First Minister Peter Robinson and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness with Dr Brendan Mooney, Managing Director of Kainos Software

Invest NI supporting project with finance totalling £4.7m

The value of the overall deal could be in the region of £13 million (€17.7million)

Company to pay an initial £4.9m for US software firm

Every employer in the UK has a duty to be aware of the different legal rate for the National Minimum Wage which varies from an apprentice rate of £2.73 per hour to the adult rate (21 and over) of £6.50 per hour

Firms failed to pay workers the National Minimum Wage

A worker at the Andor Technology factory  in Belfast. The firm  is actively seeking 18 voluntary redundancies at its Belfast operations.  Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker

Parent company Oxford Instruments confirms exercise to make cost savings of £6m

Jim Clerkin attends DuJour Magazine and NYY Steak celebrating Chrissy Teigen with FENDI timepieces and Moet Ice on  in New York City. Photograph:  Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for DuJour

Having grown up on a pig farm, Jim Clerkin’s early years with Guinness paved the way to top Moët Hennessy USA post

 Ulster Bank and its parent company Royal Bank of Scotland are to create 350 additional jobs at an Ulster Bank customer contact centre in Belfast. Photo: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

New employees will provide support for RBS, NatWest and Ulster Bank customers

The North’s Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said the fall in both the local unemployment rate and the decrease in the number of people claiming jobless benefits was “encouraging”.

Number of people claiming unemployment benefits fell to 48,200 in January

A   Bombardier Learjet 45; part of the Ministerial Air Transport fleet. Job losses in Belfast  are the result of a decision by the aerospace group to “pause” its Learjet 85  program because of weak demand. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Weak demand sees Canadian aerospace firm reduce headcount for second time in 12 months

“By building on our current strengths . . . Northern Ireland has the opportunity to improve the health of its citizens whilst providing strong economic growth for the future”

Life sciences generate sales of about £800m a year and account for 10% of exports from the North

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