A U.S. software firm named Harness has announced to create 80 new jobs in Northern Ireland. The California based Silicon Valley company has already hired 30 employees in Belfast since its establishment last year. Moreover, the company has planned to hire the remaining resources over the next three years.

Harness is exploring opportunities in Northern Ireland

Jyoti Bansal founded the Silicon Valley company Harness just five years ago and is establishing its footprints in UK. The company’s valuation stood at $3.7 billion (£3bn) in April this year. Furthermore, Harness provides technology for companies to speed up and deploy software products. Therefore, it makes sense for the company to explore opportunities one of Europe’s strongest technology hubs. Harness already have a customer base in Northern Ireland.

“We are excited about the range of positions we are creating in Northern Ireland. Our team here will play an important role in expanding the Harness platform for our customers that rely on it to build and deploy their most important software.” Harness co-founder & CEO Jyoti Bansal said in a statement.

Hybrid work model for new jobs

The company has already filled 30 out of 80 positions which they have announced to create. However, Harness is now looking to fill a range of roles from graduate to senior level resources. Furthermore, they are seeking resources in engineering, user experience, management and customer success. Importantly, these roles are mainly based on hybrid models. Therefore, employees need to work both from home and from the company’s Belfast base at Urban HQ. “With many of our customers already located in the city, investing in our Belfast presence puts Harness in the centre of one of Europe’s strongest technology hubs. We look forward to seeing all the ways our new employees will contribute to the future of Harness.” Jyoti added to his statement.

Support from Invest NI

In addition, the announcement from Harness was welcomed by several segments including the Irish administration and Invest NI. Moreover, Invest NI have supported these new jobs. In addition, Economy Minister Gordon Lyons said that companies like Harness will help in shaping Northern Ireland’s economic future. Furthermore, he stated that the hybrid work model will encourage professionals to apply for these roles from all over Ireland.

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