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A new scheme proposed by technology body, Momentum, could open up thousands of new job opportunities for umbrella company contractors working in Northern Ireland.

The aim of the IT and technology firm’s scheme: ‘New ideas, New technology, New jobs’, is to set out a pathway for the creation of 20,000 new jobs, within the next four years.

IT contractors will be interested to hear that the independent report, which has led to the proposal, revealed that as long as IT workers had the sufficient skills, this sector could potentially look to employ over 50,000 by 2017.

The report has been created after six months of analysing the current barriers to growth and the requirements needed to go forward; and looks to set out a pathway in order for the digital industry to maintain growth in the future.  An avenue thought to help with this, is to lower university fees to increase the number of students gaining these all important IT skills.

The Confederation of British Industry’s Northern Ireland, who represent around one third of the private sector workforce and over 60% of the largest employers in Northern Ireland, reinforced their support of the scheme by contributing to the Manifesto.

Northern Ireland Director of CBI Northern Ireland, Nigel Smyth, said, “The sector provides the most significant opportunities for jobs in Northern Ireland. We need to raise awareness of the exciting opportunities which exist within this diverse industry to the wider community, and ensure we align our education and training system with this potential.”

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