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Accountants BDO to create 43 more jobs in Belfast as company expands

By Yvette Shapiro

Published 15/09/2016

Commitment: Peter Burnside
Commitment: Peter Burnside

International accountancy firm BDO is to create 43 jobs in Belfast over the next three years, partly funded by almost £218,000 in grants from Invest NI.

BDO, whose clients include some of the world's leading companies, is expanding its operations here and will employ more than 200 people by 2018.

Peter Burnside, who is the managing partner of BDO Northern Ireland, said: "As an established local firm we are committed to investing in and developing the local marketplace, creating as many employment opportunities as we can. Through our membership of the BDO International network we have been able to secure this significant contract with the support of Invest NI.

"At BDO Northern Ireland we provide careers, not just jobs, and this contract enables us to create up to 43 new positions that will contribute over £1m per annum to the local economy.

"With 12 of the roles already filled, we are continuing to recruit and greatly appreciate all the support provided by Invest NI."

First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness attended the BDO jobs announcement, which was held in Belfast yesterday. "This is a promising new venture for BDO Northern Ireland which operates as part of an international accountancy and business advisory network," Mrs Foster said.

"These 43 new jobs will generate over £1m annually in additional salaries and bring BDO Northern Ireland's employment levels to more than 200 people by 2018."

Mr McGuinness said: "BDO's decision to establish this new business line and create 43 new jobs is a positive development for the local economy.

"BDO require a skilled and educated workforce and this expansion in Belfast is testament to existing BDO staff and the wider labour market.

"I congratulate BDO and assure them the Executive will continue to make every effort to create a 'pro-business' environment, enabling companies to grow and create jobs."

BDO is the latest consultancy firm to expand its Northern Ireland base.

Deloitte has said it's taking on an additional 300 staff here, growing its workforce to more than 1,000 over the next four years.

And PwC's Belfast office is the company's fastest-growing in the UK. It now has close to 1,400 staff in Northern Ireland.

Meanwhile, last month it revealed that it's hiring more than 1,000 technology specialists across the UK to deal with growing cyber-security concerns among its clients.

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