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Call centre to create 600 posts
Call centre worker
At least 400 of the jobs will be in Armagh
An Indian company is to create more than 600 jobs at a new call centre in Northern Ireland, Prime Minister Tony Blair has announced.

About 400 of the posts at IT company HCL will be based in Armagh, with the rest in either Belfast or Armagh depending on operational requirements.

Earlier this year, HCL acquired Portadown-based company Answercall Direct, safeguarding 140 jobs.

Mr Blair made the announcement at a business awards event in New Delhi.

Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain said the news was a credit to the "quality of the workforce" in Northern Ireland.

"This expansion, supported by Invest Northern Ireland, will create at least 400 new jobs in Armagh with the balance at Armagh or Belfast depending on operational requirements," he said.

HCL chairman Shiv Nadar said: "We invested in Northern Ireland with our partners BT Plc in 2001 in an act of faith, backing our instincts and strategy, and that of our partner.

"We are proud of what this operation has demonstrated, not only for HCL, but also for the entire Northern Ireland and UK community in adding value locally by being part of a global strategy."

Invest Northern Ireland has offered 4.68m to support the creation of the 600 new jobs.


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