Derry’s largest employer Seagate Technology is to create 35 new jobs at its Derry plant as part of a £34.7 million investment.
The new research and development posts were announced by the First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness at the firm’s Springtown facility this morning.
The project involves the development of cutting-edge, heat assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) technology and will require a team of 178 highly qualified staff, necessitating the recruitment of an additional 35 highly skilled research and development engineers with an average salary of £35,000 a year.
Mr McGuinness said the announcement was a “tremendous day” for Derry.
He added: “Seagate operates in an environment where the pace of innovation is relentless and this investment signals the company is confident Derry and the North West is capable of meeting the considerable challenges.
SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan said the announcement was a “huge vote of confidence” in the Springtown plant and in the existing workforce there.
He added: “These additional posts are exactly the sort of high-end technology jobs which we need to secure to develop and boost not only Seagate’s presence but the wider Derry economy.
“I can recall working with John Hume when he first brought Seagate Executives to the city more than 20 years ago and mobilised the case for their significant investment here.
“The Seagate plant in Derry has served the North West economy well, but also serves Seagate’s global market powerfully.”