Workrise to create 153 new jobs in Belfast

Decision by Workrise to locate in Belfast will put Northern Ireland at the spearhead of hybrid working and the skills of the future.

Texas-headquartered workforce management company Workrise has revealed plans to create a technology engineering centre in Northern Ireland, creating 153 jobs in the process.

Workrise provides a full-service workforce solution, matching skilled labour contractors to companies that require staff for time-bound projects.

“We selected Northern Ireland as the location for this new centre based on the high-quality software engineers with industry skills, along with a strong pipeline of graduates from your excellent universities”

Workrise, which is based in Austin, Texas, said it will be opening up an office in Belfast city centre so employees can benefit from a hybrid model of working.

Growth plans

“To achieve our growth plans we are expanding and centralising our software engineering function,” said Workrise CEO and co-founder Xuan Yong.

“We selected Northern Ireland as the location for this new centre based on the high-quality software engineers with industry skills, along with a strong pipeline of graduates from your excellent universities. This along with the practical and financial support from Invest NI, made Northern Ireland a very attractive location.

“We started out in 2014 as a platform to match skilled laborers with companies in the oil and gas industry. Over the last couple of years, we’ve broadened our reach to companies and trade workers in the solar, wind, commercial construction, and defence industries. We now plan to continue our expansion into new markets over the coming years.

“By automating the process of matching workers to companies, we bring technology-backed efficiencies across recruiting, logistics, operations and payments which ultimately reduce the operational costs for the business,” Yong said.

The investment was welcomed by Northern Ireland Economy Minister Gordon Lyons.

“We want post-Covid Northern Ireland to be stronger than before. We want our people to develop the skills of the future and our businesses to be resilient, innovative, sustainable and competitive.

“One of the ways we can achieve this is to attract new investment and create high-value employment. I am therefore very pleased to announce this latest new investment into Northern Ireland.

“Workrise’s decision to establish its new engineering centre here will create 153 high-quality jobs, all paying salaries above the average annual wage for the private sector. With a hybrid working approach in place, people from all over Northern Ireland will be able to apply, and there are exciting opportunities on offer for graduates. Overall, the project will contribute £6.8m in wages to the local economy once all the roles are in place with benefits of the investment being felt across Northern Ireland.”

Invest Northern Ireland has offered the company £994,500 of support towards the creation of the new technology jobs.

“Northern Ireland has a well-developed and growing ICT sector,” said Invest NI CEO Kevin Holland.

“We collaborate with partners across Northern Ireland to continue developing the talent that businesses like Workrise look for. New investors with novel technology ideas and solutions offer excellent potential for knowledge transfer, career progression and sector development – enhancing Northern Ireland’s world-class reputation in this field.

“Workrise plans to create the 153 jobs over the next four years, with an initial focus on establishing the engineering team. It is currently recruiting software engineering roles including Backend, Frontend and DevOps with circa 30 staff in place so far, working remotely across Northern Ireland. Later recruitment will turn to Product Management and Program Management roles with ultimately plans in place to establish a central office in Belfast.”

John Kennedy
Award-winning editor John Kennedy is one of Ireland's most experienced business and technology journalists.