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Asos to create 180 jobs in Northern Ireland with new tech hub

28 Sep 2021

UK online fashion retailer Asos is to invest GBP14m (US$19.07m) in a new tech hub in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in a move that will create 184 new jobs over the next three years.

Asos to create 180 jobs in Northern Ireland with new tech hub

The new Belfast tech hub will be operational in early 2022, with 52 dedicated roles in the first year, growing to 184 by 2024, with recruitment already underway.

Recruiting across a range of levels and job functions including engineering and data science, the creation of the new hub in Belfast is part of the wider strategic plans for Asos’ tech team, which will enable the continued growth and expansion of the business.

“As a rapidly growing business at the forefront of online retailing, we’re continually investing in our technology capabilities. Our new hub will provide us with cutting-edge tech expertise to support future growth,” says Asos CEO Nick Beighton.

Cliff Cohen, chief technology officer at Asos, adds: “Asos is a fast-growing business and constantly looking to innovate through our technology. As we continue to scale our investment in technology, we are looking to hire talent across engineering roles into our new tech hub, and help foster talent in Northern Ireland by supporting its growing reputation as a centre for tech excellence.”

Economy Minister Gordon Lyons MLA notes today’s (28 September) announcement by Asos is a clear vote of confidence for Northern Ireland.

“Its new Belfast Tech Hub and the creation of over 180 jobs represents a major investment in Northern Ireland by the company. In return, our talent base will provide it with the high quality engineering resources it needs to deliver its international growth plans.

“Once in place, the new jobs will contribute almost GBP6.5m in additional
annual salaries. Of the new roles, 130 will participate in my department’s pre-employment Assured Skills training programme which will offer the company a
pipeline of skilled graduates over the next three years.”

To help secure this project, Invest Northern Ireland has been working with Asos
since 2017. The agency has offered almost GBP1.2m of support towards the new software engineering roles and The Department for the Economy is funding pre-employment Assured Skills Academy training of almost GBP1m over three years.

Asos recently joined The Climate Pledge, a commitment to reach the Paris Agreement ten years early and be net-zero carbon by 2040.

It has also announced a set of new 2030 sustainability goals, which include becoming net-zero across the full value chain by 2030 and the supply chain mapping of all its own-brand products to the raw material level.