Northern Ireland

IT company Rapid7 creating 75 jobs in Belfast

An American software company is setting up in Northern Ireland and creating 75 new jobs.

Rapid7, which specialises in security solutions and data assets, is setting up offices in Belfast.

The jobs will each pay a salary of more than £40,000 annually.

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said: "Not only are these jobs highly skilled, they are highly paid. The new positions will be created over the next three years."

She said the jobs would be worth more than £3m annually to the local economy.

"This investment is a further boost to our already strong ICT sector, which has already attracted many global companies over recent years," she added.

Invest NI has offered support of £510,000 for the investment.

Rapid7's software is used by nearly 3,000 enterprises and government agencies in more than 78 countries, while the company's free products are downloaded more than one million times a year.

Rapid7's chief executive Corey Thomas said: "We had the pleasure of meeting the first minister and the deputy first minister when they came to Boston last year.

"With their encouragement we decided to consider Northern Ireland further.

"We were impressed with the excellent business environment, particularly the close working relationship between government, industry and academia. Of note was the work the universities are doing in IT security."

Rapid7 was founded in 2000 and has its headquarters in Boston.

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