100 Jobs At New Belfast FinTech Centre

Some 100 new jobs are to be created as an Atlanta-headquartered firm establishes a FinTech centre in Belfast.

Risk management company Riskonnect is offering roles for local engineers and developers.

With offices in the US, London and India, the firm provides technology solutions to over 900 global customers to help them anticipate, manage, and respond in real-time to strategic and operational risks.

The local investment comes off the back of a successful expansion period that saw the company acquire Marsh ClearSight in 2018.

The Belfast team will support Riskonnect's global operations and facilitate the continuation of its ambitious global growth plans.

Economy Minister Diane Dodds met Riskonnect leaders on the second day of her business visit to the United States.

Welcoming the investment in Northern Ireland, she said: "Riskonnect is a global leader in integrated risk management and this project represents a significant investment into the Northern Ireland economy.

"These are high quality jobs contributing over £3million in additional annual salaries to the Northern Ireland economy."

Invest NI is supporting the firm with expert advice and £416,000 towards the new roles, 25 of which have already been filled.

CEO of the agency Kevin Holland said: "We are a significant player in the global fintech sector. Indeed, Belfast was recently ranked third (after London and Singapore) overall in fDi magazine's Fintech Location of the Future for 2019/20."

Jim Wetekamp, CEO of Riskonnect said he is confident the city of Belfast is a prosperous site to establish operations.

"We are making this major investment in response to an increase in demand for our services. Northern Ireland's burgeoning fintech sector, together with a dynamic and highly educated workforce, makes Belfast an obvious choice for us," Mr Wetekamp commented.

"We were highly impressed by the local talent offering and by the strong links forged between industry and universities. We are confident that we can find the workforce we need amongst Northern Ireland's talent base to support our ambitious global strategy."


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