New IT jobs for Wearside

(left to right) Alec Berry, senior consultant at Saggezza's Sunderland office, Martin Williams, MD of Saggezza UK, and Cllr Paul Watson, leader of Sunderland City Council in the Sunderland Software Centre.
(left to right) Alec Berry, senior consultant at Saggezza's Sunderland office, Martin Williams, MD of Saggezza UK, and Cllr Paul Watson, leader of Sunderland City Council in the Sunderland Software Centre.
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GLOBAL IT company Saggezza is to create new jobs in Sunderland.

The Chicago firm, which moved into a new base at Sunderland Software Centre last month, made the announcement during a visit by senior representatives from the its offices in America, India and the UK.

Saggezza currently employs 16 people in Sunderland, but now bosses say they plan to ‘significantly’ add to that number and will be taking a larger office space in Sunderland’s the centre.

Chief operations manager Socka Suppiah said: “Sunderland has proven to be a fantastic base for our business, and we hope that the early success we have seen here will continue with the ongoing expansion of the team over the next few years.

“Saggezza is a fast-growing company, and we really are delighted to be committing to the city.

“Sunderland Software Centre is a fantastic, state-of-the-art space for the business to develop and grow, and we were very clear that we could grow the business from here.”

The company hopes to meet prospective employees at a Software Jobs Fair event organised by Sunderland City Council, which will be held at the E-volve Business Centre in Rainton Bridge on Wednesday and at the Software Centre on Thursday, which will see more than 100 vacancies offered up by IT, software and technology employers from the city.

City council chief executive Dave Smith said Saggezza’s commitment to the city was a major boost for Sunderland and would create a large number of high value jobs long into the future.

“Saggezza is a hugely successful business, and the fact that – of anywhere in the world – they have chosen Sunderland is a major coup for the city and a fantastic statement of just how much the management team believe in Sunderland, the North East and the people we have here.

“Saggezza’s commitment to create jobs here demonstrates that we have got it right in Sunderland – that the city offers a fantastic blend of support, infrastructure, skills and know-how to spur on the growth of businesses in technology and IT. That really is testament to the strong partnerships formed between us as a local authority, and the education sector, as well as the private sector and support sector.

“We’re delighted it is paying off.”

To register attendance at the Sunderland Software Jobs Fair, visit www.makeitsunderland.com/jobsfairs.