute almost £6.5million 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 Minister added: “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.”