A New York based technology business has opened offices in Northern Ireland, creating 50 new jobs. Qarik, founded in 2019 by senior technology consultants Gavan Corr, a native of Northern Ireland, and Joe Schenk, provides cloud-based data management and analysis software development services to corporate customers in the US.
The Economy Minister, Diane Dodds said: “I had the pleasure of meeting Gavan and Joe in New York in March. I am delighted that the discussions with invest Northern Ireland, which started just over 12 months ago, have not only reached a positive conclusion, but that the company is already up and running with a team in place as part of its new Research and Delivery Hub.
“As well as roles at a senior level, the project also includes 10 positions specifically aimed at new graduates. The combination of opportunities for those starting out in their career and roles for those with experience brings a lot of benefit to our growing software development sector, as well as contributing nearly £2.2million in annual salaries to the Northern Ireland economy.”
Qarik co-founder Mr Corr said: “I grew up in Country Armagh, graduated from Queen’s University and completed a post-grad at Ulster University so I knew that Northern Ireland was the right place for this research team.
“Not only has this been the right decision, it has been such a positive experience that we have been able to grow the team much quicker than anticipated. Exceeding all our expectations, we already have 37 of the 50 jobs in place.
“This not only gives us confidence in our decision but optimism for future growth here.”
Welcoming the company to Northern Ireland Invest NI CEO, Kevin Holland said: “Qarik’s Research and Delivery Hub here in Belfast will support the US team with key research projects to develop new products, as well as service delivery with existing client projects.
“The roles range from graduate level to very senior and are focused on data science, software engineering, DevOps and user experience design. The fact the company has been able to recruit so many of the roles so quickly is testament to both its commitment to this investment and to the skills on offer here.”
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