Northern Ireland

Oxford Consulting Group announces 33 jobs for Belfast

An American IT firm is to create 33 new jobs in Belfast.

Oxford Consulting Group (OCG) Inc, a consulting firm, is to establish a development centre in the city.

The investment is being supported by Invest Northern Ireland, which has offered £330,000 of assistance.

"This investment has been won for Northern Ireland by a combination of factors, not least of which is the availability of talented IT staff," Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said.

"Invest NI worked hard to ensure that OCG was aware of all the benefits of setting up in Northern Ireland including our cost competitive environment, technically advanced infrastructure and the support on offer.

"These new, high quality jobs will pay salaries more than double the private sector average and will contribute around £1.4m a year to the economy.

"Investments like this demonstrate that despite the challenging global economic climate, businesses that can offer high quality services focused on customer needs will continue to grow."

Michelle Kerr, founder, chairwoman and president of Oxford Consulting Group, said: "We were very impressed with the quality of Northern Ireland's offering and with the support made available to us by Invest NI.

"The Belfast operation will play a key role in supporting our projected growth, which will see us double revenue by 2015."

OCG was set up in Ohio in 1998 and employs almost 200 staff.

The company specialises in services and solutions for supply chain management, business to business integration, and IT staffing.

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